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Docker container with Open source integrate library system Koha.
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Docker container for koha 16.05.05

"Koha Library Software:The world's first free and open source library system. Koha is a fully featured, scalable library management system. Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, volunteers, and support companies worldwide."

Install dependencies

To install docker in Ubuntu 15.04 use the commands:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ wget -qO- | sh

To install docker in other operating systems check docker online documentation


To run container use the command below:

$ docker run -d --cap-add=SYS_NICE --cap-add=DAC_READ_SEARCH -p 80 -p 8080 quantumobject/docker-koha

note: koha used Apache/mpm itk that create some problem under docker, there are some sites that recommend to add this to pre-view command : --cap-add=SYS_NICE --cap-add=DAC_READ_SEARCH

Them you need to wait for few second maybe 1 min to allow the installing conf to finish and run this command to check the password for user koha_library :

$ docker logs container_id

Accessing the Koha applications:

After that check with your browser at addresses plus the port assigined by docker for correspoding port 8080:

and then use this password to log in with user name koha_library for the web install if this page show error 500 internal server error them need to execute this command:

$ docker exec -it container_id /bin/bash
$ koha-post-install-setup
$ exit

repeat commmad to the point that apache2 reload and show ok and not fail and try againg to access the web install procedure. I recomend if your fisrt time using Koha that choose all the options posible on the install , you will be able to remove stuff later.

After the web install, you should be redirected to the staff client login screen.

First Configuration of Koha:

  • Login with koha user name(koha_library) and password.
  • Click on the More dropdown menu.
  • Select Administration.
  • Select Libraries, branches and groups under the “Basic Parameters” heading.
  • Click New Library and enter your information into the form.
  • Click Submit. Your Library is now setup in Koha.
  • Create Group search domain and add to library
  • Create Group propieties and add to library
  • Create a new patron for staff and give superuser permision and use this one for future login (from this point I don't recomend to used the koha_library user again).

Execute this command next:

$ docker exec -it container_id after_install

The OPAC client will be at http://ipaddress:80/

The staff client will be at http://ipaddress:8080/

note: 80 and 8080 need to be replace to the external port use by docker for this two internal port . If you need to restart the container for any reason, there is a chance that you need to reload Apache2 internally of the container to work again (still looking for a permanent solution of this problem)

if you see problem with “500 Internal Server Error” you need to

$ docker exec -it container_id /bin/bash
$ /etc/init.d/apache2 restart ==> if fail, do it again ..

and them try to access it again. This happend the first time installed and when container been stop and started (like when rebooting the server)

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Comments (2)
10 months ago

Update container to 16.05.05 version of koha
if you find any problem let me know at

2 years ago

Update container to 3.21 version of koha

if you see problem with “500 Internal Server Error” you need to

docker exec -it container_id /bin/bash

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart ==> if fail do it again ..

and them try to access it again.