Unofficial docker BigBlueButton 0.81 docker image. This repository contains the Dockerfile and all other needed files to build the image.
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Unofficial BigBlueButton 0.81 docker image. This repository contains the Dockerfile and all other files needed to build the docker image.

More info about BigBlueButton at:

About this image and the Dockerfile:

This image is based on Ubuntu 10.04 x86_64, which is the officially supported O.S. for BigBlueButton 0.81. The Dockerfile follows the official installation instructions found on BigblueButton's documentation, plus some fixes needed to successfully boot the container.

You can find a prebuilt docker image from Docker Hub. To be able to use it, first it has to be pulled off from the Hub:

sudo docker pull juanluisbaptiste/bigbluebutton:latest

Or you can build it as described below. Then you can run a container from it, also see instructions below on how to do it.

Build Instructions

After you clone this repository you need to build the image with the docker command like this:

cd docker-bigbluebutton
sudo docker build -t bbb_0.81 .

How to launch the container

This docker command will launch a new BigBlueButton container:

sudo docker run -d --name bbb bbb_0.81

This will launch the container without exposing any of BigBlueButton's service ports, so you will need to access the container's private IP adress. To be able to access the container externally (or from the docker host machine), BigBlueButton IP address configuration needs to be set to an external hostname that can be resolved, using the env variable SERVER_NAME. Start the container like this:

sudo docker run -d --name bbb -p 80:80 -p 9123:9123 -p 1935:1935 -e bbb_0.81

Then you can access the container externally (provided SERVER_NAME resolves to a public IP address) using $SERVER_NAME. The hostname set in SERVER_NAME must point to the docker host machine. If you can't use the same host ports (ie: you already have a web server running on port 80) you can start the container using other ports:

sudo docker run -d --name bbb -p 80:8080 -p 9123:91230 -p 1935:19350 -e bbb_0.81

And configure a reverse proxy server (like nginx) to go to the BigBlueButton's container private IP address and the specified port in the docker run command when accessing SERVER_NAME. Or even easier use a nginx container and link it to the BigBlueButton container.

You can attach to the container while it starts and wait for it to finish, then take the IP address from the end of the output. To attach to the container run the following docker command:

sudo docker attach --sig-proxy=false bbb

Installing the demo package

If you want the demo package installed then also set BBB_INSTALL_DEMOS=yes on the docker run command.

Setting the server Salt

You can use SERVER_SALT enviromenment variable to set the server's salt secret for 3rd party apps authentication.

How to access the container

After you attach to the container you will see an output like the following one telling you how to access the container:

Use this address to access your 
BigBlueButton container:


Access that address from your browser and you will get to the demo page.


  • Improve the way BigBlueButton services start using supervisord/systemd instead of using a custom script (TODO for 0.9.0 bbb version).