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Dockerized UniFi controller
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Based on the work of Jacob Alberty


This is a containerized version of Ubiqiti Network's Unifi Controller version 5.

Use docker run --net=host -d jacobalberty/unifi:unifi5 to run it.

The following options may be of use:

  • Set the timezone with TZ
  • Bind mount the data and log volumes

Example to test with

mkdir -p unifi/data
mkdir -p unifi/logs
docker run --rm --net=host -e TZ='Africa/Johannesburg' -v ~/unifi/data:/var/lib/unifi -v ~/unifi/logs:/var/log/unifi --name unifi jacobalberty/unifi:unifi5



Configuration data


Log files


Run information

Environment Variables:


TimeZone. (i.e America/Chicago)


8080/tcp - Device command/control

8443/tcp - Web interface + API

8843/tcp - HTTPS portal

8880/tcp - HTTP portal

3478/udp - STUN service

6789/tcp - Speed Test (unifi5 only)

10001/udp - UBNT Discovery

See UniFi - Ports Used

Mulit-process container

While micro-service patterns try to avoid running multiple processes in a container, the unifi5 container tries to follow the same process execution model intended by the original debian package and it's init script, while trying to avoid needing to run a full init system.

Essentially, dump-init runs a simple shell wrapper script placed at /usr/local/bin/ executes and waits on the jsvc process which orchestrates running the controller as a service. The wrapper script also traps SIGTERM to issue the appropriate stop command to the unifi java com.ubnt.ace.Launcher process in the hopes that it helps keep the shutdown graceful.

Example seen within the container after it was started

$  docker exec -it ef081fcf6440 bash
# ps -e -o pid,ppid,cmd | more
    1     0 /usr/bin/dumb-init -- /usr/local/bin/
    7     1 sh /usr/local/bin/
    9     7 unifi -nodetach -home /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64 -classpath /usr/share/java/commons-daemon.jar:/usr/lib/unifi/lib/ace.jar -pidfile /var/run/unifi/ -procname unifi -outfile /var/log/unifi/unifi.out.log -errfile /var/log/unifi/unifi.err.log -Dunifi.datadir=/var/lib/unifi -Dunifi.rundir=/var/run/unifi -Dunifi.logdir=/var/log/unifi -Djava.awt.headless=true -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Xmx1024M -Xms32M com.ubnt.ace.Launcher start
   10     9 unifi -nodetach -home /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64 -classpath /usr/share/java/commons-daemon.jar:/usr/lib/unifi/lib/ace.jar -pidfile /var/run/unifi/ -procname unifi -outfile /var/log/unifi/unifi.out.log -errfile /var/log/unifi/unifi.err.log -Dunifi.datadir=/var/lib/unifi -Dunifi.rundir=/var/run/unifi -Dunifi.logdir=/var/log/unifi -Djava.awt.headless=true -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Xmx1024M -Xms32M com.ubnt.ace.Launcher start
   31    10 /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java -Xmx1024M -XX:ErrorFile=/usr/lib/unifi/data/logs/hs_err_pid<pid>.log -Dapple.awt.UIElement=true -jar /usr/lib/unifi/lib/ace.jar start
   58    31 bin/mongod --dbpath /usr/lib/unifi/data/db --port 27117 --logappend --logpath logs/mongod.log --nohttpinterface --bind_ip
  108     0 bash
  116   108 ps -e -o pid,ppid,cmd
  117   108 [bash]


Future work?

  • Don't run as root (but Unifi's Debian package does by the way...)
  • Possibly use Debian image with systemd init included (but thus far, I don't know of an official Debian systemd image to base off)
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