Running Yoda using Docker Compose

Docker Compose configurations for running Yoda are available in the /docker directory.

Intended use and limitations

These configurations are intended for local development and testing.

Some components are not (yet) available in the containerized Yoda setup, most importantly:

  • OpenSearch (used for searching in the deposit module)
  • The containerized version does not actually deliver emails sent by Yoda. Instead, it has Mailpit for testing email delivery. Mailpit provides a web interface that can be used to view email messages that would have been delivered by the application in a production configuration.
  • The Docker Compose configurations only have an iRODS provider; there is no consumer for data replication.


Running the containerized Yoda setup requires Docker. The Yoda Docker Compose configurations may not work on older versions of Docker / Docker Compose. Docker 20.10.x and newer is known to work.

For generic Docker installation instructions, see e.g. the Docker Engine installation docs. MacOS users can install Colima and Docker using Homebrew.

Starting the application

If you haven’t downloaded the Docker images yet, pull them first:

cd docker/compose
docker-compose pull

Yoda has two Docker Compose configurations:

  1. The regular configuration. This is the most portable and fastest configuration.
  2. A configuration with bind mounts for the application source code. This configuration enables editing the Yoda source code without having to work in the container, so that you can use your host system IDE, editor, as well as other tools. However, bind mounts can be tricky to get working on some container runtimes / host operating systems, and they can slow down the application significantly in some setups.

In general, it is recommended to use the regular configuration, unless you need the bind mounts.

Start the regular configuration by running the start script in the docker/compose directory:


Start the configuration with bind mounts by running the start script in the docker/compose-with-bind-mounts directory:

cd ../compose-with-bind-mounts

Removing and old instance of the application (including data):

../ -v

# And in the configuration with bind mounts:

You need to have these entries in your /etc/hosts (or equivalent) file:

# Docker setup Yoda portal.yoda eus.yoda data.yoda public.yoda

After the application is started, the web interfaces will be available on:

  • Mailpit: http://localhost:8025
  • Portal: https://portal.yoda:8443
  • EUS (port with API enabled): https://eus.yoda:8444
  • DavRODS: https://data.yoda:8445
  • Public: https://public.yoda:8446

You can log in on the Yoda portal using any of the test account credentials, such as user name researcher and password test. A full list of test account credentials can be found in the test_users list in the defaults file of the Yoda test role.


Yoda uses jobs for various processes, such as creating revisions, archiving data in the vault, collecting statistics data, and processing data package publication changes. These jobs need to be started manually in the Docker Setup.

The shell script can be used as a convenient way to start jobs.

For example, to asynchronously create revisions, run:

./ revision

After accepting a data package for archiving in the vault, run:

./ copytovault

After accepting a data package for publication, run:

./ publication
./ moaiupdate

If you want to view the statistics, first run the statistics job:

./ statistics


Cannot create container for service […] : Conflict

The Docker setup currently has static container names so that we can easily start jobs on containers, etc. This can however cause conflicts after, for example, the container runtime has crashed.

If you don’t have any other Docker containers running on your system, the easy way to resolve such conflicts is to just stop and remove all containers:

docker kill $(docker ps -q)
docker rm $(docker ps -a -q)

Error: bind mount owned by root user. Cannot change application UID

Multiple situations can cause failures when preparing to change the application UID to match the host system user:

  1. One of the bind mount directories (docker/compose-with-bind-mounts/v_*) is owned by the root user, rather than a regular user. In this case: use chown to change ownership of this directory on the host system.
  2. One of the bind mount directories (docker/compose-with-bind-mounts/v_*) is not present on the host system, which causes it to default to root permissions. In this case, the directory needs to be re-created with a .docker.gitkeep dummy file.
  3. There is some kind of problem on the host system (e.g. SELinux denial, permission problem related to user mapping, etc.) that causes Docker to do something unexpected related to the bind mounts. Checking the host system logs for any clues could be a first step for troubleshooting in such a case.

Building the images

Building a new image is only needed for development purposes. If you want to test an existing Dockerized version of Yoda, you can pull the images from the registry instead.

Yoda provider

cd docker/images/yoda_irods_icat


cd docker/images/mailpit
./ development

Yoda portal

cd docker/images/yoda_portal


cd docker/images/davrods

External user service

cd docker/images/yoda_eus


cd docker/images/yoda_public

Yoda web mock

cd docker/images/yoda_web_mock