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Docker Image

The most convenient method of installing and running InvenTree is to use the official docker image, available from docker-hub.

The InvenTree docker image contains all the required system packages, python modules, and configuration files for running a containerised InvenTree web server.

Compose Yourself

The InvenTree container requires linking with other docker containers (such as a database backend) for complete operation. Sample docker compose scripts are provided to get you up and running

Check the version

Please make sure you are reading the STABLE documentation when using the stable docker image tags.

Assumed Knowledge

A very basic understanding of Docker and docker compose is assumed, for the following setup guides.

Tagged Images

Pre-built Docker images are available from dockerhub with the following tags:

Tag Description Relevant documentation to follow
inventree:stable The most recent stable release version of InvenTree stable docs
inventree:latest The most up-to-date development version of InvenTree. latest docs
inventree:tag Specific tagged images are built for each tagged release of InvenTree, e.g. inventree:0.7.3

Docker Compose

The InvenTree docker image provides a containerized webserver, however it must be connected with other containers (at the very least, a database backend).

InvenTree provides sample docker compose files to get you up and running:

  • A development compose file provides a simple way to spin up a development environment
  • A production compose file is intended to be used in a production environment, running the web server behind a nginx proxy.

Environment Variables

InvenTree run-time configuration options described in the configuration documentation can be passed to the InvenTree container as environment variables. Using environment variables simplifies setup and improves portability.

Persistent Data

As docker containers are ephemeral, any persistent data must be stored in an external volume. To simplify installation / implementation, all external data are stored in a single volume, arranged as follows:

Media FIles

Uploaded media files are stored in the media/ subdirectory of the external data volume.

Static Files

Static files required by the webserver are stored in the static/ subdirectory of the external data volume.

Configuration File

As discussed in the configuration documentation, InvenTree run-time settings can be provided in a configuration file.

By default, this file will be created as config.yaml in the external data volume.

Secret Key

InvenTree uses a secret key to provide cryptographic signing for the application.

As specified in the configuration documentation this can be passed to the InvenTree application directly as an environment variable, or provided via a file.

By default, the InvenTree container expects the secret key file to exist as secret_key.txt (within the external data volume). If this file does not exist, it will be created and a new key will be randomly generated.

Same Key

Each InvenTree container instance must use the same secret key value, otherwise unexpected behavior will occur.


Plugins are supported natively when running under docker. There are two ways to install plugins when using docker:

  • Install via the plugins.txt file provided in the external data directory
  • Install into the plugins/ subdirectory in the external data directory

Docker Setup Guides

With these basics in mind, refer to the following installation guides:

Production Server

Refer to the docker production server setup guide for instructions on configuring a production server using docker.

Development Server

Refer to the docker development server setup guide for instructions on configuring a development server using docker.

Last update: December 15, 2023