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Unofficial OTRS 6 Free docker image. This repository contains the Dockerfiles and all other files needed to build and run the container.

We also include a MariaDB Dockerfile for a pre-configured image with the required database settings.

The OTRS image doesn't include a SMTP service, decoupling applications into multiple containers makes it much easier to scale horizontally and reuse containers. If you don't have access to a SMTP server, you can instead link against this SMTP relay postfix container.

These images are based on the official CentOS images and include the latest OTRS version. Older images will be tagged with the OTRS version they run.


If you want to follow the development of this project check out my blog.

Build Instructions

We use docker-compose to build the images. Clone this repo and then:

cd docker-otrs
sudo docker-compose build

This command will build all the images and pull the missing ones like the SMTP relay. This SMTP relay container has its own configuration, you need to specify the environment variables for the SMTP account that will be used to send OTRS email notifications. Please take a look at the documentation.

How To Run It

By default, when the container is run it will load a default vanilla OTRS installation (OTRS_INSTALL=no) that is ready to be configured as you need. However, you can load a backup or run the installer by defining one of these environment variables:

  • OTRS_INSTALL=restore Will restore the backup specified by OTRS_BACKUP_DATE environment variable. See bellow for more details on backup and restore procedures.
  • OTRS_DROP_DATABASE=yes Will drop the otrs database it if already exists (by default the container will fail if the database already exists).

You need to mount that backups volume from somewhere, it can be from another volume (using --volumes-from) or mounting a host volume which contains the backup files.

If you are running the container remotely, replace localhost with the server's hostname.

There are also some other environment variables that can be set to customize the default install:

  • OTRS_HOSTNAME Sets the container's hostname (auto-generated if not defined).
  • OTRS_DB_NAME Name of database to use. Default is otrs.
  • OTRS_DB_HOST Hostname or IP address of the database server. Default is mariadb.
  • OTRS_DB_PORT Port of the database server. Default is 3306.
  • OTRS_DB_USER Database user. Default is otrs.
  • OTRS_DB_PASSWORD otrs user database password. Default password is changeme.
  • OTRS_ROOT_PASSWORD root@localhost user password. Default password is changeme.
  • MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD Database root password so it can be setup. Default password is changeme.
  • OTRS_LANGUAGE Set the default language for both agent and customer interfaces (For example, "es" for spanish).
  • OTRS_TIMEZONE to set the default timezone.
  • OTRS_TICKET_COUNTER Sets the starting point for the ticket counter.
  • OTRS_NUMBER_GENERATOR Sets the ticket number generator, possible values are : DateChecksum, Date, AutoIncrement or Random.
  • SHOW_OTRS_LOGO To disable the OTRS ASCII logo at container startup.

Those environment variables is what you can configure by running the installer for a default install, plus other useful ones.

The included docker-compose file uses host mounted data containers to store the database and configuration contents outside the containers. Please take a look at the docker-compose.yml file to see the directory mappings and adjust them to your needs.


  • Any setting set using the previous environment variables cannot be edited later through the web interface, if you need to change them then you need to update it in your docker-compose/env file and restart your container. The reason for this is that OTRS sets as read-only any setting set on $OTRS_ROOT/Kernel/

  • Make sure that the directories on the docker host for both OTRS configuration and the MySQL data containers have the correct permissions to be accessed from within the containers. The volumes/mysql directory should be owned by the MySQL user (27) and the volumes/config directory must be owned by id 500 and group id 48. Before running docker-compose up make sure permissions are ok:

    chown 27 volumes/mysql chown 500:48 volumes/config

For production use there's another docker-compose file that points to the pre-built images (be sure that the host volume directory permissions are correct as described before).

Before starting the service you need to configure it: copy the example env file as .env on the same directory as the docker-compose file and configure it as you need (don't forget to configure the SMTP relay section at the end). You can then test the service with docker-compose:

sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml up

This will pull and bring up all needed containers, link them and mount volumes according to the docker-compose-prod.yml configuration file. This is a sample output of the boot up process:

Container boot

The default database password is changeme, to change it, edit the docker-compose.yml file and change the MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD environment variable on the mariadb image definition before running docker-compose.

