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Camunda BPM Platform Docker Images

This Camunda BPM community project provides docker images of the latest Camunda BPM platform releases. The images can be used to demonstrate and test the Camunda BPM platform or can be extended with own process applications. It is planned to provide images on the official docker registry for every upcoming release, which includes alpha releases.

Get started

To start the latest release:

docker pull camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest
docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

Tasklist, Cockpit, Admin Web Apps

The three Camunda webapps are accessible through the landing page: http://localhost:8080/camunda-welcome/index.html

The default credentials for admin access to the webapps is:

  • Username: demo
  • Password: demo

Rest-API

The Camunda Rest-API is accessible through: http://localhost:8080/engine-rest

See the Rest-API documentation for more details on how to use it.

Note: The Rest-API does not require authentication by default. Please follow the instructions from the documentation to enable authentication for the Rest-API.

Supported Tags/Releases

The following tag schema is used. The user has the choice between different application server distributions of Camunda BPM platform. ${DISTRO} can either be tomcat, wildfly10 or wildfly11. If no ${DISTRO} is specified the tomcat distribution is used.

  • latest, ${DISTRO}-latest: Alywas the latest minor release of Camunda BPM platform. Without
  • SNAPSHOT, ${VERSION}-SNAPSHOT, ${DISTRO}-SNAPSHOT, ${DISTRO}-${VERSION}-SNAPSHOT: The latest SNAPSHOT version of Camunda BPM platform, which is not released yet.
  • ${VERSION}, ${DISTRO}-${VERSION}: A specific version of Camunda BPM platform.

For all available tags see the docker hub tags.

Java Version

All images use OpenJDK 8 in an alpine image.

Database environment variables

The used database can be configured by providing the following environment variables:

  • DB_DRIVER the database driver class name, supported are h2, mysql and postgresql:
    • h2: DB_DRIVER=org.h2.Driver
    • mysql: DB_DRIVER=com.mysql.jdbc.Driver
    • postgresql: DB_DRIVER=org.postgresql.Driver
  • DB_URL the database jdbc url
  • DB_USERNAME the database username
  • DB_PASSWORD the database password
  • SKIP_DB_CONFIG skips the automated database configuration to use manual configuration
  • WAIT_FOR wait for a host:port to be available over TCP before starting
  • WAIT_FOR_TIMEOUT how long to wait for the service to be avaiable - defaults to 30 seconds

For example to use a postgresql docker image as database you can start the platform as follows:

# start postgresql image with database and user configured
docker run -d --name postgresql ...

docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 --link postgresql:db \
           -e DB_DRIVER=org.postgresql.Driver \
           -e DB_URL=jdbc:postgresql://db:5432/process-engine \
           -e DB_USERNAME=camunda \
           -e DB_PASSWORD=camunda \
           -e WAIT_FOR=db:5432 \
           camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

Another option is to save the database config to an environment file, i.e. db-env.txt:

DB_DRIVER=org.postgresql.Driver
DB_URL=jdbc:postgresql://db:5432/process-engine
DB_USERNAME=camunda
DB_PASSWORD=camunda
WAIT_FOR=db:5432

and use this file to start the container:

docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 --link postgresql:db \
           --env-file db-env.txt camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

The docker image already contains drivers for h2, mysql and postgresql. If you want to use other databases you have to add the driver to the container and configure the database settings manually by linking the configuration file into the container.

To skip the configuration of the database by the docker container and use your own configuration set the environment variable SKIP_DB_CONFIG to a non empty value:

docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 -e SKIP_DB_CONFIG=true \
           camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

Waiting for database

Starting the Camunda BPM Docker image requires the database to be already available. This is quite a challenge when the database and the Camunda BPM are both docker containers spawned simualtenously eg. by docker-compose or inside a Kubernetes Pod. To help with that, the Camunda BPM Docker image includes wait-for-it.sh to allow the container to wait until a 'host:port' is ready. The mechanism can be configured by two environment variables:

