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  • regular and timely application updates
  • easy user mappings (PGID, PUID)
  • custom base image with s6 overlay
  • weekly base OS updates with common layers across the entire ecosystem to minimise space usage, down time and bandwidth
  • regular security updates

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Bookstack is a free and open source Wiki designed for creating beautiful documentation. Featuring a simple, but powerful WYSIWYG editor it allows for teams to create detailed and useful documentation with ease.

Powered by SQL and including a Markdown editor for those who prefer it, BookStack is geared towards making documentation more of a pleasure than a chore.

For more information on BookStack visit their website and check it out:


Supported Architectures

We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:

Architecture Available Tag
x86-64 amd64-<version tag>
arm64 arm64v8-<version tag>

Application Setup

The default username is with the password of password, access the container at http://dockerhost:6875.

This application is dependent on a MySQL database be it one you already have or a new one. If you do not already have one, set up our MariaDB container here

If you intend to use this application behind a subfolder reverse proxy, such as our SWAG container or Traefik you will need to make sure that the APP_URL environment variable is set to your external domain, or it will not work.

Documentation for BookStack can be found at

BookStack File & Directory Paths

This container ensures certain BookStack application files & folders, such as user file upload folders, are retained within the /config folder so that they are persistent & accessible when the /config container path is bound as a volume. There may be cases, when following the BookStack documentation, that you'll need to know how these files and folders are used relative to a non-container BookStack installation.

Below is a mapping of container /config paths to those relative within a BookStack install directory:

  • /config container path => BookStack relative path
  • /config/www/.env => .env
  • /config/www/laravel.log => storage/logs/laravel.log
  • /config/www/backups/ => storage/backups/
  • /config/www/files/ => storage/uploads/files/
  • /config/www/images/ => storage/uploads/images/
  • /config/www/themes/ => themes/
  • /config/www/uploads/ => public/uploads/

Advanced Users (full control over the .env file)

If you wish to use the extra functionality of BookStack such as email, Memcache, LDAP and so on you will need to make your own .env file with guidance from the BookStack documentation.

When you create the container, do not set any arguments for any SQL settings. The container will copy an exemplary .env file to /config/www/.env on your host system for you to edit.


To help you get started creating a container from this image you can either use docker-compose or the docker cli.

docker-compose (recommended, click here for more info)

    container_name: bookstack
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Europe/London
      - APP_URL=
      - DB_HOST=bookstack_db
      - DB_PORT=3306
      - DB_USER=bookstack
      - DB_PASS=<yourdbpass>
      - DB_DATABASE=bookstackapp
      - /path/to/bookstack_app_data:/config
      - 6875:80
    restart: unless-stopped
      - bookstack_db

    container_name: bookstack_db
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Europe/London
      - MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=<yourdbpass>
      - MYSQL_DATABASE=bookstackapp
      - MYSQL_USER=bookstack
      - MYSQL_PASSWORD=<yourdbpass>
      - /path/to/bookstack_db_data:/config
    restart: unless-stopped
docker run -d \
  --name=bookstack \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Etc/UTC \
  -e APP_URL=yourbaseurl \
  -e DB_HOST=yourdbhost \
  -e DB_PORT=yourdbport \
  -e DB_USER=yourdbuser \
  -e DB_PASS=yourdbpass \
  -e DB_DATABASE=bookstackapp \
  -e QUEUE_CONNECTION= `#optional` \
  -p 6875:80 \
  -v /path/to/bookstack/config:/config \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Containers are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Parameter Function
-p 80 will map the container's port 80 to port 6875 on the host
-e PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
-e PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
-e TZ=Etc/UTC specify a timezone to use, see this list.
-e APP_URL=yourbaseurl for specifying the IP:port or URL your application will be accessed on (ie. or
-e DB_HOST=yourdbhost for specifying the database host
-e DB_PORT=yourdbport for specifying the database port if not default 3306
-e DB_USER=yourdbuser for specifying the database user
-e DB_PASS=yourdbpass for specifying the database password (minimum 4 characters & non-alphanumeric passwords must be properly escaped.)
-e DB_DATABASE=bookstackapp for specifying the database to be used
-e QUEUE_CONNECTION= Set to database to enable async actions like sending email or triggering webhooks. See documentation.
-v /config Persistent config files

Environment variables from files (Docker secrets)

You can set any environment variable from a file by using a special prepend FILE__.

