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Short Description
Managed ZooKeeper with Exhibitor.
Full Description

Runs an Exhibitor-managed ZooKeeper instance using S3 for backups and automatic node discovery.

Available on the Docker Hub as sspinc/exhibitor:

docker pull sspinc/exhibitor


  • Exhibitor 1.5.6
  • ZooKeeper 3.4.8


The container expects the following environment variables to be passed in:

  • HOSTNAME - addressable hostname for this node (Exhibitor will forward users of the UI to this address)
  • S3_BACKUP - (optional) backup transaction logs to S3 (defaults to false)
  • S3_BUCKET - (optional) bucket used by Exhibitor for backups and coordination
  • S3_PREFIX - (optional) key prefix within S3_BUCKET to use for this cluster
  • AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID - (optional) AWS access key ID with read/write permissions on S3_BUCKET
  • AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY - (optional) secret key for AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID
  • AWS_REGION - (optional) the AWS region of the S3 bucket (defaults to us-west-2)
  • ZK_PASSWORD - (optional) the HTTP Basic Auth password for the "zk" user
  • ZK_DATA_DIR - (optional) Zookeeper data directory
  • ZK_LOG_DIR - (optional) Zookeeper log directory
  • ZK_ENSEMBLE_SIZE - (optional) Zookeeper fixed ensemble size
  • HTTP_PROXY_HOST - (optional) HTTP Proxy hostname
  • HTTP_PROXY_PORT - (optional) HTTP Proxy port
  • HTTP_PROXY_USERNAME - (optional) HTTP Proxy username
  • HTTP_PROXY_PASSWORD - (optional) HTTP Proxy password

Starting the container:

docker run -p 8181:8181 -p 2181:2181 -p 2888:2888 -p 3888:3888 \
    -e S3_BACKUP=true \
    -e S3_BUCKET=<bucket> \
    -e S3_PREFIX=<key_prefix> \
    -e AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=<access_key> \
    -e AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=<secret_key> \
    -e HOSTNAME=<host> \

Once the container is up, confirm Exhibitor is running:

$ curl -s localhost:8181/exhibitor/v1/cluster/status | python -m json.tool
        "code": 3, 
        "description": "serving", 
        "hostname": "<host>", 
        "isLeader": true

See Exhibitor's wiki for more details on its REST API.

You can also check Exhibitor's web UI at http://<host>:8181/exhibitor/v1/ui/index.html

Then confirm ZK is available:

$ echo ruok | nc <host> 2181

AWS IAM Policy

Exhibitor can also use an IAM Role attached to an instance instead of passing access or secret keys.
This is an example policy that would be needed for the instance:

    "Statement": [
            "Resource": [
            "Action": [
            "Effect": "Allow"

Starting the container:

docker run -p 8181:8181 -p 2181:2181 -p 2888:2888 -p 3888:3888 -p 8250:8250 \
    -e S3_BACKUP=true \
    -e S3_BUCKET=<bucket> \
    -e S3_PREFIX=<key_prefix> \
    -e HOSTNAME=<host> \
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