This post is intended to stimulate Pentaho users try Docker.


Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. As a result, IT can ship faster and run the same app, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs, and any cloud.

Install Docker

Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 (LTS) (64-bit)

Ubuntu Trusty comes with a 3.13.0 Linux kernel, and a package which installs all its prerequisites from Ubuntu's repository.
Note: Ubuntu (and Debian) contain a much older KDE3/GNOME2 package called docker, so the package and the executable are called Installation To install the latest Ubuntu package (may not be the latest Docker release):

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install 
sudo ln -sf /usr/bin/ /usr/local/bin/docker 
sudo sed -i '$acomplete -F _docker docker' /etc/bash_completion.d/

Running Pentaho - Rapid Deployment

sudo docker run -p 8080:8080 -d wmarinho/pentaho

Please see details below

Pull repository


sudo docker pull wmarinho/pentaho
  • Release: 5.0.1-stable

sudo docker pull wmarinho/pentaho:5.0.1-stable
  • Release: 5.1 CE RC

sudo docker pull wmarinho/pentaho:5.1-CE-RC
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  • Listing images on the host

sudo docker images
  • Running container as daemon

$ sudo docker run -p 8080:8080 -d wmarinho/pentaho
  • Running multiples containers as daemon

sudo docker run -p 8081:8080 -d wmarinho/pentaho
sudo docker run -p 8082:8080 -d wmarinho/pentaho
  • Make sure your container is running

$ sudo docker ps

sudo docker stop <CONTAINER_ID>
  • Start containers

sudo docker start <CONTAINER_ID>
  • Running an interactive container

sudo docker run -i -t wmarinho/pentaho /bin/bash
Inside our container we can configure Pentaho and add custom package or plugins

  • Now we have a container with the change we want to make

sudo docker commit -m="Added Sparkl plugin" <CONTAINER_ID> wmarinho/pentaho:latest-sparkl
  • We can then look at our new wmarinho/pentaho:latest-sparkl image using the docker imagescommand
  • To use our new image to create a container we can then:

sudo docker run -p 8080:8080 -d wmarinho/pentaho:latest-sparkl
  • Now we can easily run multiples containers and versions of Pentaho using only one server

Building your image

Clone and edit Dockerfile template

sudo git clone
cd docker-pentaho
sudo vi Dockerfile
sudo docker build -t myimage/pentaho:mytag .
sudo docker images
sudo docker run -p 8080:8080 -d myimage/pentaho:mytag
Or run in interactive mode
sudo docker run -p 8080:8080 -i -t myimage/pentaho:mytag /bin/bash
Please see [Dockerfile Reference] ( for additional information.

Docker Hub account

You can create a docker account and push your images. Please see Working with Docker Hub