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Docker Bigcapital Production deployment guide



Before proceeding, make sure you have the latest version of docker and docker-compose installed.

Steps to deploy Bigcapital using docker-compose

  1. Download the required files.

In a directory of your choosing, clone the Bigcapital repository and navigate into the ./bigcapital directory by entering the following commands:

git clone --depth 1 -b main && cd ./bigcapital

The most important files in the docker deployment the, .env.example and docker folder, we're not going to build docker images of the application from scratch, but docker-compose already imports built images from Github Registry where our continuous-deployment push the new built images when we release new versions.

  1. Configure the .env file.

Change all mail variables to configure it with your mail server and the password of databases.

cp .env.example .env && nano .env

The .env.example file contains all the necessary environment variable values, allowing you to begin using the application directly with these pre-configured settings. You also have the option to modify the values as needed.

  1. Get the services up and running.
docker-compose --file up -d
  • -f and the path to your configuration file
  • -d to run containers in the background
  1. Your Bigcapital installation is complete. Please note that the containers are not exposed to the internet and they only bind to the localhost. You don't have to setup Nginx or any other proxy server to the requests, we're already set up Nginx container on docker-compose file as proxy server.

Wait for all containers to be in running state, and then point your browser to http://<IP-ADDRESS>:8000/ to access the application.


Once the installation is done, you will have to create your first account. No default account is provided.

Verify the Installation

  1. Ensure that your containers are running correctly. To view the status of your containers, run the following command:
docker ps

The output should look similar to the following:

CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                                COMMAND                  CREATED          STATUS          PORTS                                      NAMES
28b2727fa769 bigcapital-nginx "/bin/sh -c nginx" 13 seconds ago Up 8 seconds>80/tcp,>443/tcp bigcapital-nginx-gateway
7fad8c349625 "docker-entrypoint.s…" 13 seconds ago Up 9 seconds bigcapital-server
4822ee034710 bigcapital-redis "docker-entrypoint.s…" 14 seconds ago Up 10 seconds 6379/tcp bigcapital-redis
0c1806951917 bigcapital-mongo "docker-entrypoint.s…" 14 seconds ago Up 11 seconds 27017/tcp bigcapital-mongo
ce5c8de35d28 bigcapital-mysql "docker-entrypoint.s…" 14 seconds ago Up 10 seconds 3306/tcp, 33060/tcp bigcapital-mysql
984978c4f75d "/docker-entrypoint.…" 14 seconds ago Up 10 seconds 80/tcp bigcapital-webapp

Database migration

Once you get the services up and running, the docker-compose file has database_migration container once listen to the mysql container and will execute the migration command in automated way and the container stop automatically after finish the migration (the container do not have to be run all the time), you have to execute it once to update the database schema.

Make sure the database migration ran successfully.

Get the container ID by listing all containers docker ps -a | grep bigcapital-database_migration and show the logs of that container by docker logs -f CONTAINER_ID


First we need just to pull latest version of the project, might be some changes on the docker-compose files.

git pull origin main

Now we are going to pull the latest images from regsitry by doing.

docker-compose --file pull

and start build and using them again.

docker-compose --file up --build -d

Changing .env values after running Docker containers

Once the Docker containers are built and running, the application inside the container has already read the values from the .env file and is using them. If you need to change the environment variable values, you will have to stop and re-start the Bigcapital containers.

If you were on production, use the following command.

docker-compose --file restart

Or if you were on development mode.

docker-compose restart

All environment variables of databases cannot be modified. This is because the initial user, username, password and database name have already been set up by the database. However, if it becomes necessary to change these credentials, you can access the MySQL container and execute SQL queries to modify the username, password, or even the system database name. Afterwards, you can update the corresponding values in the .env file to ensure they match the changes made.

Alternatively, you can remove the MySQL volume by performing the following action, but that it will delete all your database data.

on production

docker volume rm bigcapital_prod_mysql

on development

docker volume rm bigcapital_dev_mysql