Elgg social networking engine Docker image deployment and usage


The automated build docker Elgg social networking engine image “linuxconfig/elgg” can be used to instantly deploy Elgg on your docker hosts.


The Elgg application runs on Debian GNU/Linux system featuring Apache web server, MariaDB ( MySQL ), database and PHP5. A new docker container based on “linuxconfig/elgg” will expose port 80 which can be linked to the docker host port for an immediate Elgg web site access.

Configured MySQL users:passwords:

  • root:”empty password”
  • admin:”pass”

Configured MySQL databases:

  • elgg

Exposed ports:

  • 80

Full path to elgg data directory:

  • /var/www/html/data


Below command will download and create a new docker container called elgg and link local host system port 80 with container’s exposed port 80.

# docker run -d --name=elgg -p 80:80 linuxconfig/elgg


Once you deploy the elgg docker container you can immediately access it by using your browser and navigating to http://localhost and start elgg installation by using the information provided above.

Additional information

Use the following linux command to update or reset MariaDB user password. The below command will set a new admin user password:

# docker exec -it elgg mysqladmin -uadmin -ppass password abc123

To create a new database eg. elgg2 enter:

# docker exec -it elgg mysqladmin -uadmin -ppass create elgg2