How to run Alfresco Docker Installer? Since Alfresco Installer was discontinued from Alfresco 5.2, this project provides a command line installer for Alfresco Community 6.1 to be used in Docker Compose installations.

This project generates a Docker Compose template ready to be used including following features:

  • RAM limits for every service according to global memory available for Docker
  • PostgreSQL or MariaDB as database (no other option but MySQL is supported for Community)
  • Search Services configured for environments using several languages for contents or from operative systems / browsers
  • Outbound Email service (smtp)
  • LDAP service for identification (based in OpenLDAP)
  • Several addons available

This generator creates a base Docker Template with the configuration selected, but you should review volumes, configuration, modules & tuning parameters before using this composition in Production environments.

Installation

This program has following dependencies:

  • Node.js
  • Yeoman

You can download and install Node.js from official web page:

https://nodejs.org/en/download/

Or you can use any of the package managers provided by the product:

https://nodejs.org/en/download/package-manager/

Once Node.js is installed, you can install Yeoman as a module:

$ npm install -g yo

And finally, you can install this generator:

$ npm install --global generator-alfresco-docker-installer

Deployment is provided for Docker Compose, so following dependencies must be satisfied by the server used to run the generated configuration:

  • Docker
  • Docker Compose

You can install Docker Desktop for Windows or Mac and Docker Server for Linux.

https://docs.docker.com/install/

You need also to add Docker Compose program to your installation.

https://docs.docker.com/compose/install/

Building

The module is available at npm:

https://www.npmjs.com/package/generator-alfresco-docker-installer

If you want to build it locally, you need an environment with Node.js and Yeoman. And from the root folder of the project, just type:

$ npm link

Running

Create a folder where Docker Compose template files are going to be produced and run the generator.

$ mkdir docker-compose
$ cd docker-compose

$ yo alfresco-docker-installer

Several options are provided in order to build the configuration.

? Which ACS version do you want to use? 6.1

You can use Alfresco 6.1 or 6.2

? How may GB RAM are available for Alfresco (8 is minimum required)? 8

Alfresco platform could work with less than 8 GB RAM, but it’s recommended to provide at least 8 GB in your Docker server. This generator will limit the amount of memory for every service in order to match your resources.

Do you want to use HTTPs for Web Proxy?

This option enables HTTPs for every service. Default SSL certificates (public and private) are provided in config/cert folder. These certificates are not recommended for prod environments, so it’s required to replace these files with your own certificates.

What is the name of your server?

If you are deploying on a server different than localhost, include in this option the name of your server. For instance: alfresco.com

? What HTTP port do you want to use (all the services are using the same port)? 80 or 443

HTTP port to be used by every service. If you are running on a Linux computer, you’ll need to specify a port greater than 1024 when not starting as root user.

? Do you want to use FTP (port 2121)? No

Enable configuration for FTP, using by default port 2121.

? Do you want to use MariaDB instead of PostgreSQL? No

Alfresco uses PostgreSQL by default, but alternatively MariaDB can be used as database.

? Are you using different languages (this is the most common scenario)? Yes

By default, many organisations are storing document in different languages or the users are accessing the platform with browser configured in different languages. If this is your case, enable this configuration.

? Do you want to create an internal SMTP server? No

This service provides an internal SMTP server (for outgoing emails) based in a Postfix Relay. If you want to use your own mail server, you can configure it manually after the generation of the Docker Compose template.

? Do you want to create an internal LDAP server? No

This service provides an internal OpenLDAP server (for authentication). If you want to use your own LDAP or AD server, you can configure it manually after the generation of the Docker Compose template.

? Select the addons to be installed:
  JavaScript Console 0.6                 : https://github.com/share-extras/js-console
  Order of the Bee Support Tools 1.1.0.0 : https://github.com/OrderOfTheBee/ootbee-support-tools
  Share Site Creators 0.0.7              : https://github.com/jpotts/share-site-creators
  Simple OCR 2.3.1                       : https://github.com/keensoft/alfresco-simple-ocr
  ESign Cert 1.8.2                       : https://github.com/keensoft/alfresco-esign-cert

A small catalog of trusted addons is provided by default, but you can install any other using the deployment folders.

Passing parameters from command line

Default values for options can be specified in the command line, using a --name=value pattern. When an options is specified in the command line, the question is not prompted to the user, so you can generate a Docker Compose template with no user interaction.

$ yo alfresco-docker-installer --acsVersion=6.1

Parameter names reference

  • --acsVersion: 6.1 or 6.2 (early access only)
  • --ram: number of GB available for Docker
  • --mariadb: true or false
  • --crossLocale: true or false
  • --smtp: true or false
  • --ldap: true or false
  • --addons: list of addons to be installed: js-console, ootbee-support-tools, share-site-creators, simple-ocr, esign-cert

Deploying additional addons

If you want to deploy additional addons, use deployment folders for Alfresco and Share services.

