Docker Setup

Polypheny supports a multitude of different underlying data stores (like Cassandra, MonetDB, etc.). Polypheny connects to these databases using data store adapters. While some of these adapters can be deployed directly (embedded) in Polypheny itself, others need to be deployed and configured outside Polypheny and then connected to it (remote).

This process can be somewhat challenging. Polypheny, therefore, offers the ability to deploy and manage some adapters directly from Polypheny using Docker. This massively simplifies the setup of a data store.

Docker allows the automated setup and execution of preconfigured software packets, so-called containers. These containers are isolated from the host system.

More information about Docker can be found here.

Install Docker

Docker is available for all major operating systems:

Connect Docker with Polypheny

The easiest approach to setup Docker with Polypheny is by using the docker-remote-api-tls container. This Container exposes the Docker Remote API. The API is secure and requires clients to authenticate using a TLS client certificate. The required certificate is created by the container on start up. Besides deploying the container, no further manual action is required to setup the docker-remote-api-tls container.

Before deploying the connector container, make sure that there is a certs folder in the POLYPHENY_HOME directory (defaults to ~/.polypheny/).

Using Docker Compose

Polypheny comes with a Docker compose file containing an example configuration of this container. The docker-compose.yml file can be found in the root directory of Polypheny.

If you downloaded a official release of Polypheny, you can simply create a file called docker-compose.yml anywhere on your system and copy the file content from below into it.
# file: `docker-compose.yml`
version: "3.4"
        image: polypheny/polypheny-connector
        restart: unless-stopped
        container_name: polypheny-connector
            - "2376:443"
            - CREATE_CERTS_WITH_PW=supersecret
            - CERT_HOSTNAME=localhost
            - CERT_EXPIRATION_DAYS=3650
            - ${POLYPHENY_HOME:-~}/.polypheny/certs/localhost:/data/certs
            - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro

For security reason, it is highly recommended to change [supersecret] to something more secure.

When running docker-compose using sudo, make sure to replace ~/.polypheny/certs/localhost with the absolute path: /home/[user]/.polypheny/certs/localhost (only when not using the POLYPHENY_HOME system variable)

Most Docker installations also install docker-compose, which automates the deployment of Docker containers. When docker-compose is installed, one can just start the special container by navigating in the folder of the docker-compose.yml file and execute it by running:

docker-compose up -d

Using Docker Run

Instead of using docker-compose, it is also possible to start the container using the following Docker run command:

docker run -d \
    --restart unless-stopped \
    --name polypheny-connector \
    -p 2376:443 \
    -e CREATE_CERTS_WITH_PW=supersecret \
    -e CERT_HOSTNAME=localhost \
    -v ${POLYPHENY_HOME:-~}/.polypheny/certs/localhost:/data/certs \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro \

For security reason, it is highly recommended to change [supersecret] to something different before deploying.

When running Docker using sudo without using a dedicated POLYPHENY_HOME system variable, ${POLYPHENY_HOME:-~}/.polypheny/certs/localhost should be replaced with /home/[user]/.polypheny/certs/localhost.

Validate that the docker-remote-api-tls container runs

To validate that the container runs properly, all containers can be listed with the following command:

docker ps -a
sudo docker ps -a

In the column NAMES there should be a container called polypheny-connector and the if running correctly the corresponding status is: Up <time since running> (healthy). If it keeps restarting, refer to the troubleshooting section.

Validate Connection and Deploy Data Stores

After configuring Docker correctly, one can start Polypheny and navigate to Config –> Docker. When the connection has been set up correctly, it will be highlighted green and display Reachable. Do not forget to save, after making changes.

(Optional) Docker on Remote Hosts

To allow for a more flexible deployment setup, Polypheny also allows Docker installations running on other machines. The necessary steps to connect to a remote docker instance are mostly identical to the local setup.

Before starting the connector container (using compose or the run command) on the remote system, make sure to change the CERT_HOSTNAME to the IP address or hostname of the remote system. After starting the connector container, copy the generated certificates to ~/.polypheny/certs/[ip-of-remote] on the system Polypheny is running on.

Make sure that port 2376 on the remote system is accessible from the machine Polypheny is running on.

When everything has been set up correctly, the remote can be added in the browser based user interface by navigating to Config –> Docker. To connect to the remote host, add a new instance using the IP address of the machine the remote docker instance is running on.


Starting the connector container fails. No certificates in the ~/.polypheny/certs/ folder.

To view a log of the polypheny-adapter container, use the following command:

docker logs --tail 50 --follow --timestamps polypheny-connector
sudo docker logs --tail 50 --follow --timestamps polypheny-connector

If there are error messages that contain: No certificates in the ~/.polypheny/certs/ folder try the following:

  • Check the ~/.polypheny/certs/ folder. If it contains a localhost or [ip-of-remote] folder, try deleting it and run docker-compose up -d or execute the Docker run command again.

  • When using a Unix operating system, one can also try to set the access rights to the certs folder:

    sudo chmod -R 770 .polypheny/certs/
    sudo chown -R ubuntu:docker .polypheny/certs/
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