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Bahmni Docker

Docker Compose project to start a Bahmni server locally.

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Quick Start

Clone the project:

git clone
cd bahmni-docker

Retrieve the Bahmni distribution of your choice:

The Docker images do not provide a default Bahmni distribution so you need to first fetch one. You have multiple options available:

Once you have the Zip file (built or downloaded) unzip it in /tmp/ for instance:

Export you distro name as env var: For example:

export DISTRO_GROUP="haiti"
unzip path/to/the/zip/file -d /tmp/bahmni-distro-$DISTRO_GROUP/

Export the variables:

The Bahmni Docker project relies on environment variable to document where the Distro sources are to be found. As an example, you can export the following variables:

export DISTRO_PATH=/tmp/bahmni-distro-$DISTRO_GROUP;  \
export OPENMRS_CONFIG_PATH=$DISTRO_PATH/openmrs_config;  \
export BAHMNI_CONFIG_PATH=$DISTRO_PATH/bahmni_config;  \
export OPENMRS_MODULES_PATH=$DISTRO_PATH/openmrs_modules;  \
export BAHMNI_APPS_PATH=$DISTRO_PATH/bahmni_emr/bahmniapps

Start Bahmni:

docker-compose -p $DISTRO_GROUP up

docker-compose up

Important: This assumes that you run the docker command as the same user and in the same window in which you exported your variables. If Docker is run as sudo, the variables won't have an effect. Make sure to either export them as root, or run docker with sudo -E option to preserve the user environment. See Docker on Linux Post-install steps

Access the servers:

Bahmni EMR login screen

Default credentials:

  • username: superman
  • password: Admin123

OpenMRS login screen

Default credentials:

  • username: admin
  • password: admin

Odoo login screen

Default credentials:

Metabase login screen

Default credentials:

  • username: admin
  • password: adminADMIN!

OpenELIS login screen


TLS support

To enable TLS support, just add the line:

  command: "httpd-foreground -DenableTLS"

to the proxy service in the docker-compose.yml file.

Default certificates are self-signed and therefore unsecured.

Provide your own valid certificates as a bound volume mounted at /etc/tls/.

The proxy service would look like:

    command: "httpd-foreground -DenableTLS"
    - "/etc/letsencrypt/live/"
    - ...

Start with a custom MySQL dump

To start OpenMRS with your own database, just drop your data file (.sql or .sql.gz) in the ./sqls/mysql/ folder and recreate your volumes (docker-compose -v down).

Disable individual services

If you are developing, you may not want to run the complete Bahmni suite. You can disable services by adding docker-compose.override.yml file at the project root with the following contents:


# Example file to disable docker-compose.yml services.
version: "3.7"

    entrypoint: ["echo", "[ERROR] Service is disabled in docker-compose.override.yml file"]
    entrypoint: ["echo", "[ERROR] Service is disabled in docker-compose.override.yml file"]
    entrypoint: ["echo", "[ERROR] Service is disabled in docker-compose.override.yml file"]
    entrypoint: ["echo", "[ERROR] Service is disabled in docker-compose.override.yml file"]
    entrypoint: ["echo", "[ERROR] Service is disabled in docker-compose.override.yml file"]

You can also of course comment the services directly in the docker-compose.yml file.

Develop in Bahmn Apps

Bahmni Docker project can be used to setup a dev environment for Bahmni. This is especially easy when working on Bahmni Apps.

This can be done by using watch rsync ... command to see your changes on the running server.

  1. Clone and build Bahmni Apps locally:
cd ~/repos
git clone
cd openmrs-module-bahmniapps/ui

Change JS and HTML files as you like.

  1. Run the watch rsync command to override the server files: (using watch makes it run every 2 seconds)
watch rsync -av ~/repos/openmrs-module-bahmniapps/ui/ /tmp/bahmni-distro-haiti/bahmni_emr/bahmniapps/

Debug the Java apps

The Java apps (OpenMRS, Bahmni Reports, Odoo Connect...) can be remote debugged very simply by setting a the DEBUG: "true" environment variable to the service.

Don't forget to open the port 8000 on the service as well: Eg:

  DEBUG: "true"

  - 8000:8000

All environment variables

OPENMRS_CONFIG_PATH: Path to a custom OpenMRS Configuration. See OpenMRS Initializer for more information.

BAHMNI_CONFIG_PATH: Path to a custom Bahmni Config folder.

OPENMRS_MODULES_PATH: Path to custom set of OpenMRS modules.

BAHMNI_APPS_PATH: Path to Bahmni Apps sources.

BAHMNI_HOME_PATH: Path to Bahmni Home. Bahmni Home is mostly used to

TIMEZONE*: Server timezone. See for a complete list of possible Timezones.

BAHMNI_MART_CRON_TIME*: Provide a custom cron time (in Crontab format) for the Bahmni Mart flattening. Default is 30 21 * * * - i.e. 10:30 PM every day.

ODOO_EXTRA_ADDONS: Path to Odoo additional addons.

ODOO_CONFIG_PATH: Path to a custom Odoo Configuration. See [Odoo Initializer]( odoo-initializer/) for more informations.

* Note: Variables with a * require the containers to be rebuilt. Use docker-compose build

Known limitations

  • Supported components:
    • OpenMRS
    • Bahmni Apps
    • Bahmni Config
    • Bahmni Mart
    • Metabase
    • Odoo
    • Odoo Connect
    • OpenELIS


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