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For more information about this image and its history, please see the relevant manifest file (library/crate) in the docker-library/official-images GitHub repo.

What is Crate?

Crate is an Elastic SQL Data Store. Distributed by design, Crate makes centralized database servers obsolete. Realtime non-blocking SQL engine with full blown search. Highly available, massively scalable yet simple to use.



How to use this image

docker run -d -p 4200:4200 -p 4300:4300 crate:latest

Attach persistent data directory

docker run -d -p 4200:4200 -p 4300:4300 -v <data-dir>:/data crate

Use custom Crate configuration

docker run -d -p 4200:4200 -p 4300:4300 crate -Des.config=/path/to/crate.yml

Any configuration settings may be specified upon startup using the -D option prefix. For example, configuring the cluster name by using system properties will work this way:

docker run -d -p 4200:4200 -p 4300:4300 crate crate -Des.cluster.name=cluster

For further configuration options please refer to the Configuration section of the online documentation.


To set environment variables for Crate Data you need to use the --env option when starting the docker image.

For example, setting the heap size:

docker run -d -p 4200:4200 -p 4300:4300 --env CRATE_HEAP_SIZE=32g crate


Crate uses multicast for node discovery by default. However, Docker does only support multicast on the same host. This means that nodes that are started on the same host will discover each other automatically, but nodes that are started on different hosts need unicast enabled.

You can enable unicast in your custom crate.yml. See also: Crate Multi Node Setup.

Due to its architecture, Crate publishes the host it runs on for discovery within the cluster. Since the address of the host inside the docker container differs from the actual host the docker image is running on, you need to tell Crate to publish the address of the docker host for discovery.

docker run -d -p 4200:4200 -p 4300:4300 crate crate -Des.network.publish_host=host1.example.com:

If you change the transport port from the default 4300 to something else, you also need to pass the publish port to Crate.

docker run -d -p 4200:4200 -p 4321:4300 crate crate -Des.transport.publish_port=4321

Example Usage in a Multinode Setup

docker run -d \
    -p 4200:4200 \
    -p 4300:4300 \
    --name node1 \
    --volume /mnt/data:/data \
    --env CRATE_HEAP_SIZE=8g \
    crate:latest \
    crate -Des.cluster.name=cratecluster \
          -Des.node.name=crate1 \
          -Des.transport.publish_port=4300 \
          -Des.network.publish_host=$HOST \
          -Des.multicast.enabled=false \
          -Des.discovery.zen.ping.unicast.hosts=$HOSTS \


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Supported Docker versions

This image is officially supported on Docker version 1.4.1.

Support for older versions (down to 1.0) is provided on a best-effort basis.

User Feedback


If you have any problems with, or questions about this image, please contact us through a GitHub issue.

If you have any questions or suggestions we would be very happy to help you. So, feel free to swing by our IRC channel #crate on Freenode.

For further information and official contact please visit https://crate.io.


You are very welcome to contribute features or fixes! Before we can accept any pull requests to Crate Data we need you to agree to our CLA. For further information please refer to CONTRIBUTING.rst.