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Homebridge Docker. HomeKit support for the impatient using Docker on x86_64, Raspberry Pi (armhf) and ARM64. Includes ffmpeg + libfdk-aac.


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Important Update

We have moved the hosting of the offical homebridge docker image from oznu/homebridge to homebridge/homebridge. Please update your environments as needed to pickup the latest image.

Homebridge Docker Image

This Ubuntu Linux based Docker image allows you to run Nfarina's Homebridge on your home network which emulates the iOS HomeKit API.

This is a multi-arch image and will run on x86_64, Raspberry Pi 2, 3, 4, Zero 2 W, or other Docker-enabled ARMv7/8 devices. Docker will automatically pull the correct image for your system.

Image Tag Architectures Base Image
latest, ubuntu amd64, arm32v7, arm64v8 Ubuntu 22.04

Step-By-Step Guides


Homebridge requires full access to your local network to function correctly which can be achieved using the --net=host flag.

This image will not work when using Docker for Mac or Docker for Windows due to this and this.


Using Docker Compose (recommended):

  1. Create the file docker-compose.yml
version: '2'
    image: homebridge/homebridge:latest
    restart: always
    network_mode: host
      - ./volumes/homebridge:/homebridge
      driver: json-file
        max-size: '10m'
        max-file: '1'
      test: curl --fail localhost:8581 || exit 1
      interval: 60s
      retries: 5
      start_period: 300s
      timeout: 2s
  1. Start docker with
docker compose up

Or Command Line:

docker run --net=host --name=homebridge -v $(pwd)/homebridge:/homebridge homebridge/homebridge:latest


The parameters are split into two halves, separated by a colon, the left hand side representing the host and the right the container side.

  • --net=host - Shares host networking with container, required
  • -v /homebridge - The Homebridge config and plugin location, required
Optional Settings:
  • -e TZ - for timezone information e.g. -e TZ=Australia/Canberra
  • -e ENABLE_AVAHI - default is 1; set to 0 to prevent the Avahi mDNS service running in the container

Homebridge UI

This image comes with the Homebridge UI pre-installed and is the easiest way to manage all aspects of Homebridge.

To manage Homebridge go to http://<ip of server>:8581 in your browser. For example, From here you can install, remove and update plugins, modify the Homebridge config.json and restart Homebridge.

Automated Updates

Automated updates of the Homebridge Docker Image using tools such as Watchtower or similar are strongly discouraged and are done so at your own risk.

NOTE - The version of Homebridge IS NOT tied to the version of the container. You can update Homebridge, the Homebridge UI and the Node.js runtime from inside the container.


1. Need ffmpeg?

ffmpeg, with libfdk-aac audio support is included in this image.

2. Container will not start on older versions of Raspbian

If you're seeing errors like the following, your host operating system needs to be updated.

See #434 and #441 for potential solutions.

Node.js[445]: ../src/ node::GetCurrentTimeInMicroseconds(): Assertion `(0) == (uv_gettimeofday(&tv))' failed.
Aborted (core dumped)
homebridge_1  | s6-svscan: warning: unable to iopause: Operation not permitted
homebridge_1  | s6-svscan: warning: executing into .s6-svscan/crash
homebridge_1  | s6-svscan crashed. Killing everything and exiting.
homebridge    | # Fatal error in , line 0
homebridge    | # unreachable code

3. Ask on Discord

Join the Official Homebridge Discord community and ask in the #docker channel.


Copyright (C) 2023 homebridge Copyright (C) 2017-2022 oznu

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.