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Here we describe Docker image for midPoint.

The image can be found in the Evolveum/midpoint-docker GitHub project.

Besides the image itself, the project contains a couple of demonstrations of its usage:

Demonstration directory
demo/postgresqlDemonstration of how to use an PostgreSQL repository.
demo/extrepoDemonstration of how to use externally hosted repository. It also shows database schema version mismatch detection as well as automated upgrade procedure.
demo/clusteringThis demo shows how to run two midPoint nodes working against common midPoint repository.


This demo shows Midpoint with PostgreSQL repository. Midpoint contains csv-resource as the source and openldap-resource as the target.


In order to set up and run this container and associated demonstrations, you need a Linux machine with a reasonably recent Docker and docker-compose installation.

This container and demos were tested on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS with

  • Docker 18.09.2,
  • docker-compose 1.17.1.

Also, make sure appropriate ports are available on the host machine. They are listed in the documentation to individual demonstrations; usually they are 8080 and 5437, sometimes 8081, or 5432.

Getting started

The easiest way how to start dockerized midPoint is to use only image which use h2 database (Supported only in embedded mode. Not supported for production deployments. Only the version specifically bundled with midPoint is supported.). You have two choices: download image or build own image.

Download image

You can download image from docker hub.

$ docker pull evolveum/midpoint

Building own images

The above commands download evolveum/midpoint image from the Docker hub. Alternatively, you can build this image yourself. Here is how:


$ git clone
$ cd midpoint-docker
$ ./


(Note the has a -n switch that skips downloading the midPoint distribution archive, saving some time during repeated builds or you can use custom midpoint-dist.tar.gz file.)


Running of image on port 8080:

$ docker run -p 8080:8080 --name midpoint evolveum/midpoint

If you use build from repository, then can start one of our demonstrations, e.g. postgresql.

$ cd demo/postgresql/ 
$ docker-compose up --build

After starting

After docker run or docker-compose up command successfully finishes you should see something like this on the console:


midpoint_server_1  | 2019-02-22 15:07:50,222 [] [main] INFO (org.springframework.boot.web.embedded.tomcat.TomcatWebServer): Tomcat started on port(s): 8080 (http) with context path '/midpoint'
midpoint_server_1  | 2019-02-22 15:07:50,230 [] [main] INFO (com.evolveum.midpoint.web.boot.MidPointSpringApplication): Started MidPointSpringApplication in 74.425 seconds (JVM running for 77.109)


Now you can log into midPoint using https://localhost:8080/midpoint URL, with an user of administrator and a password of 5ecr3t.

Configuring the container (general information)

Before running of the image we can define some of the environment properties.  In the case of composition the lowest level of configuration of the midPoint container is during its inclusion into a Docker composition. There is the full set of environment properties and other configurable items (e.g. Docker secrets and configs) available.

During the composition some of the environment properties can be made accessible from the outside. This depends strictly on the compositor. The demonstrations here show some of the options.

How to set environment variables before running of the image

You can set the environment variables like this:


$ docker run -p 8080:8080 -e MP_MEM_MAX="4096M" -e MP_MEM_INIT="4096M" --name midpoint evolveum/midpoint


How to set environment variables after composition is done

After the composition is done, you can set the environment variables like this:


$ export MP_MEM_MAX="4096M" MP_MEM_INIT="4096M"
$ docker-compose up --build


Or like this:


$ env MP_MEM_MAX="4096M" MP_MEM_INIT="4096M" docker-compose up --build


How to set Docker secrets and configs

The way of accessing secrets and configs is specific to the composition. In our demonstrations these are stored in the configs-and-secrets directory. They are provided to midPoint containers in appropriate ways. (Currently, secrets are passed as Docker secrets, configs are mounted as volumes. This might be changed in the future.) For detailed information on individual items please see the following sections.

Configuring specific container features

In this section we describe how to configure and use specific features of this midPoint dockerization.


Repository configuration is done via the following environment variables.

