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Liferay CE with MySQL support
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Liferay Portal is the world's leading enterprise open source portal framework, offering integrated web publishing and content management, an enterprise service bus and service-oriented architecture, and compatibility with all major IT infrastructure.

This image aims to help you run Liferay Portal Community Edition in a Docker container.

Quick Start

Make sure your Docker host has sufficiently free RAM (at least 4 GB), then run the Liferay image:

docker run --name='liferay' -d -p 8080:8080 rsippl/liferay

NOTE: Please allow a few minutes for the server to start. If you want to make sure that everything went fine, watch the log:

docker exec -it liferay /bin/bash
tail -f /opt/liferay/logs/liferay.2016-04-26.log
tail -f /opt/liferay/tomcat/logs/catalina.2016-04-26.log

Go to http://localhost:8080 (replace localhost with the IP address of your Docker host), then log in. Use the following to log in as the default administrative user:



By default, Liferay is configured to use Hypersonic as its database. Hypersonic is an embedded database which can be useful for demonstration and development purposes, but it shouldn't be used in production.

If you use this image in production, you'll probably want to store data separately in an external location. You can use the DB_... environment variables to configure Liferay's database.

If DB_KIND is hypersonic (or not set), then an embedded Hypersonic database will be used. By setting DB_KIND to mysql, you can use an external MySQL server, e.g. one running in a Docker container:

docker run --name 'mysql' -d \
    -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=secret \
    -e MYSQL_DATABASE=lportal \
    -e MYSQL_USER=liferay \
    -e MYSQL_PASSWORD=secret \
    mysql:5.6.30 \
    --character-set-server=utf8 \

Then start the Liferay container:

docker run --name 'liferay' -d \
    -p 8080:8080 \
    -e DB_KIND=mysql \
    -e DB_HOST=liferaydb \
    -e DB_USERNAME=liferay \
    -e DB_PASSWORD=secret \
    --link mysql:liferaydb \


Below is a list of the currently available parameters that can be set
using environment variables.

  • DB_KIND: hypersonic or mysql; default = hypersonic
  • DB_USERNAME: username to use when connecting to the database
  • DB_PASSWORD: password to use when connecting to the database
  • DB_NAME: name of the database to connect to; default = lportal
  • DB_HOST: host of the database server; default = localhost
  • DB_CONN_PARAMS: database connection parameters; for MySQL, default = characterEncoding=UTF-8&dontTrackOpenResources=true&holdResultsOpenOverStatementClose=true&useFastDateParsing=false&useUnicode=true
  • SETUP_WIZARD_ENABLED: starts Liferay's Setup Wizard on first run

Build from Source

The source code is available at

git clone
cd docker-liferay
docker build --tag="$USER/liferay" .


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