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Dockererised OrientDB for AWS's ECS
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OrientDB dockerized for ECS

OrientDB containerized in a distributed setup ready for AWS's ECS service.

If you are looking for a single instance setup take a look here.

WARNING unfortunately I have been expriencing serious problems using this setup on OrientDB v2.1.5. It is not yet clear to me if problem is the setup or the new bugs introduced in this version, however I currently suggest agains using this image for production on OrientDB versions except v2.0.15. Instead you may use the single instance setup if your are in need of upgrading to v2.1.5.


Currently following versions could be run using this image:

  • image tagged 2.0.15 runs OrientDB 2.0.15
  • image tagged 2.1.5 runs OrientDB 2.1.5

DB Service

WARNING this setup does not encrypt messages sent between DB instances, and is meant to be used INSIDE a secured network.

  • Based on available memory on the host, you have to tune HEAP_MEM_LIMIT and DISK_CACHE_BUFFER accordingly. OrientDB recommends more disk cache than heap.

  • Because in a correct setup each DB container shall run on one separate EC2 machine (container instance) due to static port mappings necessary, you will need exactly the same amount of machines as you will have DB containers.

  • You have to at least expose port 5701 out of container for clustering to work. You will also need one of the ports 2424 (binary) or 2480 (REST API) or maybe both exposed for accessing DB.

  • As multicast is not possible on EC2, and you probably dont want to restart all your containers on each IP change, the Hazelcast's AWS specific discovery is used. For better results it can be restricted either by tags attached to EC2 machine (container instance) or by one shared security group or by both.

  • On the security group attached to your EC2 machines (container instances) which are supposed to run this image as DB cluster, following ports should be opened. You can do it either by giving a specific port range, or by mentioning the security group name as source.

    • Port 5701, DB instances communicate with each other over that port
    • ICMP Echo Request (from Custom ICMP Rule), used for node fail detection
  • AWS key and secret provided shall be best belonging to a new user with only one permission given ec2:DescribeInstances. The whole permission shall look like:

   "Version": "xxxxxxx",
   "Statement": [
       "Sid": "xxxxxx",
       "Effect": "Allow",
       "Action": [
       "Resource": [


Because real backups are only possible on enterprise version of OrientDB, the backup script here uses export functionality.

This same (=saving space on your docker host) image can also be used for making backups of a running DB. In this case the command should be overridden and following params should be provided as environment parameters:


The backup will be stored under the container volume /backups/. Backup file's name contains DB host, DB name and date and time stamp. You can mount the backup volume on another container for further processing (like uploading to S3) using --volumes-from switch. DB should be the full URL to DB. The user with provided credentials should have access to DB.

If your DB consists of a single node, the DB will be read only as long as the backup process is running.

A sample usage:

$ docker run -e BACKUP_DB="remote:" -e BACKUP_USER=admin -e BACKUP_PASS=admin mohamnag/ecs-orientdb /opt/


  1. define an entry point and replace direct script runs with parameters
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