To start the containers in production mode the the -d parameter to the previous command:

sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml -p companyotrs up -d

After the containers finish starting up you can access the OTRS system at the following addresses:

Administration Interface


Customer Interface


Installing Modules

If you have installed any additional module, the OTRS container will reinstall them after an upgrade or when a container is removed so they continue working.

Changing Default Skins

The default skins and logos for the agent and customer interfaces can be controlled with the following environment variables:

To set the agent interface skin set OTRS_AGENT_SKIN environment variable, for example:


To set the customer interface skin set OTRS_CUSTOMER_SKIN environment variable, for example:


Custom skin

If you are adding your own skins, the easiest way is create your own Dockerfile inherited from this image and then COPY the skin files there. Take a look at the official documentation on instructions on how to create one. You can also set all the environment variables in there too, for example:

FROM juanluisbaptiste/otrs:latest
ENV OTRS_AGENT_LOGO skins/Agent/mycompany/img/logo.png
ENV OTRS_CUSTOMER_LOGO skins/Customer/default/img/logo_customer.png

RUN mkdir -p $OTRS_ROOT/Kernel/Config/Files/
COPY skins/Agent/MyCompanySkin.xml $OTRS_ROOT/Kernel/Config/Files/

Backups & Restore Procedures


Run /opt/otrs/scripts/ script to create a full backup that will be copied to /var/otrs/backups. If you mounted that directory as a host volume then you will have access to the backups files from the docker host server. You can setup a periodic cron job on the host that runs the following command:

docker exec otrs_container /opt/otrs/scripts/


To restore an OTRS backup file (not necesarily created with this container) the following environment variables must be added:

  • OTRS_INSTALL=restore Will restore the backup specified by OTRS_BACKUP_DATE environment variable.
  • OTRS_BACKUP_DATE is the backup name to restore. It can have two values:
    • Uncompressed backup file: A directory with its name in the same date_time format that the OTRS backup script uses, for example OTRS_BACKUP_DATE="2015-05-26_00-32". A backup file created with this image or with any OTRS installation will work (the backup script creates the directory with that name).
    • Compressed backup file: A gzip tarball file created by OTRS.

Backups must be inside the /var/otrs/backups directory (host mounted by default in the docker-compose file).


There are two types of upgrades When upgrading OTRS: minor and major version upgrades. This section describes how to upgrade on each case.

Minor Version

For example from 6.0.1 to 6.0.5, just pull the new image and restart your services:

sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml pull
sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml stop
sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml rm -f -v
sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml up    

Major Version - EXPERIMENTAL !!!

This upgrade option will do a major version upgrade of OTRS. For example from OTRS 5.0x to 6.0.x. The upgrade process will also upgrade installed packages from the official repository only.

To do a major version upgrade, follow these steps:

  1. Set the OTRS_UPGRADE=yes environment variable in the docker-compose file
  2. Replace the current image version tag with the new one on the image: configuration option. For example, change:
    image: juanluisbaptiste/otrs:latest-5x


  image: juanluisbaptiste/otrs:latest
  1. Pull the release image you are upgrading to:
    sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml pull
  1. Restart the containers:
    sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml stop
    sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml rm -f -v
    sudo docker-compose -f docker-compose-prod.yml up

The upgrade procedure will pause the boot process for 10 seconds to give the user the chance to cancel the upgrade.

The first thing done by the upgrade process is to do a backup of the current version before starting with the upgrade process. Then it will follow the official upgrade instructions (run db upgrade script and upgrade modules, software was updated when pulling the new image).

Modules (Add-ons)

The upgrade process will upgrade official modules (FAQ, Survey, etc). If you have aditional 3rd party modules you will need to manually update them in Package Manager.

Custom Skins & Configuration Files

If you have custom skins or additional XML configuration files you will have to manually update them if needed.


  • If after upgrade you can't login with any account, delete the cookies for your OTRS website and try again.
  • If you get an 500 error after login it could mean that a module could not be automatically upgraded. Check the container output and look for the messages about modules upgrade.

Remember to remove the OTRS_UPGRADE variable from the docker-compose file afterwards.

Enabling debug mode

If you are having issues starting up the containers you can set OTRS_DEBUG=yes to print a more verbose container startup output. It will also install some tools to aid with troubleshooting like telnet and dig.