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Seafile container with auto setup
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Seafile Docker container based on Ubuntu


  • Tailored to use the newest seafile version at rebuild (so it should always be up-to-date)
  • Running under dumb-init to prevent the "child reaping problem"
  • Configurable to run with MySQL/MariaDB or SQLite
  • Auto-setup at initial run


If you want to run with sqlite:

docker run -d -e SEAFILE_NAME=Seaflail \
    -e \
    -e \
    -e SEAFILE_ADMIN_PW=LoremIpsum \
    -v /home/data/seafile:/seafile \

If you want to use MySQL:

docker run -d -e SEAFILE_NAME=Seaflail \
    -e \
    -e \
    -e SEAFILE_ADMIN_PW=LoremIpsum \
  -e MYSQL_USER=seafile \
  -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=hunter2 \
    -v /home/data/seafile:/seafile \



|-- ccnet
|-- conf
|-- seafile-data
-- seahub-data /opt/-- haiwen
|-- ccnet -> /seafile/ccnet
|-- conf -> /seafile/conf
|-- logs
|-- pids
|-- seafile-data -> /seafile/seafile-data
|-- seafile-server-5.1.3
|-- seafile-server-latest -> seafile-server-5.1.3
`-- seahub-data -> /seafile/seahub-data

All important data is stored under /seafile, so you should be mounting a volume there (recommended) or at the respective subdirectories. This will not happen automatically!
There are a plethora of environment variables which might be needed for your setup. I recommend using Dockers --env-file option.

Mandatory ENV variables for auto setup

  • SEAFILE_NAME: Name of your Seafile installation
  • SEAFILE_ADDRESS: URL to your Seafile installation
  • SEAFILE_ADMIN: E-mail address of the Seafile admin
  • SEAFILE_ADMIN_PW: Password of the Seafile admin

If you want to use MySQL/MariaDB, the following variables are needed:

Mandatory ENV variables for MySQL/MariaDB

  • MYSQL_SERVER: Address of your MySQL server
  • MYSQL_USER: MySQL user Seafile should use
  • MYSQL_USER_PASSWORD: Password for said MySQL User
  • MYSQL_PORT: Port MySQL runs on

Optional ENV variables for auto setup with MySQL/MariaDB

  • MYSQL_USER_HOST: Host the MySQL User is allowed from (default: '%')
  • MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: If you haven't set up the MySQL tables by yourself, Seafile will do it for you when being provided with the MySQL root password

If you plan on omitting /seafile as a volume and mount the subdirectories instead, you'll need to additionally specify SEAHUB_DB_DIR which containes the subdirectory of /seafile the seahub.db file shall be put in.

There are some more variables which could be changed but have not been tested and are probably not fully functional as well. Therefore those not mentioned here. Inspect the script if you have additional needs for customization.

Web server

This container does not include a web server. It's intended to be run behind a reverse proxy. You can read more about that in the Seafile manual:

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Comments (2)
10 months ago

the container works very well, wonderful job.
would need to add a cron to perform the periodic police of libraries as explained here
I am not able to make change, anyone can succeed? thank you

a year ago

Great work! Thanks!
This worked (partially) for me, even migrating an existing setup (docker-less).
Do you think you could also expose 8080 for WebDAV service?

Another question: how will the future upgrades be treated with existing data?
The manual invite to execute some scripts (for example upgrade/ in standard installation.