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Installation and Configuration

If you just want to get up and running in the quickest time possible, grab all the files in the doc/example/ folder and run:

docker-compose up -d

Configuration File

The configuration file needs to be provided by you!

Don't worry, this is easy to do.

The app requires a configuration file to let it know what database you're using.

Here's an example configuration for mysql (or mariadb) that is compatible with the docker-compose example below:

  "database": {
    "engine": "mysql",
    "host": "db",
    "name": "npm",
    "user": "npm",
    "password": "npm",
    "port": 3306

Once you've created your configuration file it's easy to mount it in the docker container.

Note: After the first run of the application, the config file will be altered to include generated encryption keys unique to your installation. These keys affect the login and session management of the application. If these keys change for any reason, all users will be logged out.


This app doesn't come with a database, you have to provide one yourself. Currently only mysql/mariadb is supported for the minimum versions:

  • MySQL v5.7.8+
  • MariaDB v10.2.7+

It's easy to use another docker container for your database also and link it as part of the docker stack, so that's what the following examples are going to use.

Running the App

Via docker-compose:

version: "3"
    image: jc21/nginx-proxy-manager:latest
    restart: always
      # Public HTTP Port:
      - 80:80
      # Public HTTPS Port:
      - 443:443
      # Admin Web Port:
      - 81:81
      # Make sure this config.json file exists as per instructions above:
      - ./config.json:/app/config/production.json
      - ./data:/data
      - ./letsencrypt:/etc/letsencrypt
      - db
    image: mariadb
    restart: always
      MYSQL_DATABASE: "npm"
      MYSQL_USER: "npm"
      MYSQL_PASSWORD: "npm"
      - ./data/mysql:/var/lib/mysql


docker-compose up -d

Running on Raspberry PI / ARM devices

There are docker images for all versions of the Rasberry Pi with the exception of the really old armv6l versions.

The latest docker image is a manifest of all the different architecture docker builds supported, so this means you don't have to worry about doing anything special and you can follow the common instructions above.

Check out the dockerhub tags for a list of supported architectures and if you want one that doesn't exist, create a feature request.

Also, if you don't know how to already, follow this guide to install docker and docker-compose on Raspbian.

Initial Run

After the app is running for the first time, the following will happen:

  • The database will initialize with table structures
  • GPG keys will be generated and saved in the configuration file
  • A default admin user will be created

This process can take a couple of minutes depending on your machine.

Default Administrator User

Password: changeme

Immediately after logging in with this default user you will be asked to modify your details and change your password.

Advanced Options


You can configure the X-FRAME-OPTIONS header value by specifying it as a Docker environment variable. The default if not specified is deny.

    X_FRAME_OPTIONS: "sameorigin"
... -e "X_FRAME_OPTIONS=sameorigin" ...
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