As an example:

-e FILE__MYVAR=/run/secrets/mysecretvariable

Will set the environment variable MYVAR based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretvariable file.

Umask for running applications

For all of our images we provide the ability to override the default umask settings for services started within the containers using the optional -e UMASK=022 setting. Keep in mind umask is not chmod it subtracts from permissions based on it's value it does not add. Please read up here before asking for support.

User / Group Identifiers

When using volumes (-v flags), permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container, we avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID.

Ensure any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

In this instance PUID=1000 and PGID=1000, to find yours use id your_user as below:

id your_user

Example output:

uid=1000(your_user) gid=1000(your_user) groups=1000(your_user)

Docker Mods

Docker Mods Docker Universal Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) as well as universal mods that can be applied to any one of our images can be accessed via the dynamic badges above.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    docker exec -it bookstack /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    docker logs -f bookstack
  • Container version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' bookstack
  • Image version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}'

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (noted in the relevant, we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Compose

  • Update images:

    • All images:

      docker-compose pull
    • Single image:

      docker-compose pull bookstack
  • Update containers:

    • All containers:

      docker-compose up -d
    • Single container:

      docker-compose up -d bookstack
  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Via Docker Run

  • Update the image:

    docker pull
  • Stop the running container:

    docker stop bookstack
  • Delete the container:

    docker rm bookstack
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker run parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)

  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Image Update Notifications - Diun (Docker Image Update Notifier)

tip: We recommend Diun for update notifications. Other tools that automatically update containers unattended are not recommended or supported.

Building locally

If you want to make local modifications to these images for development purposes or just to customize the logic:

git clone
cd docker-bookstack
docker build \
  --no-cache \
  --pull \
  -t .

The ARM variants can be built on x86_64 hardware using multiarch/qemu-user-static

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static:register --reset

Once registered you can define the dockerfile to use with -f Dockerfile.aarch64.


  • 27.05.24: - Rebase to Alpine 3.20. Existing users should update their nginx confs to avoid http2 deprecation warnings.
  • 25.01.24: - Existing users should update: site-confs/default.conf - Cleanup default site conf.
  • 23.12.23: - Rebase to Alpine 3.19 with php 8.3.
  • 31.10.23: - Further sanitize sed replace.
  • 07.06.23: - Add mariadb-client for bookstack-system-cli support.
  • 25.05.23: - Rebase to Alpine 3.18, deprecate armhf.
  • 13.04.23: - Move ssl.conf include to default.conf.
  • 01.03.23: - Add php iconv.
  • 19.01.23: - Rebase to alpine 3.17 with php8.1.
  • 16.01.23: - Wrap .env values in quotes.
  • 05.01.23: - Fix db password setting (sed escape &).
  • 21.12.22: - Update db info in .env file when env vars are updated.
  • 10.10.22: - Remove password escape logic which caused problems for a small subset of users.
  • 20.08.22: - Rebasing to alpine 3.15 with php8. Restructure nginx configs (see changes announcement).
  • 14.03.22: - Add symlinks for theme support.
  • 11.07.21: - Rebase to Alpine 3.14.
  • 12.01.21: - Remove unused requirement, as of release 0.31.0.
  • 17.12.20: - Make APP_URL var required (upstream changes).
  • 17.09.20: - Rebase to alpine 3.12. Fix APP_URL setting. Bump php post max and upload max filesizes to 100MB by default.
  • 19.12.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.11.
  • 26.07.19: - Use old version of tidyhtml pending upstream fixes.
  • 28.06.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.10.
  • 14.06.19: - Add wkhtmltopdf to image for PDF rendering.
  • 20.04.19: - Rebase to Alpine 3.9, add MySQL init logic.
  • 22.03.19: - Switching to new Base images, shift to arm32v7 tag.
  • 20.01.19: - Added php7-curl
  • 04.11.18: - Added php7-ldap
  • 15.10.18: - Changed functionality for advanced users
  • 08.10.18: - Advanced mode, symlink changes, sed fixing, docs updated, added some composer files
  • 23.09.28: - Updates pre-release
  • 02.07.18: - Initial Release.