OpenShift Dockerfiles, templates and scripts to run Nexus Repository Manager.
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Dockerfile for Sonatype Nexus Repository Manager 3 with OpenJDK and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Made to run on the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Looking for Nexus 2? Checkout the Nexus 2 branch.


To (re)build the image:

$ docker build --rm=true --tag=sonatype/nexus3 .

To run, binding the exposed port 8081 to the host:

$ docker run -d -p 8081:8081 --name nexus sonatype/nexus3

To confirm the Nexus server is running on port 8081:

$ curl -u admin:admin123 http://localhost:8081/service/metrics/ping


  • Default credentials are: admin / admin123

  • It can take some time (2-3 minutes) for the service to launch in a new container. You can tail the log to determine once Nexus is ready:

$ docker logs -f nexus
  • Installation of Nexus is to /opt/sonatype/nexus.

  • A persistent directory, /nexus-data, is used for configuration, logs, and storage. This directory needs to be writable by the Nexus process, which runs as UID 200.

  • Three environment variables can be used to control the JVM arguments

    • JAVA_MAX_MEM, passed as -Xmx. Defaults to 1200m.

    • JAVA_MIN_MEM, passed as -Xms. Defaults to 1200m.

    • EXTRA_JAVA_OPTS. Additional options can be passed to the JVM via this variable.

    These can be used supplied at runtime to control the JVM:

    $ docker run -d -p 8081:8081 --name nexus -e JAVA_MAX_HEAP=768m sonatype/nexus3

Persistent Data

There are two general approaches to handling persistent storage requirements with Docker. See Managing Data in Containers for additional information.

  1. Use a data volume. Since data volumes are persistent until no containers use them, a volume can be created specifically for this purpose. This is the recommended approach.
$ docker volume create --name nexus-data
$ docker run -d -p 8081:8081 --name nexus -v nexus-data:/nexus-data sonatype/nexus3
  1. Mount a host directory as the volume. This is not portable, as it relies on the directory existing with correct permissions on the host. However it can be useful in certain situations where this volume needs to be assigned to certain specific underlying storage.
$ mkdir /some/dir/nexus-data && chown -R 200 /some/dir/nexus-data
$ docker run -d -p 8081:8081 --name nexus -v /some/dir/nexus-data:/nexus-data sonatype/nexus3



First login in to OpenShift and clone the project and OpenShift branch

git clone


If you would like to run the script provided in the repository, it will create an OpenShift project named nexus within your OpenShift instance which has a pre-made template for Nexus 3.

cd docker-rhel-nexus/OpenShift/

After using the script, browse to the OpenShift console and login. In the nexus project, click Add to Project and search for Nexus. Click create and configure to create a Nexus service. Wait until the service has been created and the deployment is successful. A Nexus instance should now be available on the configured service.