With Docker Compose

🗓️ Last updated on May 24, 2024 | 2 | Improve this page

This guide shows you how to install and run Microcks using Docker Compose.

Docker Compose is a tool for easily testing and running multi-container applications. Microcks offers a simple way to set up the minimal required containers to have a functional environment on your local computer.


To get started, make sure you have Docker installed on your system.

In your terminal issue the following commands:

  1. Clone this repository.
git clone --depth 10
  1. Change to the install folder
cd microcks/install/docker-compose
  1. Spin up the containers
docker compose up -d

This will start the required containers and setup a simple environment for you to use.

Open a new browser tab and point to the http://localhost:8080 endpoint. This will redirect you to the Keycloak sign-in page for login. Use the following default credentials to login into the application:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: microcks123

You will be redirected to the main dashboard page.

Enabling Asynchronous API features

Support for Asynchronous API features of Microcks are not enabled by default into the docker-compose.yml file. If you feel your local machine has enough resources to afford it, you can enable them using a slightly different command line.

In your terminal use the following command instead:

docker compose -f docker-compose.yml -f docker-compose-async-addon.yml up -d

Docker compose is now launching additional containers, namely zookeeper, kafka and the microcks-async-minion. The above command should produce the following output:

Creating network "docker-compose_default" with the default driver
Creating microcks-zookeeper       ... done
Creating microcks-db              ... done
Creating microcks-sso             ... done
Creating microcks-postman-runtime ... done
Creating microcks                 ... done
Creating microcks-kafka           ... done
Creating microcks-async-minion    ... done

You may want to check our blog post for a detailed walkthrough on starting Async features on docker-compose.

If you’re feeling lucky regarding your machine, you can even add the Kafdrop utility to visualize and troubleshoot Kafka messages with this command:

docker compose -f docker-compose.yml -f docker-compose-async-addon.yml -f kafdrop-addon.yml up -d

Development mode

A development oriented mode, without the Keycloak service is also available thanks to:

docker compose -f docker-compose-devmode.yml up -d

This configuration enabled Asynchronous API features in a very lightweight mode using Red Panda broker instead of full-blown Apache Kafka distribution.


You just installed Microcks on your local machine using Docker Compose and terminal commands. Congrats! 🎉

You have discover that Microcks provides a bunch of default profiles to use different capabilities of Microcks depending on your working situation. Advanced profiles are using local configuration files mounted from the /config directory. You can refer to the Application Configuration Reference to get the full list of configuration options.

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