Running in Docker¶
Obtaining the Docker Images¶
The Canton Open Source edition is published to the digitalasset/canton-open-source dockerhub repository. You can pull the Docker image using
docker pull digitalasset/canton-open-source[:version]
Here, the version is optional and by default, the latest version is used. The version
dev is the the current main build.
Please note that previous versions were called
canton-community, before we renamed the artefact to
If you want to use the Enterprise edition, you can download it using
docker login digitalasset-canton-enterprise-docker.jfrog.io docker pull digitalasset-canton-enterprise-docker.jfrog.io/digitalasset/canton-enterprise
The canton executable is the default image entry point so all examples using
bin/canton can simply substitute that with
docker run digitalasset/canton.
For example, to run our example simple topology:
docker run --rm -it digitalasset/canton-open-source:latest --config examples/01-simple-topology/simple-topology.conf --bootstrap examples/01-simple-topology/simple-ping.canton
--rm option ensures that the container is removed when the canton process exits.
-it options start the container interactively and provide a TTY for running our console.
The default working directory of the container is
This directory contains the same content as the release archive (
By default docker will pull the
latest tag containing the latest Canton release.
As docker will only automatically pull
latest once, ensure you have the latest version by periodically running
docker pull digitalasset/canton-open-source.
Previous releases can be run by specifying their tag
The default convention with logging of containers is to have the process to log to
stdout. Therefore, we to change the logging behaviour of Canton using appropriate command line flags, such as
Supplying custom configuration and DARs¶
To expose files to the canton container you must specify a volume mapping from the host machine to the container.
For example, if you have the local directory
my-application containing your custom canton configuration and DAR:
docker run --rm -it \ --volume "$PWD/my-application:/canton/my-application" \ digitalasset/canton-open-source --config /canton/my-application/my-config.conf
DARs can be loaded using the same container local path.
Exposing the ledger-api to the host machine¶
Applications using Canton will typically need access to the ledger-api to read from and write to the ledger.
Each participant binds the ledger-api to the port specified at the configuration key:
participant1 in the simple topology example this is set to port 5011.
To expose the ledger-api to port 5011 on the host machine, run docker with the following options:
docker run --rm -it \ -p 5011:5011 \ digitalasset/canton-open-source \ -Dcanton.participants.participant1.ledger-api.address=0.0.0.0 \ --config examples/01-simple-topology/simple-topology.conf \ --bootstrap examples/01-simple-topology/simple-ping.canton
The ledger-api port for each participant will need to be mapped separately.
Running Postgres in Docker¶
Canton requires an appropriate database to persist data. For this purpose, such a database can also be run in a docker container using the following, helpful command:
docker run -d --rm --name canton-postgres --shm-size=256mb --publish 5432:5432 -e POSTGRES_USER=test-user -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=test-password postgres:11 postgres -c max_connections=500
Please note that the
--publish command allows us to pick the target port which we have to define in the
Canton configuration file. The
--rm will delete the data store once the docker container is killed. This is
useful for short-term tests. The
--shm-size 256mb is necessary as Docker will allocate only 64mb of shared memory by
default which is insufficient for the way Canton uses Postgres.
Note that you also need to create the databases yourself, which for
Postgres you can do using
PGPASSWORD=test-password psql -h localhost -U test-user << EOF CREATE DATABASE participant1; GRANT ALL ON DATABASE participant1 TO CURRENT_USER; EOF
The tables will be managed automatically by Canton. The
psql solution works also if you run multiple nodes on one
Postgres database which all require separate databases. If you run just one node against one database, you can avoid
psql by adding
--POSTGRES_DB=participant1 to above docker command.