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Docker images

Image variants

The Kratos Docker images come in two different flavors, one with and one without SQLite support. All Docker images with the postfix kratos:<version>-sqlite in the tag are compiled with embed SQLite support and uses libmusl. All Docker images (kratos:<version>) without the postfix -sqlite are compiled without SQLite support and therefore also don't include libmusl.

If you don't make use of the embedded SQLite support we recommend to use the Docker images without SQLite support as they're smaller in size, include fewer libraries and therefore have a smaller attack surface.

How to use these images

In order to make the provided Docker images as useful as possible they can be configured through a set of supported Environment variables. In addition the default configuration directory can be bound to a directory of choice to make it simple to pass in your own configuration files.

Environment variables


This environment variable allows you to specify the database source name. As the DSN normally consists of the url to the database system and the credentials to access the database it's recommended to specify the DSN using a Environment variable.


docker run -e DSN="memory" oryd/kratos:latest


This environment variable allows you to specify the secret used to sign and verify signatures and encrypt things:


docker run -e SECRETS_DEFAULT="CHANGE-ME" oryd/kratos:v0.4.3-alpha.1


If the file $HOME/.kratos.yaml exists, it will be used as the configuration file. The provided Kratos Docker images don't include a default configuration file, but make it easy to pass in your own configuration file(s) by either binding a local directory or by creating your own custom Docker Image and adding the configuration file(s) to the custom image.

Binding host directory

Example: In this example we start the standard Docker container with SQLite support and use the quickstart email-password example configuration files by bind mounting the local directory. This example assumes that you checked out the Kratos Git repo and execute the Docker command in the Kratos Git repo directory:

docker run -it -e DSN="memory" \
--mount type=bind,source="$(pwd)"/contrib/quickstart/kratos/email-password,target=/home/ory \

We only recommend this approach for local development.

Creating custom Docker image

You can create your own, custom Kratos Docker images which embeds your configuration files by simply using the official Kratos Docker images as the Base Image and just adding your configuration file(s) as shown in the example below:

FROM oryd/kratos:latest
COPY contrib/quickstart/kratos/email-password/kratos.yml /home/ory


Below you find different examples how to use the official Kratos Docker images.