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Dockerfile to create a Docker container image for Openfire.

Openfire is a real time collaboration (RTC) server licensed under the Open Source Apache License. It uses the only widely adopted open protocol for instant messaging, XMPP (also called Jabber). Openfire is incredibly easy to setup and administer, but offers rock-solid security and performance.


If you find this image useful here's how you can help:

  • Send a pull request with your awesome features and bug fixes
  • Help users resolve their issues.
  • Support the development of this image with a donation


Before reporting your issue please try updating Docker to the latest version and check if it resolves the issue. Refer to the Docker installation guide for instructions.

SELinux users should try disabling SELinux using the command setenforce 0 to see if it resolves the issue.

If the above recommendations do not help then report your issue along with the following information:

  • Output of the docker version and docker info commands
  • The docker run command or docker-compose.yml used to start the image. Mask out the sensitive bits.
  • Please state if you are using Boot2Docker, VirtualBox, etc.

Getting started


Automated builds of the image are available on Dockerhub and is the recommended method of installation.

Note: Builds are also available on

docker pull sameersbn/openfire:3.10.3-19

Alternatively you can build the image yourself.

docker build -t sameersbn/openfire


Start Openfire using:

docker run --name openfire -d --restart=always \
  --publish 9090:9090 --publish 5222:5222 --publish 7777:7777 \
  --volume /srv/docker/openfire:/var/lib/openfire \

Alternatively, you can use the sample docker-compose.yml file to start the container using Docker Compose

Point your browser to http://localhost:9090 and follow the setup procedure to complete the installation. The Build A Free Jabber Server In 10 Minutes video by HAKK5 should help you with the configuration and also introduce you to some of its features.


For the Openfire to preserve its state across container shutdown and startup you should mount a volume at /var/lib/openfire.

The Quickstart command already mounts a volume for persistence.

SELinux users should update the security context of the host mountpoint so that it plays nicely with Docker:

mkdir -p /srv/docker/openfire
chcon -Rt svirt_sandbox_file_t /srv/docker/openfire


To access the Openfire logs, located at /var/log/openfire, you can use docker exec. For example, if you want to tail the logs:

docker exec -it openfire tail -f /var/log/openfire/info.log



To upgrade to newer releases:

  1. Download the updated Docker image:
docker pull sameersbn/openfire:3.10.3-19
  1. Stop the currently running image:
docker stop openfire
  1. Remove the stopped container
docker rm -v openfire
  1. Start the updated image
docker run -name openfire -d \

Shell Access

For debugging and maintenance purposes you may want access the containers shell. If you are using Docker version 1.3.0 or higher you can access a running containers shell by starting bash using docker exec:

docker exec -it openfire bash



Dockerfile to create a Docker container image for Openfire.




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