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PlantUML Server

Build Status Docker Pull PlantUML Server is a web application to generate UML diagrams on-the-fly.

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  • jre/jdk 1.6.0 or above
  • apache maven 3.0.2 or above

How to run the server

Just run:

mvn jetty:run

The server is now listing to http://localhost:8080/plantuml. In this way the server is run on an embedded jetty server.

You can specify the port at which it runs:

mvn jetty:run -Djetty.port=9999

How to run the server with Docker

You can run Plantuml with jetty or tomcat container

docker run -d -p 8080:8080 plantuml/plantuml-server:jetty
docker run -d -p 8080:8080 plantuml/plantuml-server:tomcat

The server is now listing to http://localhost:8080.

To run plantuml using different base url, change the docker-compose.yml file:

  BASE_URL: plantuml

And run docker-compose up --build. This will build a modified version of the image using the base url /plantuml, e.g. http://localhost/plantuml

How to set PlantUML options

You can apply some option to your PlantUML server with environement variable.

If you run the directly the jar, you can pass the option with -D flag

java -D THE_ENV_VARIABLE=THE_ENV_VALUE -Djetty.contextpath=/ -jar target/dependency/jetty-runner.jar target/plantuml.war


mvn jetty:run -D THE_ENV_VARIABLE=THE_ENV_VALUE -Djetty.port=9999

If you use docker, you can use the -e flag:

docker run -d -p 8080:8080 -e THE_ENV_VARIABLE=THE_ENV_VALUE plantuml/plantuml-server:jetty

You can set all the following variables:

    • Limits image width and height
    • Default value: 4096
    • Link to 'dot' executable
    • Default value: /usr/local/bin/dot or /usr/bin/dot
    • when calling the proxy endpoint, the value of HTTP_AUTHORIZATION will be used to set the HTTP Authorization header
    • Default value: null
    • Enables !include processing which can read files from the server into diagrams. Files are read relative to the current working directory.
    • Default value: false

Alternate: How to build your docker image

This method uses maven to run the application. That requires internet connectivity. So, you can use following command to create a self-contained docker image that will "just-work".

Note: Generate the WAR (instructions further below) prior to running "docker build"

docker image build -t plantuml-server .
docker run -d -p 8080:8080 plantuml-server

The server is now listing to http://localhost:8080/plantuml.

You may specify the port in -p Docker command line argument.

How to generate the war

To build the war, just run:

mvn package

at the root directory of the project to produce plantuml.war in the target/ directory.

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