WPDC - WordPress Docker Compose
Easy WordPress development with Docker and Docker Compose.
With this project you can quickly run the following:
Make sure you have the latest versions of Docker and Docker Compose installed on your machine.
Clone this repository or copy the files from this repository into a new folder. In the docker-compose.yml file you may change the IP address (in case you run multiple containers) or the database from MySQL to MariaDB.
Make sure to add your user to the
docker group when using Linux.
.env file to change the default IP address, MySQL root password and WordPress database name.
Open a terminal and
cd to the folder in which
docker-compose.yml is saved and run:
This creates two new folders next to your
wp-data– used to store and restore database dumps
wp-app– the location of your WordPress application
The containers are now built and running. You should be able to access the WordPress installation with the configured IP in the browser address. By default it is
For convenience you may add a new entry into your hosts file.
You can start the containers with the
up command in daemon mode (by adding
-d as an argument) or by using the
To stop and remove all the containers use the
-v if you need to remove the database volume which is used to persist the database:
docker-compose down -v
Project from existing source
docker-compose.yml file into a new directory. In the directory you create two folders:
wp-data– here you add the database dump
wp-app– here you copy your existing WordPress code
You can now use the
This will create the containers and populate the database with the given dump. You may set your host entry and change it in the database, or you simply overwrite it in
wp-config.php by adding:
Creating database dumps
Developing a Theme
Configure the volume to load the theme in the container in the
volumes: - ./theme-name/trunk/:/var/www/html/wp-content/themes/theme-name
Developing a Plugin
Configure the volume to load the plugin in the container in the
volumes: - ./plugin-name/trunk/:/var/www/html/wp-content/plugins/plugin-name
The docker compose configuration also provides a service for using the WordPress CLI.
Sample command to install WordPress:
docker-compose run --rm wpcli core install --url=http://localhost --title=test --admin_user=admin --firstname.lastname@example.org
Or to list installed plugins:
docker-compose run --rm wpcli plugin list
For an easier usage you may consider adding an alias for the CLI:
alias wp="docker-compose run --rm wpcli"
This way you can use the CLI command above as follows:
wp plugin list
You can also visit
http://127.0.0.1:8080 to access phpMyAdmin after starting the containers.
The default username is
root, and the password is the same as supplied in the