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Zipkin using Docker (with boot2docker)

There are actually two repos that have done the hard work here:

Unfortunately both of them haven't worked for me on my mac book with boot2docker. Cassandra couldn't be started because of missing permissions for setting the ulimit. So I took the cassandra docker image from poklet ( and integrated that into the deploy script.

Start Zipkin


All you need to do is to run the and change some of the parameters at the top of the file. At least you should have a look at the IP for your boot2docker vm (DOCKER_DAEMON_HOST). When you're not running boot2docker set it to localhost or whatever IP the docker daemon is running on.


Simple start:


Remove running images before starting the new setup:

Beware: this will delete all stored samples in ZIPKIN

   export CLEANUP="y" && ./


Open your http://[HOST_ADDRESS]:8080 in your browser, e.g. You should see the zipkin page. It takes some time for zipkin-web to start. You can double check that by

   docker logs zipkin-web

Then you are ready to go.

Zipkin Example

I would suggest to try out the good activator template from Lev Khomich:

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