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Descoped Atlassian Confluence


Atlassian Confluence is a rich Wiki.

For all aspects about configuring, using and administering confluence please see The Official Confluence Documentation.

How to use?

The examples shown below assume you will use a MySQL database.

Please pay attention to the IP addresses used in the examples below. The IP refers to your host OS. The IP refers to the MySQL database and the IP to the newly installed Confluence guest OS. To figure out the IP in your guest OS you can either connect to a running instance by issuing docker exec -it [container-name] /bin/bash and do ifconfig or locate the IP from docker inspect [container-name].


  • MySQL 5.5 or 5.6 (please notice that Confluence is not compatible with MySQL 5.7)
  • PostgreSQL 8.4+

Important notice: The Postgres driver is shipped with the confluence distribution, whereas the MySQL driver will be downloaded when running the image.

Database Setup

MySQL setup (assuming that MySQL isn't installed yet):

$ docker run -d -p 3306:3306 --name mysql -v /var/mysql:/var/lib/mysql -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=[db-password] mysql/mysql-server:5.6
$ mysql -h -u root -p[db-password]

If you use a default Docker installation with no images installed, the assigned IP for MySQL will be:

Optionally you may configure security constraints by:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON confluence.* TO '[appuser]'@'' IDENTIFIED BY '[apppassword]' with grant option;

Please notice that the [appuser] and [apppassword] must be configured to what is appropriate for your system.


Run docker using port 8090 on your host (if available):

docker run -p 8090:8090 descoped/confluence

Run with data outside the container using a volume:

$ docker run --name confluence -v /var/confluence:/var/atlassian-home -e CONTEXT_PATH=ROOT -e DATABASE_URL=mysql://[username]:[password]@ -p 8090:8090 descoped/confluence

To stop the running instance:

$ docker confluence stop

To start running instance:

$ docker confluence start

Docker Volume

The mappable VOLUME is: /var/atlassian-home

Browser URL:

The host IP is assumed to be


Database connection

The connection to the database can be specified with an URL of the format:

[database type]://[username]:[password]@[host]:[port]/[database name]

Where database type is either mysql or postgresql and the full URL look like this:





Environement variables

Configuration options are set by setting environment variables when running the image. What follows it a table of the supported variables:

Variable Function
CONTEXT_PATH Context path of the Confluence webapp. You can set this to add a path prefix to the url used to access the webapp. i.e. setting this to confluence will change the url to The value ROOT is reserved to mean that you don't want a context path prefix. Defaults to ROOT
DATABASE_URL Connection URL specifying where and how to connect to a database dedicated to Confluence. This variable is optional and if specified will cause the Confluence setup wizard to skip the database setup set.
JNDI_DATASOURCE Naming context for the JNDI datasource. A value of confluence will set the JNDI Datasource to java:comp/env/jdbc/confluence.

Source code

If you want to contribute to this project or make use of the source code; you'll find it on GitHub.

Building the image

docker build -t descoped/confluence .

Further reading