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TYPO3 Flow | Docker image

This is a million12/typo3-flow Docker container with TYPO3 Flow default base distribution.

It is an example of how you can build your own TYPO3 Flow installation, perhaps from your own repository, using the abstract million12/typo3-flow-neos-abstract Docker image. Please read extensive documentation there to learn more.

This container contains PHP/Nginx setup. You will need a separate container with database. See the instructions below.

CAVEAT: by default, this image contain development (master) version of Flow. To switch to different release, edit T3APP_BUILD_BRANCH (can be: branch name or tag name) in Dockerfile and re-build the image. See the website or git repository for info about latest stable version.


By default, the container starts and fully configure TYPO3 Flow, incl. setting and migrating the database.

Launch required containers:

docker run -d --name=db --env="MARIADB_PASS=my-pass" million12/mariadb
docker run -d --name=flow -p=8080:80 --link=db:db --env="T3APP_VHOST_NAMES=flow dev.flow" million12/typo3-flow

You can inspect how the TYPO3 Flow provisioning is going on using docker logs -f flow. When you see something like nginx entered RUNNING state, you are ready to go.

Don't forget to map vhost name(s), provided in above command via T3APP_VHOST_NAMES env variable, on your local machine. Do this by adding following line to your /etc/hosts file:

YOUR_DOCKER_IP flow dev.flow

Now go to http://flow:8080/ (or respectively http://dev.flow:8080/ for Development environment) and enjoy playing with TYPO3 Flow!


Launch separate SSH container and link it with running flow container:

docker run -d --name=dev --link=db:db --link=flow:web --volumes-from=flow -p=1122:22 --env="IMPORT_GITHUB_PUB_KEYS=your-github-username-here" million12/php-app-ssh

Please provide your GitHub username to IMPORT_GITHUB_PUB_KEYS env variable; your public SSH key will be imported from there. After container is launched, your key will be automatically added inside container and you can log in using www user:

ssh -p 1122 www@YOUR_DOCKER_IP

You will find TYPO3 Flow in typo3-app directory (by default). You can do all ./flow commands from there, upload files via SFTP, in general: do all development using it. Learn more about the SSH container on million12/docker-php-app-ssh repository page.

Note: the good part with that side SSH container is that it is build on top of million12/php-app image, exactly the same which is used as a base iamge for million12/typo3-flow-neos-abstract. Therefore you can be sure you have the same PHP configuration, the same software as inside container with running TYPO3 Flow. In practise it means: no quirk issues due to differences in environments.

Usage with Docker Compose (old fig)

Instead of manually launching all containers like described above, you can use Docker Compose. Docker Compose is an orchestration tool and it is very easy to use. If you do not have it yet, install it first.

The docker-compose.yml config file is already provided, so you can launch TYPO3 Flow with just one command:

docker-compose up [-d]

And you're done.

You can uncomment the dev container if you need SSH access. Remember to supply your GitHub username to IMPORT_GITHUB_PUB_KEYS env variable. Provided account has to have your public SSH key added.

Running tests

It is very easy to run unit, functional and Behat tests against TYPO3 Flow with this container. We will use million12/php-app image, link it with running Flow container and run the tests from there. Container million12/php-app is actually a base image for TYPO3 Flow container, so we can be sure we are working in the same environment.

Here's how you can run all tests:

docker run -d --name=db --env="MARIADB_PASS=my-pass" million12/mariadb
docker run -d --name=flow-testing --link=db:db --env="" --env="T3APP_DO_INIT_TESTS=true" --env="T3APP_DO_INIT=false" million12/typo3-flow

# Wait till Flow container is fully provisioned (docker logs -f flow-testing). Then launch tests:
docker run -ti --volumes-from=flow-testing --link=flow-testing:web --link=db:db million12/php-app "
  su www -c \"
    cd ~/typo3-app && \
    echo -e '\n\n======== RUNNING TYPO3 FLOW TESTS =======\n\n' && \
    bin/phpunit -c Build/BuildEssentials/PhpUnit/UnitTests.xml && \
    bin/phpunit -c Build/BuildEssentials/PhpUnit/FunctionalTests.xml

and you should see all tests nicely passing ;-)


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