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Atlassian JIRA in a Docker container

A containerized installation of Atlassian JIRA setup with a goal of keeping the installation as default as possible, but with a few Docker related twists.

Want to help out, check out the contribution section.

Important changes

The installation directory /usr/local/atlassian/jira is not mounted as a volume as standard anymore. Should you need to persist changes in this directory run the container with the additional argument --volume /usr/local/atlassian/jira.

I'm in the fast lane! Get me started

To quickly get started with running a JIRA instance, first run the following command:

docker run --detach --publish 8080:8080 cptactionhank/atlassian-jira:latest

Then use your browser to nagivate to http://[dockerhost]:8080 and finish the configuration.

The slower road to get started

An assumption is made that the docker version is at least 1.3.0 for the additional methods docker exec and docker create.

This is how to create the container for running an Atlassian JIRA instance and before you run the command as is take note of the [your settings] which should be left out or filled to suit your needs.

docker create [your settings] cptactionhank/atlassian-jira:latest

Below is some documentation for additional configuration of the JIRA application, keep in mind this is the only tested configuration to suit own needs.

Additional JIRA settings

Use the CATALINA_OPTS environment variable for changing advanced settings eg. changing memory consumption or extending plugin loading timeout. All possible configuration settings can be found at the Atlassian JIRA documentation.

Use with Docker add --env 'CATALINA_OPTS=[settings]' as part of your container configuration flags.

JVM memory configuration

To change the default memory configuration to your machine with extended memory usage settings add the following string to your CATALINA_OPTS environment variable. This will setup the JVM to be running with 128MB as minimum and 1GB as maximum allocatable memory.

-Xms128m -Xmx1024m

More information about -Xms and -Xmx visit here.

Plugin loading timeout

To change the plugin loading timeout to 5 minutes the following string should be added to the CATALINA_OPTS environment variable.


Apache Portable Runtime (APR) based Native library for Tomcat

This is enabled by default.

Running as a different user

Here will be information on how to run as a different user

--user "docker-user:docker-group"

make sure the home directory /var/local/atlassian/jira is set up with full read, write, and execute permissions on the directory.

If not mounting the home directory volume yourself you can change the folder permissions by

$ docker exec [container] chown docker-user:docker-group /var/local/atlassian/jira

Please note that the exec will be executed as the supplied user in the docker create command, ie. docker-user:docker-group. You can circumvent this by

$ docker run -ti --rm --user root:root --volumes-from [container] java:7 chown docker-user:docker-group /var/local/atlassian/jira


Example mounting files to change log4j logging output:

--volume "[hostpath]/"

This should also be modifiable to suit your needs.

Reverse Proxy Support

You need to change the /usr/local/atlassian/jira/conf/server.xml file inside the container to include a couple of Connector attributes.

Gaining access to the server.xml file on a running container use the following docker command edited to suit your setup

$ docker run -ti --rm --volumes-from <container> ubuntu:latest vi /usr/local/atlassian/jira/conf/server.xml

Within this container the file can be accessed and edited to match your configuration (remember to restart the JIRA container after).


For a reverse proxy server listening on port 80 (HTTP) for inbound connections add and edit the following connector attributes to suit your setup.

<connector ...


For a reverse proxy server listening on port 443 (HTTPS) for inbound connections add and edit the following connector attributes to suit your setup.

<connector ...


This has been made with the best intentions and current knowledge so it shouldn't be expected to be flawless. However you can support this too with best practices and other additions. Travis-CI has been setup to build the Dockerfile and run acceptance tests on the application image to ensure it is tested and working.

Out of date documentation, version, lack of tests, etc. why not help out by either creating an issue and open a discussion or sending a pull request with modifications.

Acceptance tests are performed by Travis-CI in Ruby using the RSpec framework.

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