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It is the currently supported up-to-date virtual environment release of OpenBioMaps.

It is good for testing, developing or it can be applied in production environment after some updates.

Using docker is easy! Only 3 steps needed:

  1. Install docker compose
  2. Get obm-docker image
  3. start your docker environment

Prepare/Install Docker & Compose

foo@bar:~$ sudo curl -L https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.22.0/docker-compose-`uname -s`-`uname -m` -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

foo@bar:~$ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

foo@bar:~$ docker-compose --version

docker-compose version 1.22.0, build f46880fe

Visit this page for further inforamtion about installing docker https://docs.docker.com/compose/install/

OBM docker install

foo@bar:~$ git clone https://gitlab.com/openbiomaps/docker/obm-composer.git

foo@bar:~$ cd obm-composer/

foo@bar:~$ sudo groupadd -g 996 docker

foo@bar:~$ sudo adduser foo docker

foo@bar:~$ docker network create obm_web

foo@bar:~$ docker-compose up -d

Visit your OBM app



Log in your template databse using valaki@openbiomaps.org user name and abc123 password;

Database access

You can access your postgres database on the following preconfigured online database manager applications:



with sablon_admin username and 12345 password. You can manage your database with biomapsadmin user and abcd1234 password.

If you change these passwords, should be updated the following places:




In the mapfile, the new encrypted password can be generated with the ms-access-key located in /var/lib/openbiomaps/maps/access.key

The two databases ‘biomaps’ and ‘gisdata’ have root postgres users respectively biomaps and gisdata (instead of the ususal postgres) and both password is changeMe.

OBM maintenance

You can access OBM server admin interface: http://localhost:9880/supervisor.php

with supervisor username and 12345 password. This password is located at /etc/openbiomaps/.htaccess.

Updates: update application with Docker

foo@bar:~$ git pull https://gitlab.com/openbiomaps/docker/obm-composer.git
foo@bar:~$ docker-compose pull
Pulling gisdata    ... done
Pulling biomaps    ... done
Pulling mapserver  ... done
Pulling app        ... done
Pulling phppgadmin ... done
Pulling adminer    ... done

foo@bar:~$ docker-compose up -d
Starting obm-composer_gisdata_1 ... done
Starting obm-composer_biomaps_1 ... done
Starting obm-composer_mapserver_1  ... done
Starting obm-composer_adminer_1    ... done
Starting obm-composer_phppgadmin_1 ... done
Recreating obm-composer_app_1      ... done

Stopping docker

foo@bar:~$ docker-compose down

Drop everything (including data and databases)

foo@bar:~$ docker-compose down -v

Shell access of web app

foo@bar:~$ docker-compose exec app bash

Reading logs

foo@bar:~$ docker-compose logs -f app

Restart app

Do not restart apache from docker shell, but from outside

foo@bar:~$ docker-compose restart app

Set up mailing

Assuming that the new servers do not have their own domain name, the default value for sending mail is set to smtp (/etc/openbiomaps/system_vars.php.inc), which requires you to configure outgoing smtp servers and associated authentication for each projects (/var/www/html/biomaps/projects/…/local_vars.php.inc)

These config files as a template can be accessed from your “obm-composer” directory:

ls -l obm-composer/econf/
-rw-r--r-- 1 foo bar 2059 Feb  5 20:59 local_vars-sablon.php.inc
-rw-r--r-- 1 foo bar  417 Feb  5 20:45 server_vars.php.inc
-rw-r--r-- 1 foo bar  819 Feb  5 20:36 system_vars.php.inc

To be able to apply a new setting here in the running system, you have to edit your Docker config file

vi obm-composer/docker-compose.yml
 20       # comment out to enable local config files
 21       # - ./econf/system_vars.php.inc:/etc/openbiomaps/system_vars.php.inc
 22       # - ./econf/server_vars.php.inc:/var/www/html/biomaps/server_vars.php.inc
 23       # - ./econf/local_vars-sablon.php.inc:/var/www/html/biomaps/projects/sablon/local_vars.php.inc

As you can see, there are commented references for these external files which will be included “on the fly” in your running system.

So, you have to edit your obm-composer/econf/local_vars-sablon.php.inc file for the default “sablon” project.

Find the Mail Settings section

45 // Mail settings
46 define('SMTP_AUTH',false); # true
47 define('SMTP_HOST','...');
48 define('SMTP_USERNAME','...');
49 define('SMTP_PASSWORD','...');
50 define('SMTP_SECURE','tls'); # ssl
51 define('SMTP_PORT','587'); # 465
52 define('SMTP_SENDER','openbiomaps@...');

Set these variables as you need. E.g.

45 // Mail settings
46 define('SMTP_AUTH',false); # true
47 define('SMTP_HOST','mail.my-mail-server.com');
48 define('SMTP_USERNAME','my-name@my-mail-server.com');
49 define('SMTP_PASSWORD','something');
50 define('SMTP_SECURE','tls'); # ssl
51 define('SMTP_PORT','587'); # 465
52 define('SMTP_SENDER','openbiomaps@my-mail-server.com');

If SMTP_SENDER is not set the SMTP_USERNAME will be the sender. Sending mails with google, with these simple settings is not possible, because google uses xoauth layer to authenticate! It is possible to include that layer here!

Docker maintenance

Remove huge amount of old, not used docker images…

Do we have a lot?

docker images | grep "<none>"

Let drop them….

docker images | grep "<none>" | awk '{print $3}' | sed -e 's/^/docker rmi /' | bash

Founding a new project in Docker

Some updates….

docker cp obm-composer_app_1:/var/www/html/biomaps/projects/YOUR_PROJECT/local_vars.php.inc ./econf/local_vars-YOUR_PROJECT.inc

Include this econf path below the app volumes as like sablon example.


The VirtualBox edition currently is outdated, not recommended to use it!

  1. Download virtualbox from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
  2. Download the latest .ova image from http://openbiomaps.org/downloads
  3. Read this readme for the the next steps: http://openbiomaps.org/downloads/virtual-image/README