Installing with 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
  2. Change to the install folder

    cd microcks/install/docker-compose
  3. 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 Single Sign On 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. You can now start using Microcks!

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