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pact with auth
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Dockerised Pact Broker

This repository deploys Pact Broker using lightweight containers using Docker. You can pull the dius/pact-broker image from Dockerhub.


  • A running postgresql database and the ability to connect to it (see
  • If on Mac, you will need the timeout or gtimeout function. You can install gtimeout using brew install coreutils.

Getting Started

  1. Install Docker
  2. Prepare your environment if you are not running postgresql in a docker container. Setup the pact broker connection to the database through the use of the following environment variables. If you want to use a disposable postgres docker container just do export DISPOSABLE_PSQL=true before running the script/

For a postgres or mysql database:

* PACT_BROKER_DATABASE_ADAPTER (optional, defaults to 'postgres', see note below.)

Adapter can be 'postgres' (recommended) or 'mysql2' (please note that future JSON search features may not be supported on mysql).

For an sqlite database (only recommended for investigation/spikes, as it will be disposed of with the container unless you mount it from an external file system):

  • PACT_BROKER_DATABASE_ADAPTER (set to 'sqlite')
  • PACT_BROKER_DATABASE_NAME (arbitrary name eg. pact_broker.sqlite)
  1. Test the pact broker environment by executing script/


  • Use -p 80:80 to start the docker image, as some of the Rack middleware gets confused by receiving requests for other ports and will return a 404 otherwise (port forwarding does not rewrite headers).
  • On OSX, if you are not using Docker native, use docker-machine ip $(docker-machine active) to get the IP of the VirtualBox, and connect on port 80.
  • The application makes use of the phusion passenger application server.
  • Apart from creating a database no further preparation is required.

Using basic auth

Run your container with PACT_BROKER_BASIC_AUTH_USERNAME and PACT_BROKER_BASIC_AUTH_PASSWORD set to enable basic auth for the pact broker application. Note that the verification status badges are not protected by basic auth, so that you may embed them in README markdown.

If you are using the docker container within an AWS autoscaling group, and you need to make a heartbeat URL publicly available, set PACT_BROKER_PUBLIC_HEARTBEAT=true.

Using SSL

See the Pact Broker configuration documentation.

Setting the log level

Set the environment variable PACT_BROKER_LOG_LEVEL to one of DEBUG, INFO, WARN, ERROR, or FATAL.

General Pact Broker configuration and usage

Documentation for the Pact Broker application itself can be found in the Pact Broker wiki.

Running with Docker Compose

For a quick start with the Pact Broker and Postgres, we have an example
Docker Compose setup you can use:

  1. Modify the docker-compose.yml file as required.
  2. Run docker-compose up to get a running Pact Broker and a clean Postgres database

Now you can access your local broker:

curl -v http://localhost # you can visit in your browser too!

# SSL endpoint, note that URLs in response contain https:// protocol
curl -v -k https://localhost:8443

NOTE: this image should be modified before using in Production, in particular, the use of hard-coded credentials

Running with Openshift

See pact-broker-openshift for an example config file.


See the Troubleshooting page on the wiki.

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