Environment variable
Default value
REPO_DATABASE_TYPEType of the database. Supported values are mariadbmysqlpostgresqlsqlserveroracle. It is possible to use H2as well but H2 is inappropriate for production use.h2
REPO_JDBC_URLURL of the database.
MariaDB: jdbc:mariadb://$REPO_HOST:$REPO_PORT/$REPO_DATABASE?characterEncoding=utf8

MySQL: jdbc:mysql://$REPO_HOST:$REPO_PORT/$REPO_DATABASE?characterEncoding=utf8

PostgreSQL: jdbc:postgresql://$REPO_HOST:$REPO_PORT/$REPO_DATABASE

SQL Server: jdbc:sqlserver://$REPO_HOST:$REPO_PORT;database=$REPO_DATABASE

Oracle: jdbc:oracle:thin:@$REPO_HOST:$REPO_PORT/xe

REPO_HOSTHost of the database. Used to construct the URL.midpoint_data
REPO_PORTPort of the database. Used to construct the URL.
5437, 3306, 5432, 1433, 1521 for H2, MariaDB/MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server and Oracle, respectively
REPO_DATABASESpecific database to connect to. Used to construct the URL.midpoint
REPO_USERUser under which the connection to the database is made.midpoint
REPO_PASSWORD_FILEFile (e.g. holding a docker secret) that contains the password for the db connection. 
REPO_MISSING_SCHEMA_ACTIONWhat should midPoint do if the database schema is missing (options: warnstopcreate).create
REPO_UPGRADEABLE_SCHEMA_ACTIONWhat should midPoint do if the database schema is obsolete but upgradeable (options: warnstopupgrade). As of midPoint 3.9, the only automated transition available is from 3.8 to 3.9.stop
REPO_SCHEMA_VERSION_IF_MISSINGFor midPoint versions before 3.9 that do not have schema information explicitly stored in the database, this parameter allows specifying the version externally. It can be used for automated upgrade from 3.8 to 3.9. (In such cases, specify it to be 3.8, assuming this is your schema version.) 

Used to specify what schema variant is to be used for automated creation or upgrade of the database schema. Currently the only known variant is utf8mb4 for MySQL/MariaDB.

Beware: it is the administrator's responsibility to choose the correct variant! Currently midPoint does not try to determine the variant present in the database. So be sure to avoid applying e.g. mysql-upgrade-3.8-3.9-utf8mb4.sql if the database is not in utf8mb4 character set, or vice versa.


For automatic schema creation and upgrade options please see Schema creation and updating section in midPoint documentation.

Note that in order to connect to the database you have to provide the password. For security reasons, we use the indirect way through file access. So, typically you provide the following Docker secret:

Typical location in demonstration scenarios
mp_database_password.txtA password used to access the repository (relates to REPO_USER).configs-and-secrets/midpoint/database_password.txt

Of course, you can provide the password file in any other way, assuming you correctly set REPO_PASSWORD_FILE environment variable.


Other aspects can be configured using the following variables and Docker secrets or configs.

Environment variable
Default value
MP_MEM_MAXThe limit for Java heap memory (-Xmx setting)2048m
MP_MEM_INITThe initial amount of Java heap memory (-Xms setting)1024m
MP_JAVA_OPTSAny other Java options to be passed to midPoint 


File (e.g. holding a docker secret) that contains the password for the midPoint keystore 
MP_DIRmidPoint home directory. Do not change until absolutely necessary, as the change might break many things./opt/midpoint

Name of midpoint-dist file from which will be started Midpoint. It must have .tar.gz type and it's path must be {path_to_repository}/midpoint-docker/MP_DIST_FILE. This file will be download during building of the image, but you can use custom midpoint-dist file with ./ -n.

TIMEZONEName of the time zone to be set for the container upon startup. E.g. US/Central.UTC

And the following Docker secrets are to be provided:

mp_keystore_password.txtsecretJava keystore password used by midPoint e.g. to encrypt sensitive information stored in the repository.configs-and-secrets/midpoint/keystore_password.txt

Names of the password and access files for JMX authentication and authorization. Use for clustering. For more information see Clustering / high availability setup. These secrets are specific for clustering demo.



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