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This page provides instructions to install Appsmith using Docker.

How to install Appsmith using Docker Compose


Before you begin, ensure you have the following prerequisites:

  1. Docker (version 20.10.7 or later)
  2. Docker-Compose (version 1.29.2 or later)

Install Appsmith

Follow these steps to install Appsmith:

  1. Create a folder named appsmith on your machine for deployment and data storage. Navigate to this folder using the cd command.

  2. Create a docker-compose.yml file with:

    container_name: appsmith
    - "80:80"
    - "443:443"
    - ./stacks:/appsmith-stacks
    restart: unless-stopped

    The appsmith-ee image installs the Commercial edition (recommended), which offers a free plan and the flexibility to upgrade to a paid plan at any point. To install the Community edition, replace appsmith-ee with appsmith-ce in the image attribute within the docker-compose.yml file.

  3. Start the Docker container by using the below command. You may need to use sudo if you don't have permission to run docker-compose:

    docker-compose up -d

    This command will download the necessary Docker image if it doesn't exist locally and start the container.

  4. Open http://localhost and wait for the server to come up. This can take up to 5 minutes. Once the server is up and running, you can access Appsmith at http://localhost.

  5. Fill in your details to create an administrator account.

  6. Once you've created an account, you can either start with the free plan or activate your instance with a license key. If you want to generate a license key, sign up on to create one, and then proceed to activate your instance using the newly generated license key.


If you are facing issues during deployment, please refer to the guide on troubleshooting deployment errors.

If you continue to face issues, contact the support team using the chat widget at the bottom right of this page.

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