NodeBB & Redis Installation


In order to use the NodeBB Docker builds, you will need to have Docker installed. You can find install instructions for your system at

Stable/Development Builds

By default, the NodeBB Docker builds install the stable version of NodeBB. To install the development version of NodeBB, simply append dev to the commands -dev.


To get started with running NodeBB using Docker, you will want to run a redis instance.

docker run --name my-forum-redis -d -p 6379:6379 nodebb/docker:centos-redis
docker run --name my-forum-redis -d -p 6379:6379 nodebb/docker:ubuntu-redis

Next, launch the NodeBB instance, so it links with the just-launched Redis instance.

docker run --name my-forum-nodebb --link my-forum-redis:redis -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -p 4567:4567 -P -t -i nodebb/docker:centos
docker run --name my-forum-nodebb --link my-forum-redis:redis -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -p 4567:4567 -P -t -i nodebb/docker:ubuntu

You will be asked to configure your NodeBB instance, as no config file was found. Simply press enter for all settings except Redis hostname, which should be redis as it is linked using the –linked parameter to our Redis instance, and the administrator username, e-mail and password.

The default port of nodebb is 4567. Ports 80, and 443 have also been exposed for your convenience. You can keep the default nodebb port or change it.

NodeBB will launch the setup and automatically close. Next, simply start the instance again. It will this time find a config file and start as a daemon.

docker start my-forum-nodebb

Your NodeBB instance will be accessible on the port you selected during setup. Check docker ps for more details.


Simply use the /data volume inside your Redis instance. See the official guide on making backups.