Using Docker with QuestDB

QuestDB has images for both Linux/macOS and Windows on Docker Hub.

Install Docker

To begin, install Docker. You can find guides for your platform on the official documentation.

Run QuestDB image

Once Docker is installed, you will need to pull QuestDB's image from Docker Hub and create a container.

This can be done with a single command using:

docker run \
-p 9000:9000 -p 9009:9009 -p 8812:8812 -p 9003:9003 \

This command starts a Docker container from questdb/questdb image. In addition, it exposes some ports, allowing you to explore QuestDB.

In order to configure QuestDB, it is recommended to mount a volume to allow data persistance. This can be done by adding a -v flag to the above command:

-v "/host/volume/location:/var/lib/questdb"

Below each parameter is described in detail.

-p parameter to expose ports

This parameter will expose a port to the host. You can specify:

All ports are optional, you can pick only the ones you need. For example, it is enough to expose 8812 if you only plan to use InfluxDB line protocol.

-v parameter to mount storage

This parameter will make a local directory available to QuestDB Docker container. It will have all data ingested to QuestDB, server logs and configuration.

The QuestDB root_directory is located at the /var/lib/questdb path in the container.

Docker image version

By default, questdb/questdb points to the latest QuestDB version available on Docker. However, it is recommended to define the version used.


Environment variables

Server configuration can be passed to QuestDB running in Docker by using the -e flag to pass an environment variable to a container:

docker run -p 4000:4000 -e QDB_HTTP_BIND_TO= questdb/questdb

For a list of configuration options, see Configuration.

Container status

You can check the status of your container with docker ps.

It also lists the exposed ports, container name, uptime and more:

Finding container status with docker ps
docker ps
Result of docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                NAMES
dd363939f261 questdb/questdb "/app/bin/java -m io…" 3 seconds ago Up 2 seconds 8812/tcp, 9000/tcp frosty_gauss

This container:

  • has an id of dd363939f261
  • uses ports 8812 & 9000, for Postgres wire protocol and HTTP respectively
  • is using a questdb/questdb image
  • ran java to start the binary
  • is 3 seconds old
  • has been up for 2 seconds
  • has the unfortunate name of frosty_gauss

For full container status information, see the docker ps manual.

Debugging container logs

Docker may generate a runtime error.

The error may not be accurate, as the true culprit is often indicated higher up in the logs.

To see the full log, retrieve the UUID - also known as the CONTAINER ID - using docker ps:

Finding the CONTAINER ID
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               ...
dd363939f261 questdb/questdb ...

Now pass the CONTAINER ID - or dd363939f261 - to the docker logs command:

Generating a docker log from a CONTAINER ID
$ docker logs dd363939f261
No arguments found, start with default arguments
Running as questdb user
Log configuration loaded from: /var/lib/questdb/conf/log.conf

Note that the log will pull from /var/lib/questdb/conf/log.conf by default.

Sharing this log when seeking support for Docker deployments will help us find the root cause.

Importing data and sending queries

When QuestDB is running, you can start interacting with it:

Data persistence

Mounting a volume

Volumes can be mounted to the QuestDB Docker container so that data may be persisted or server configuration settings may be passed to an instance. The following example demonstrated how to mount the current directory to a QuestDB container using the -v flag in a Docker run command:

Mounting a volume
docker run -p 9000:9000 \
-p 9009:9009 \
-p 8812:8812 \
-p 9003:9003 \
-v "$(pwd):/var/lib/questdb" \

The current directory will then have data persisted to disk for convenient migration or backups:

Current directory contents
├── conf
│ └── server.conf
├── db
├── log
├── public
└── snapshot (optional)

A server configuration file can also be provided by mounting a local directory in a QuestDB container. Given the following configuration file which overrides the default HTTP bind property:


Running the container with the -v flag allows for mounting the current directory to QuestDB's conf directory in the container. With the server configuration above, HTTP ports for the web console and REST API will be available on localhost:4000:

docker run -v "$(pwd):/var/lib/questdb/conf" -p 4000:4000 questdb/questdb

Upgrade QuestDB version

It is possible to upgrade your QuestDB instance on Docker when a volume is mounted to maintain data persistence.

  • Check the release notes and ensure that necessary backup is completed.
  • Upgrading an instance is possible only when the original instance has a volume mounted. Without mounting a volume for the original instance, the following steps create a new instance and data in the old instance cannot be retrieved.
  1. Run docker ps to copy the container name or ID:
Container status

# The existing QuestDB version is 6.5.2:

dd363939f261 questdb/questdb:6.5.2 "/app/bin/java -m io…" 3 seconds ago Up 2 seconds 8812/tcp, 9000/tcp frosty_gauss
  1. Stop the instance and then remove the container:
docker stop dd363939f261
docker rm dd363939f261
  1. Download the latest QuestDB image:
docker pull questdb/questdb:7.4.2
  1. Start a new container with the new version and the same volume mounted:
docker run -p 8812:8812 -p 9000:9000 -v "$(pwd):/var/lib/questdb" questdb/questdb:7.4.2

Writing logs to disk

When mounting a volume to a Docker container, a logging configuration file may be provided in the container located at /conf/log.conf:

Current directory contents
└── conf
├── log.conf
└── server.conf

For example, a file with the following contents can be created:

# list of configured writers

# file writer

# stdout

# min http server, used monitoring

The current directory can be mounted:

Mounting the current directory to a QuestDB container
docker run -p 9000:9000 \
-p 9009:9009 \
-p 8812:8812 \
-p 9003:9003 \
-v "$(pwd):/root/.questdb/" questdb/questdb

The container logs will be written to disk using the logging level and file name provided in the conf/log.conf file, in this case in ./questdb-docker.log:

Current directory tree
├── conf
│ ├── log.conf
│ └── server.conf
├── db
│ ├── table1
│ └── table2
├── public
│ ├── ui / assets
│ ├── ...
│ └── version.txt
└── questdb-docker.log

For more information on logging, see the configuration reference documentation.

Restart an existing container

Running the following command will create a new container for the QuestDB image:

docker run -p 9000:9000 \
-p 9009:9009 \
-p 8812:8812 \
-p 9003:9003 \

By giving the container a name with --name container_name, we have an easy way to refer to the container created by run later on:

docker run -p 9000:9000 \
-p 9009:9009 \
-p 8812:8812 \
-p 9003:9003 \
--name docker_questdb \

If we want to re-use this container and its data after it has been stopped, we can use the following commands:

# bring the container up
docker start docker_questdb
# shut the container down
docker stop docker_questdb

Alternatively, restart it using the CONTAINER ID:

Starting a container by CONTAINER ID
docker start dd363939f261