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Docker images

Images are published on Docker Hub as oryd/kratos with these tags:

Supported architectures are amd64, arm64, arm/v7, arm/v6.

Using the images

To make the provided Docker images as useful as possible they can be configured through a set of supported environment variables. In addition, you can bind the default configuration directory to a directory of your choice to make it easier to pass in your own configuration files, unless you extend the base image.


Don't use the latest Docker images.

Always use a tagged version. This helps ensure 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

Migrations also run automatically whenever you run the serve command.

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 through an environment variable.

## 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 data.

## Example:

docker run -e SECRETS_DEFAULT="CHANGE-ME" oryd/kratos:{version}

Binding configuration directory

You must supply the location of the configuration file using the --config flag when running the container.

docker run {image-name} serve --config /home/ory/kratos.yml


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, it mounts the configuration files here to ~/.

docker run -it -e DSN="memory" \
--mount type=bind,source="$(pwd)"/contrib/quickstart/kratos/email-password,target=/home/ory \
oryd/kratos:{version} serve --config /home/ory/kratos.yml

We recommend this approach for local development only.

Creating custom Docker images

You can create custom Kratos Docker images that embed your configuration files by using the official Kratos Docker images as the base image and adding your configuration file(s) as shown in the example:

FROM oryd/kratos:{version}
COPY contrib/quickstart/kratos/email-password/kratos.yml /home/ory