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Docker images

Image variants

The Kratos Docker images use Alpine Linux as their base image and come with SQLite support build in.

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.

Do not use latest

Please, always use a tagged version and never use latest Docker images. This ensures that your deployment doesn't unexpectedly update with an incompatible version!

Running migrations

To run SQL migrations, which are required for new installations and when upgrading, run:

docker -e DSN="<your database URL>" run oryd/kratos:<version> migrate sql -e

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.

DSN example
docker run -e DSN="memory" oryd/kratos:<version>


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:<version>


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

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

Note that in both cases, you must supply the location of the configuration file using the --config flag when running the container.

docker run <theimage> --config /home/ory/kratos.yml