Docker Image Setup

Install tools to download and run the publicly available Docker image for CHT applications

This document helps to quickly install the necessary tools to download and run the public docker image for CHT applications.

Download Docker


Mac OSX:


  • If you have Hyper-V Capability, please ensure it is enabled in order to run Linux Containers on Windows. If you are running your Windows Server in cloud services, please ensure it is running on bare-metal. You will not be able to run Linux Containers in Windows if the previous comments are not adhered due to nested virtualization.
  • Docker for Windows
  • If you do not have Hyper-V capability, but your server still supports virtualization, ensure that is enabled in your BiOS, and install the following package:
  • Docker Toolbox using VirtualBox

Run the installation and follow the instructions.

Launch Docker.

Performance Settings that can be changed: Memory: 4 GiB CPUs: 2

Use Docker-Compose:

In the location you would like to host your configuration files, create a file titled <project_name>-medic-os-compose.yml with the following contents.

One way to do this is using the curl command line tool. In this example we’re creating a file called test-docs-medic-os-compose.yml:

curl -o test-docs-medic-os-compose.yml

Alternately, if you do not have curl, you can right click this link and choose “Save link as…” and specify the correct location to save.

Export a password for admin user named medic:


Launch docker-compose containers

Inside the directory that you saved the above <project_name>-medic-os-compose.yml, run:

$ docker-compose -f <project_name>-medic-os-compose.yml up

Once containers are setup, please run the following command from your host terminal:

$ docker exec -it medic-os /bin/bash -c "sed -i 's/--install=3.9.0/--complete-install/g' /srv/scripts/horticulturalist/postrun/horticulturalist"
$ docker exec -it medic-os /bin/bash -c "/boot/svc-stop medic-core openssh && /boot/svc-stop medic-rdbms && /boot/svc-stop medic-couch2pg"

The first command fixes a postrun script for horticulturalist to prevent unique scenarios of re-install. The second command stops extra services that you will not need.

Visit your project

Open a browser to: https://localhost

You will have to click to through the SSL Security warning. Click Advanced -> Continue to site.

Delete & Re-Install

Stop containers:

  • docker-compose down or docker stop medic-os && docker stop haproxy

Remove containers:

  • docker-compose rm or docker rm medic-os && docker rm haproxy

Clean data volume:

  • docker volume rm medic-data

After following the above three commands, you can re-run docker-compose up and create a fresh install (no previous data present)

Port Conflicts

In case you are already running services on HTTP(80) and HTTPS(443), you will have to map new ports to the medic-os container.

Turn down and remove all existing containers that were started:

  • docker-compose down && docker-compose rm

To find out which service is using a conflicting port: On Linux:

sudo netstat -plnt | grep ':<port>'

On Mac (10.10 and above):

sudo lsof -iTCP -sTCP:LISTEN -n -P | grep ':<port>'

You can either kill the service which is occupying HTTP/HTTPS ports, or run the container with forwarded ports that are free. In your compose file, change the ports under medic-os:

    container_name: medic-os
    image: medicmobile/medic-os:latest
      - medic-data:/srv
     - 8080:80
     - 444:443

Helpful Docker commands

ssh into container/application & view specific service logs

  • ssh: docker exec -it medic-os /bin/bash

Once inside container:

  • view couchdb logs:
    • #less /srv/storage/medic-core/couchdb/logs/startup.log
  • view medic-api logs:
    • #less /srv/storage/medic-api/logs/medic-api.log
  • view medic-sentinel logs:
    • #less /srv/storage/medic-sentinel/logs/medic-sentinel.log

View container stderr/stdout logs:

  • docker logs medic-os
  • docker logs haproxy

Clean Up

# list running containers
docker ps

# list all available docker containers with their status
sudo docker ps -a

# stop container
docker stop <container_id>

# start container
docker start <container_id>

# list all stoped containers 
docker ps -f "status=exited"

Prune entire Docker system

Use this prune command when unable to launch the containers and you’d like to restart from a clean slate. WARNING: This will delete all your unused images, containers, networks and volumes including those not related to CHT. docker system prune -a --volumes