Xibo for Docker on Windows 64bit, other than Windows 10

Please note: As Docker on Windows is not recommended we no longer support the updating of information on this page, so please be aware that the following guide may be outdated. We instead recommend installing with Docker on Linux.

Install Docker

There are 2 Docker products for 64 bit Windows, “Docker for Windows” and “Docker Toolbox”. If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows other than Windows 10 Professional, then Docker Toolbox is the version of Docker you should install.

You can download the Docker Toolbox installer from the Docker website, and follow their guide to getting Docker installed. See - docs.docker.com - Docker Toolbox Install. Docker Toolbox comes with Docker Compose, so all the requirements are met by installing that single package.

Using the default settings, you must extract/install the Xibo CMS inside the C:\Users directory for correct operation. Using an alternative location will cause your uploaded content and layouts to be lost.

The Docker system will be running in a VirtualBox virtual machine, which will be created in NAT mode. The resulting Docker containers will, therefore, be accessible from the IP address assigned to the Docker Toolbox VM, rather than your local machine (localhost as given in the install guide).

You can discover this IP address by running docker-machine ip.

Once your CMS is installed, you will likely want to make the CMS available to other systems on your network. To do so:

  1. Open VirtualBox
  2. Find the Docker Virtual Machine (often called default )
  3. Right click on it, and select Settings
  4. Move to the Network tab, and on Adapter 1, click on Advanced


  1. Click on Port Forwarding
  2. Add rules for HTTP on Port 80, and XMR on port 9505. (The ssh rule is pre-existing and should be left intact)


  1. Click OK, then OK again to close the Settings dialogue.

For the rest of this guide, you will need to use the Docker Toolbox Quickstart Terminal command prompt. You cannot use the Windows Command prompt or PowerShell. You’ll find a link to the Quickstart Terminal on your Desktop.

Download and extract the Xibo Docker archive

The latest Xibo Docker installation files can be downloaded from here.

The archive should be extracted in a suitable location on your host machine we’d suggest c:\Users\Xibo . Your library content and database will be written under this folder.

Please note that the archive already contains a sub-folder called Xibo-docker, which is ‘best practice’ for archives! For the subsequent instructions please make sure you are inside the sub-folder contained in the archive.

Check and edit configuration

The first time Xibo is installed a configuration file is needed to tell Docker how the environment is configured. This file is called config.env. This file covers where you want files to be stored, email config, etc.

A template file with detailed instructions is provided in the release archive and is called config.env.template . Take a copy of this file, renaming to config.env and then edit the file in a text editor, e.g. notepad, atom, etc.

If you don’t want Xibo to be able to send email messages, then you can omit to configure those options.

Docker will map data folders to contain database data and any custom files for the CMS. These will by default appear in the folder containing the release archive in a shared sub-folder.

Using different ports

By default, Xibo will start a web server listening on port 80. If you already have a web server listening on port 80 of your host machine, or would prefer to use an alternative port number, then you need to copy the cms_custom-ports.yml.template file and change the ports section for cms-web . The file should be saved as cms_custom-ports.yml .

Similarly, Xibo’s XMR server will be started listening on port 9505. If you would prefer to use an alternative port number, then you’ll need to do so by copying the cms_custom-ports.yml.template file and changing the ports section for cms-xmr .

The ports section of a Docker Compose YML file lists ports in the format <host>:<container> - to move to port 8080 the declaration would be 8080:80 .

To use this file replace any docker-compose up -d commands in the below instructions with docker-compose -f cms_custom-ports.yml up -d.

Remote MySQL

The default docker-compose.yml file includes a container for MySQL, however, it is possible to run with an external/remote MySQL instance as the database for Xibo.

To do this base the config.env file on the template config.evn.template-remote-mysql and replace any docker-compose up -d commands in the below instructions with docker-compose -f cms_remote-mysql.yml up -d.


