invoice-ninja and we are there to help. This is mostly related to the usage of Invoice Ninja and the docker setup.
If you feel your question is directly related to a code change or you want to sent in a change + PR Github is the right place, of course.
Generate an application key
Before starting Invoice Ninja via Docker make sure you generate a valid application key. If you are not sure what an application key is, please visit this blog post.
To generate an application key just run
docker run --rm -it invoiceninja/invoiceninja php artisan key:generate --show
This will generate an application key for you which you need later.
Create folders for data persistence
To make your data persistent, you have to mount
storage from your host to your containers.
- Create two folder on your host, e. g.
- Mount these folders into your container - see usage
You can create these folders wherever you want on your host system.
root , we use a separate user, the folders on the host system need to be owned by uid
1000 and a gid
Run this on your host system
chown -R 1000:101 /var/invoiceninja/public /var/invoiceninja/storage
to apply the proper permission to the folders. This also applies to the
docker-compose setup when using bind-mounted host directories.
The PhantomJS key is set to
a-demo-key-with-low-quota-per-ip-address. This demo key is limited to 100 requests per day.
To set a different key feel free to add
-e PHANTOMJS_CLOUD_KEY='<INSERT YOUR PHANTOMJS KEY HERE>' to thee docker command below.
For further configuration and toubleshotting regarding PhantomJS and Invoice Ninja see documentation here.
latest tag contains the new version 5 of Invoice Ninja which is still in alpha state. To stick to the version 4 please use
To run it:
docker run -d \ -v /var/invoiceninja/public:/var/app/public \ -v /var/invoiceninja/storage:/var/app/storage \ -e APP_URL='http://ninja.dev' \ -e APP_KEY='<INSERT THE GENERATED APPLICATION KEY HERE>' \ -e DB_HOST='localhost' \ -e DB_DATABASE='ninja' \ -e DB_USERNAME='ninja' \ -e DB_PASSWORD='ninja' \ -p '9000:9000' \ --name invoiceninja \ invoiceninja/invoiceninja:alpine-4
A list of environment variables can be found here.
Running Invoice Ninja with docker-compose gives you everything to quickly start. Before starting please make sure you configured your setup correctly. You can do so by opening the
docker-compose.yml and may change the follwing items.
docker-compose.yml runs the new version 5 of Invoice Ninja which is still in alpha state. To stick to the version 4 please use
This is the port where your Invoice Ninja is reachable, when you type in
http://<your-domain.com>. If it should be different than
80 make sure to call your installation
http://<your-domain.com>:<YOUR-PORT>, e. g.
ports: - "8080:80" # To run it on port 8080
URL and application key
For generating a proper application key see generate an application key. Change the value where your Invoice Ninja installation should be reachable.
environment: - APP_URL=http://localhost
MYSQL root password
The mysql database server comes with two users: one for accessing the Invoice Ninja database and the
root user. Please change the default password for
root to something more special
Volumes and directories
This is the place where your uploaded files are stored. Normally this is a so called volume which can be reused by different docker containers. One might prefer to store the files directly on the host system - for this the config section is prepared with what is called bind-mounted host directory. Just adjust the paths and Invoice Ninja stores the user files on the host system.
volumes: ... # Configure your mounted directories, make sure the folder 'public' and 'storage' # exist, before mounting them #- public:/var/www/app/public #- storage:/var/www/app/storage # you may use a bind-mounted host directory instead, so that it is harder to accidentally remove the volume and lose all your data! - ./docker/app/public:/var/www/app/public:rw,delegated - ./docker/app/storage:/var/www/app/storage:rw,delegated
The sample above stores the files on the post at
As an alternative to passing sensitive information via environment variables,
_FILE may be appended to the below listed environment variables, causing the initialization script to load the values for those variables from files present in the container. In particular, this can be used to load passwords from Docker secrets stored in /run/secrets/<secret_name> files.
Supported are these variables:
Debugging your Docker setup
Even when running your Invoice Ninja setup with Docker - errors can occur. Depending on where the error happens - the webserver, Invoice Ninja or the database - different log files can be responsible.
Show logs without
If you are not running
docker-compose you first need to find the container id for your php container with
docker ps. Then you can run
docker logs -f <CONTAINER NAME>
This gives you a constant output of the log files for the php container.
Show logs with
If you are running the
docker-compose setup you can output all logs, from all containers, with the following command
docker-compose logs -f
If you better want a physical log file in in your
storage/logs folder, just add
-e LOG=single to the usage command.
Or add an environment variable
... environment: LOG: single ...
This generated log file will only hold Invoice Ninja information.