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Docker container for DreamFactory 4.x using Ubuntu 20.04, PHP 7.4 and NGINX.

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Install Docker

Install Docker Compose

Installing the DreamFactory Docker Container

The easiest way to configure the DreamFactory application is to use docker-compose. This will automatically spin up 4 containers, the DreamFactory application, MySQL container for the system database, Redis container for caching, and a Postgres database with over 100k records preconfigured for testing.

1) Clone the df-docker repo

cd ~/repos (or wherever you want the clone of the repo to be)
git clone
cd df-docker

2) Edit docker-compose.yml (optional)

3) Build images

docker-compose build

4) Start containers

docker-compose up -d

NOTE: volume df-storage:/opt/dreamfactory/storage is created to store all file based (apps, logs etc.) data from DreamFactory.
This basically stores all data written by DreamFactory (at /opt/dreamfactory/storage location) in the df-storage volume. This 
way if you delete your DreamFactory container your data will persist as long as you don't delete the df-storage volume.

to stop and remove all containers you can use the command 

    docker-compose down

to stop and remove all containers including volumes use 

    docker-compose down -v

5) Access Admin UI

Go to in your browser. It will take some time upon building, but you will be asked to create your first admin user.

Running a Licensed Instance

1) Add the license files to the df-docker directory

2) Uncomment lines 12 and 21 of Dockerfile

3) Add the License Key to line 21 of Dockerfile

4) Build images

docker-compose build

5) Start containers

docker-compose up -d

6) Access the app

Go to in your browser. It will take some time upon building, but you will be asked to create your first admin user.

Persisting System Database Configs

After you have spun up your DreamFactory instance, take the APP_KEY value from the .env file in /opt/dreamfactory. This can be done with the following command:
docker-compose exec web cat .env | grep APP_KEY

Set this value as the APP_KEY value in the docker-compose.yml file (line 19), encapsulating it in single quotes, to avoid receiving "The MAC is invalid" errors within your instance should you ever need to rebuild.

Testing Data

We mount a Postgres container that contains over 100k records to test without connecting your own data sets. To utilize the container you will use the following connection details.

Host: The host can be found by running the following Docker command: docker inspect <container-id> | grep "IPAddress"
Port: 5432
Database Name: dellstore
Username: postgres
Password: root_pw

This will generate a fully documented and secure API from the Postgres container.


Learn more about DreamFactory's many features by reading our Getting Started Guide. Additional platform documentation can be found on the DreamFactory wiki.

Commercial Licenses

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Feedback and Contributions

Feedback is welcome on our forum or in the form of pull requests and/or issues. Contributions should follow the strategy outlined in "Contributing to a project".