Alfresco

├── alfresco
│   ├── modules             > Deployment directory for addons
│   │   ├── amps            > Repository addons with AMP format
│   │   └── jars            > Repository addons with JAR format

Share

└── share                   
    └── modules             > Deployment directory for addons
        ├── amps            > Share addons with AMP format
        └── jars            > Share addons with JAR format

Using Docker Compose

Once the files have been generated, review that configuration is what you expected and add or modify any other settings. After that, just start Docker Compose.

$ docker-compose up --build --force-recreate -d

You can shutdown it at any moment using following command.

$ docker-compose down

Following folder structure is generated when Docker Compose is running. Depending on the configuration selected, some folders cannot be available in your server.

├── alfresco                > DOCKER
│   ├── Dockerfile          > Docker Image for Alfresco Repository
│   ├── bin                 > [OCR] Shell script to communicate with OCR Service
│   ├── modules             > Deployment directory for addons
│   │   ├── amps            > Repository addons with AMP format
│   │   └── jars            > Repository addons with JAR format
│   └── ssh                 > [OCR] Shared key to communicate with OCR Service

├── config                  > CONFIGURATION
│   ├── nginx.conf          > Web Proxy configuration
│   └── nginx.htpasswd      > Password to protect the access to Solr Web Console

├── config/cert             > SSL Certificates (only when using HTTPs)
│   ├── localhost.cer       > Public part for the SSL Certificate
│   └── localhost.key       > Private part for the SSL Certificate

├── data                    > DATA STORAGE (it's recommend to perform a backup of this folder)
│   ├── alf-repo-data       > Content Store for Alfresco Repository
│   ├── ldap                > [LDAP] Internal database
│   ├── ocr                 > [OCR] Temporal folder shared between Alfresco Repository and OCR
│   ├── postgres-data       > Internal storage for database
│   ├── slap.d              > [LDAP] Control folder
│   └── solr-data           > Internal storage for SOLR

├── docker-compose.yml      > Main Docker Compose template

├── logs                    > LOGS
│   ├── alfresco            > Alfresco Repository logs
│   ├── postgres            > PostgreSQL database logs
│   └── share               > Share Web Application logs

├── ocrmypdf                > OCR
│   ├── Dockerfile          > Docker Image for ocrmypdf program
│   └── assets              > Additional configuration to communicate with Alfresco Repository

├── search                  > SOLR
│   └── Dockerfile          > Docker Image for SOLR

└── share                   > SHARE
    ├── Dockerfile          > Docker Image for Share
    └── modules             > Deployment directory for addons
        ├── amps            > Share addons with AMP format
        └── jars            > Share addons with JAR format

Docker Volumes

In order to enable persistent storage, several Docker Volumes are configured by default. When using from Linux, some permissions on your local folders need to be set.

Identifying the right UID for every folder can be obtained by starting Docker Compose without the volumes declaration. Following lines should be commented in docker-compose.yml file.

    postgres:
#        volumes:
#            - ./data/postgres-data:/var/lib/postgresql/data
#            - ./logs/postgres:/var/log/postgresql

    solr6:
#        volumes:
#            - ./data/solr-data:/opt/alfresco-search-services/data

Once the volumes have been commented, start Docker Compose.

$ docker-compose up --build --force-recreate

After that, you can find the SOLR Docker Image and the UID of the user owning data folders (solr by default).

$ docker ps
ded1748f961f    nginx:stable-alpine   tmp_proxy_1
b01e0abb3c0e    tmp_alfresco          tmp_alfresco_1
4fef719112ad    postgres:10.1         tmp_postgres_1
99a4bd6ede52    tmp_share             tmp_share_1
554236b9bedf    tmp_solr6             tmp_solr6_1

$ docker exec -it tmp_solr6_1 sh

$ cd /opt/alfresco-search-services/

$ ls -la
drwxr-xr-x 5 solr solr 4096 Nov 21 13:07 data

$ id -u solr
33007

Stop Docker Container and set the right permissions on your host folder.

$ docker-compose down

$ sudo chown -R 33007 data/solr-data

You could need to adjust also the permissions for postgres user inside PostgreSQL Docker Image. By default the UID is 999, but you can perform similar operations as above to guess this number.

$ sudo chown -R 999 logs

Uncomment the lines in your docker-compose.yml for the volumes declaration and your Docker Compose should be ready to use.

Docker Images

Service URLs

These are default URLs, selecting HTTP port 80.

Default URLs

http://localhost

Default credentials

  • user: admin
  • password: admin
http://localhost/share

Default credentials

  • user: admin
  • password: admin
http://localhost/alfresco

Default credentials

  • user: admin
  • password: admin
http://localhost/solr

Default credentials

  • user: admin
  • password: admin
http://localhost/api-explorer

Default credentials

  • user: admin
  • password: admin
http://localhost:8088

Default credentials

  • user: cn=admin,dc=alfresco,dc=org
  • password: admin

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