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HOMER 5 Docker Multi-Container
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HOMER 5 Docker

A simple recipe to bring up a quick, self-contained Homer5 instance:

  • debian/jessie (base image)
  • Kamailio4.x:9060 (sipcapture module)
  • Apache2/PHP5:80 (homer ui/api)
  • MySQL5.6/InnoDB:3306 (homer db/data)


  • Initial working prototype - Testing Needed!

Running multi-containers

Mult-container quick-start

git clone
cd homer-docker
docker-compose build
docker-compose up

Using docker-compose

It's encouraged as a best practice to deploy separate containers for each process. To specify what's required to build & run each container, it's recommended to use docker-compose. The linked document explains a number of ways to install it, however, we'll recommend installing it using Docker (as if you're using this, your system likely has it!). Requires Docker 1.10 or greater.

$ curl -L > /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
$ chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
$ docker-compose --version

Bringing up all the containers

All that should be required is to, in the root of this clone, issue:

$ docker-compose up

Which will spin up all the containers, and it will show you the logs (the STDOUT from the foreground process) as you move along. You can stop the containers by hitting ctrl-c. In production, you'll want to detach from the docker-compose up command which can be achieved with the -d option, a la...

$ docker-compose up -d

Modifying the default options

There's a homer.env file with environment variables in the root of the clone, which by default should work just fine.

For example you may choose to use a remote mysql host rather than have the one contained herein, if that is so, change the USE_REMOTE_MYSQL to false, and specify the DB_HOST as

It is recommended to change the MySQL and homer passwords in your own setup, especially in production.

Using the data volumes

The docker-compose scheme will create named data volumes to store the mysql data. You can find the volumes it has created with:

$ docker volume ls | grep -i homer

Starting anew

So, you'd like to remove everything you've done up to this point? And start 'er fresh run docker-compose down and remove the data containers...

$ docker-compose down

# Warning this will delete all of your mysql data!
$ docker volume rm $(docker volume ls | grep -i homer | awk '{print $2}')

Docker will warn if you the data container is already in use, and you must stop and remove any containers which have those volumes in use.

Running in a single container.

While the multi-container setup is recommended, you can find the legacy container for running all processes in a single volume in the everything/ folder.

Pull latest

docker pull sipcapture/homer-docker

Run latest

docker run -tid --name homer5 -p 80:80 -p 9060:9060/udp sipcapture/homer-docker

Running with a local MySQL

By default, the container runs with a local instance of MySQL running. It may be of interest to run MySQL with a host directory mounted as a volume for MySQL data. This will help with keeping persistent data if you need to stop & remove the running container. (Which would otherwise delete the MySQL, without a mounted volume)

You can run this container with a volume like so:

docker run -it -v /tmp/homer_mysql/:/var/lib/mysql --name homer5 -p 80:80 -p 9060:9060/udp sipcapture/homer-docker

Running with an external MySQL

If you'd like to run with an external MySQL, pass in the host information for the remote MySQL as entrypoint parameters at the end of your docker run command.

docker run -tid --name homer5 -p 80:80 -p 9060:9060/udp sipcapture/homer-docker --dbhost --dbuser homer_user -dbpass homer_password

Entrypoint Parameters

For single-container only.

Homer5 Docker parameters:

    --dbpass -p             MySQL password (homer_password)
    --dbuser -u             MySQL user (homer_user)
    --dbhost -h             MySQL host ( [docker0 bridge])
    --mypass -P             MySQL root local password (secret)
    --hep    -H             Kamailio HEP Socket port (9060)

Local Build & Test

git clone; cd homer-docker
docker build --tag="sipcapture/homer-docker:local" ./everything/
docker run -t -i sipcapture/homer-docker:local --name homer5
docker exec -it homer5 bash

Appendix - Destination Stats

By defining WITH_HOMER_DEST_STATS in kamailio.cfg it's possible to enable capturing data related to the dialled country, prefix, geolocation and duration.

The data is transported inside a SIP header, P-Dest-Stats.


P-Dest-Stats: CC=es;PR=+349;Dur=138;Lat=0;Lon=0

Kamailio will do two things:

  1. Populate the table homer_statistic.stats_dest_mem as soon as that header is found in a SIP message

  2. Every 5 minutes summarise the stats into homer_statistic.stats_dest_reply and empty homer_statistic.stats_dest_mem

The data from homer_statistic.stats_dest_reply can be presented inside a Sipcapture Stats widget.

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