Xibo should be run over SSL if running on anything other than a secure private network. The Docker containers do not provide SSL and this must be provided by an external web server which handles SSL termination and reverse proxy into the cms-web container.

There are many good resources for achieving this architecture - for example, a nginx-proxy container could be used.

If you already have a web server running on your Host machine, configuring a reverse proxy should be straightforward, an example VirtualHost for Apache is below, it assumes you’ve configured your custom ports for port 8080:

Listen 443

NameVirtualHost *:443
<VirtualHost *:443>

    SSLEngine On
    ProxyPreserveHost On
	RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto "https"

    # Set the path to SSL certificate
    # Usage: SSLCertificateFile /path/to/cert.pem
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/file.pem

    # Servers to proxy the connection, or;
    # List of application servers:
    # Usage:
    # ProxyPass / http://[IP Addr.]:[port]/
    # ProxyPassReverse / http://[IP Addr.]:[port]/
    # Example:
    ProxyPass /
    ProxyPassReverse /


A worked example for setting up an Apache reverse proxy for SSL with LetsEncrypt SSL certificates can be found here.

Installing the CMS containers

Once you’ve made your changes to config.env and have saved the file, Open a terminal/command window in the folder where you extracted the archive. As a user who has permissions to run the docker command, run the following command using Docker Toolbox Quickstart Terminal

docker-compose up -d

Please note: You may experience a delay whilst the CMS finishes setting up after the command is run, please be patient.

This will bootstrap and start your Xibo CMS. The CMS will be fully installed with the default credentials.

Username: xibo_admin
Password: password

You should log on to the CMS straight away and change the password on that account.

Find the IP address of the Docker Toolbox Virtual Machine. You can discover this IP address by running docker-machine ip from the Docker Toolbox Quickstart Terminal. If you configured an alternative port number then be sure to add that to the URL, for example,

Check your shared folder

At this point, you should check to ensure that a shared folder has been created inside your installation folder and contains subfolders for cms, db and backup. If it hasn’t, then it might be that Docker Toolbox doesn’t have permission to create the files on your system. To solve this problem you need to add command: --innodb_use_native_aio=0 to bottom of your cms-db service block in your docker-compose.yml file.

Configuration adjustments

If you are running a Windows or a 3rd party firewall on your computer you will need to allow the ports you’ve configured the CMS to run on inbound. If you haven’t specifically configured alternative ports, then the following is required:

  • Inbound TCP Port 9505 (for XMR Push Messaging)
  • Inbound TCP Port 80 (for HTTP Traffic) AND/OR
  • Inbound TCP Port 443 (for HTTPS Traffic - if you are using SSL)

Configuration of XMR public address

Docker cannot reasonably know the DNS name or IP address of your host machine, and therefore it is necessary to configure the XMR Public Address in CMS Settings when first logged in.
This only needs to be done on the first bootstrap .

This can be found by navigating to the Settings page under the Administration section of the Menu and selecting the Display’s tab.

The format of the address is:


The default <port> is 9505 and should be set to that unless you have specified a custom port in your docker-compose configuration.

Starting and Stopping Xibo

Once the CMS containers have been initialised with docker-compose up -d , it is possible to start and stop them without removing the underlying container.

The stop command will stop the Xibo CMS services running. If you want to start them up again, issue the start command.

docker-compose stop
docker-compose start

Uninstalling / removing

The CMS installation and its associated containers can be completely removed by issuing the down command.

Before running docker-compose down, please be sure that your media and database files are being correctly written to the shared directory. To do so, upload for example an image to the CMS, and check that the same image appears in the shared/cms/library directory. Another good check is to make sure that shared/backup/db/latest.tar.gz was created within the last 24 hours. If either of those checks fail, please do not run docker-compose down as this will lead to data loss. Seek support to resolve the situation.

If your intention is to remove all traces of Xibo you may delete the c:\Xibo folder after running the down command.

docker-compose down
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