  • WAIT_FOR: the service host:port to wait for
  • WAIT_FOR_TIMEOUT: how long to wait for the service to be available in seconds

Example with a PostgreSQL container

docker run -d --name postgresql ...

docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 --link postgresql:db \
           -e DB_DRIVER=org.postgresql.Driver \
           -e DB_URL=jdbc:postgresql://db:5432/process-engine \
           -e DB_USERNAME=camunda \
           -e DB_PASSWORD=camunda \
           -e WAIT_FOR=db:5432 \
           -e WAIT_FOR_TIMEOUT=60 \
           camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

Volumes

The Camunda BPM Platform is installed inside the /camunda directory. Which means the tomcat configuration files are inside the /camunda/conf/ directory and the deployments on tomcat are in /camunda/webapps/. The directory structure depends on the application server.

Debug

To enable JPDA inside the container you can set the environment variable DEBUG=true on startup of the container. This will allow you to connect to the container on port 8000 to debug your application.

Build

The image can be used to build a Docker image for a given Camunda BPM platform version and distribution.

Build a released version

To build a community image specify the DISTRO and VERSION build argument. Possible values for DISTRO are tomcat, wildfly10 and wildfly11 (if the Camunda BPM platform version already supported it). The VERSION is the Camunda BPM platform version you want to build, i.e. 7.8.0.

docker build -t camunda-bpm-platform \
  --build-arg DISTRO=${DISTRO} \
  --build-arg VERSION=${VERSION} \
  .

Build a SNAPSHOT version

Additonally you can build SNAPSHOT versions for the upcoming releases by setting the SNAPSHOT build argument to true.

docker build -t camunda-bpm-platform \
  --build-arg DISTRO=${DISTRO} \
  --build-arg VERSION=${VERSION} \
  --build-arg SNAPSHOT=true \
  .

Build a enterprise version

If you are a Camunda enterprise customer you can use this image to build an enterprise version of the Docker image. Therefore set the VERSION build argument to the Camunda version with out the ee suffix, i.e. 7.8.1 and the USER and PASSWORD build argument to your enterprise credentials.

Note: As the image uses a multi stage Dockerfile the credentials are not part of the Docker image history of the final image. But please be aware that you should not distribute this image outside of your company.

docker build -t camunda-bpm-platform \
  --build-arg DISTRO=${DISTRO} \
  --build-arg VERSION=${VERSION} \
  --build-arg USER=${USER} \
  --build-arg PASSWORD=${PASSWORD} \
  .

Use Cases

Change Configuration Files

You can use docker volumes to link your own configuration files inside the container. For example if you want to change the bpm-platform.xml on tomcat:

docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 \
           -v $PWD/bpm-platform.xml:/camunda/conf/bpm-platform.xml \
           camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

Add Own Process Application

If you want to add an own process application to the docker container also use volumes. For example if you want to deploy the twitter demo on tomcat:

docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 \
           -v /PATH/TO/DEMO/twitter.war:/camunda/webapps/twitter.war \
           camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

This also allows you to modify the app outside of the container and it will be redeployed inside the platform.

Clean Distro Without Webapps and Examples

To remove all webapps and examples from the distro and only deploy your own applications or your own configured cockpit also use volumes. You only have to overlay the deployment folder of the application server with a directory on your local machine. So in tomcat you would mount a directory to `/camunda/webapps/'

docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 \
           -v $PWD/webapps/:/camunda/webapps/ \
           camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

Extend Docker Image

As we release these docker images on the offical docker registry it is easy to create your own image. This way you can deploy your applications with docker or provided an own demo image. Just specify in the FROM clause which Camunda image you want to use as a base image:

FROM camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:tomcat-latest

ADD my.war /camunda/webapps/my.war

Change timezone

To change the timezone of the docker container you can set the environment variable TZ.

docker run -d --name camunda -p 8080:8080 \
           -e TZ=Europe/Berlin \
          camunda/camunda-bpm-platform:latest

Maintainer

Sebastian Menski

License

Apache License, Version 2.0