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AWIPS EDEX Ingest Docker Container

This repository contains files necessary to build and run a Unidata AWIPS EDEX Data Server inside a Docker container.

Quick Start

Download and install Docker and Docker Compose:

Clone this repository

git clone
cd edex-docker

Run the container with docker-compose

docker-compose up -d edex-ingest

Confirm the container is running

docker ps -a 

Enter the container

docker exec -it edex-ingest bash    

Stop the container

docker-compose stop

Delete the container (keep the image)

docker-compose rm -f

Run commands inside the container, such as

docker exec edex-ingest edex

which should return something like

[edex status]
 qpid        :: running :: pid 22474
 EDEXingest  :: running :: pid 21860 31513
 EDEXgrib    :: not running
 ldmadmin    :: running :: pid 22483

 edex (status|start|stop|setup|log|purge|qpid|users)

To update to the latest version and restart:

docker pull unidata/edex-ingest:latest
docker-compose stop
docker-compose up -d edex-ingest

Configuration and Customization

The file docker-compose.yml defines files to mount to the container and which ports to open:

  image: unidata/edex-ingest:latest
  container_name: edex-ingest
    - ./etc/ldmd.conf:/awips2/ldm/etc/ldmd.conf
    - ./etc/pqact.conf:/awips2/ldm/etc/pqact.conf
    - ./bin/setup.env:/awips2/edex/bin/setup.env
    - ./bin/
    - "388:388"
      soft: 1024
      hard: 1024

Mounted Files

  • etc/ldmd.conf

    Defines which data feeds to receive. By default there is only one active request line (REQUEST IDS|DDPLUS ".*" to not overwhelm small EDEX containers ingesting large volumes of radar and gridded data files. Any updates to the file etc/ldmd.conf will be read the next time you restart the container.

  • etc/pqact.conf

    Defines how products are processed and where they are written to on the filesystem. This is the full set of pattern actions used in Unidata AWIPS, and generally you do not need to edit this file. Instead control which data feeds are requested in ldmd.conf (above).

  • bin/setup.env

    Defines the remote EDEX Database/Request server:

      ### EDEX localization related variables ###

    EXT_ADDR must be set to an allowed EDEX Database/Request Server. In this example we are using a JetStream Cloud instance, which controls our edex-ingest access with IPtables, SSL certificates, and PostgreSQL pg_hba.conf rules (this server is used in software training workshop environments and will not allow outside connections).

  • bin/

    The default script run when the container is started, acts as a sort-of service manager for EDEX and the LDM (see ENTRYPOINT ["/awips2/edex/bin/"] in Dockerfile.edex), essentially:

      /awips2/qpid/bin/qpid-wrapper &
      /awips2/edex/bin/ -noConsole ingest &
      ldmadmin mkqueue
      ldmadmin start

Upstream Data Feed for the LDM

The LDM operates on a push data model. You will have to find an institution who will agree to push you the data you are interested in. If you are part of the academic community please send a support email to to discuss your LDM data requirements.


If you have a question or would like support for this EDEX Ingest Docker container, consider submitting a GitHub issue. Alternatively, you may wish to start a discussion on the AWIPS Community mailing list:

For general AWIPS questions, please see the Unidata AWIPS page.

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