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This image is deprecated. We will not offer support for this image and it will not be updated.

We recommend our unifi-network-application image instead:

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The Unifi-controller software is a powerful, enterprise wireless software engine ideal for high-density client deployments requiring low latency and high uptime performance.


Supported Architectures

We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:

Architecture Available Tag
x86-64 amd64-<version tag>
arm64 arm64v8-<version tag>

Version Tags

This image provides various versions that are available via tags. Please read the descriptions carefully and exercise caution when using unstable or development tags.

Tag Available Description
latest Stable Unifi Controller releases.
mongoless Stable Unifi Controller releases without mongodb included.

Application Setup

From 2024-01-01 this image will be deprecated and it will no longer be updated. Please migrate to our Unifi Network Application image instead

See: for more information.

The webui is at https://ip:8443, setup with the first run wizard.

For Unifi to adopt other devices, e.g. an Access Point, it is required to change the inform IP address. Because Unifi runs inside Docker by default it uses an IP address not accessible by other devices. To change this go to Settings > System > Advanced and set the Inform Host to a hostname or IP address accessible by your devices. Additionally the checkbox "Override" has to be checked, so that devices can connect to the controller during adoption (devices use the inform-endpoint during adoption).

Please note, Unifi change the location of this option every few releases so if it's not where it says, search for "Inform" or "Inform Host" in the settings.

In order to manually adopt a device take these steps:

ssh ubnt@$AP-IP
set-inform http://$address:8080/inform

The default device password is ubnt. $address is the IP address of the host you are running this container on and $AP-IP is the Access Point IP address.

When using a Security Gateway (router) it could be that network connected devices are unable to obtain an ip address. This can be fixed by setting "DHCP Gateway IP", under Settings > Networks > network_name, to a correct (and accessable) ip address.

Strict reverse proxies

This image uses a self-signed certificate by default. This naturally means the scheme is https. If you are using a reverse proxy which validates certificates, you need to disable this check for the container.


To help you get started creating a container from this image you can either use docker-compose or the docker cli.

version: "2.1"
    container_name: unifi-controller
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Etc/UTC
      - MEM_LIMIT=1024 #optional
      - MEM_STARTUP=1024 #optional
      - /path/to/data:/config
      - 8443:8443
      - 3478:3478/udp
      - 10001:10001/udp
      - 8080:8080
      - 1900:1900/udp #optional
      - 8843:8843 #optional
      - 8880:8880 #optional
      - 6789:6789 #optional
      - 5514:5514/udp #optional
    restart: unless-stopped

docker cli (click here for more info)

docker run -d \
  --name=unifi-controller \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Etc/UTC \
  -e MEM_LIMIT=1024 `#optional` \
  -e MEM_STARTUP=1024 `#optional` \
  -p 8443:8443 \
  -p 3478:3478/udp \
  -p 10001:10001/udp \
  -p 8080:8080 \
  -p 1900:1900/udp `#optional` \
  -p 8843:8843 `#optional` \
  -p 8880:8880 `#optional` \
  -p 6789:6789 `#optional` \
  -p 5514:5514/udp `#optional` \
  -v /path/to/data:/config \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Containers are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Ports (-p)

Parameter Function
8443 Unifi web admin port
3478/udp Unifi STUN port
10001/udp Required for AP discovery
8080 Required for device communication
1900/udp Required for Make controller discoverable on L2 network option
8843 Unifi guest portal HTTPS redirect port
8880 Unifi guest portal HTTP redirect port
6789 For mobile throughput test
5514/udp Remote syslog port

Environment Variables (-e)

Env Function
PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
TZ=Etc/UTC specify a timezone to use, see this list.
MEM_LIMIT=1024 Optionally change the Java memory limit (in Megabytes). Set to default to reset to default
MEM_STARTUP=1024 Optionally change the Java initial/minimum memory (in Megabytes). Set to default to reset to default

Volume Mappings (-v)

Volume Function
/config All Unifi data stored here

Miscellaneous Options

Parameter Function

Environment variables from files (Docker secrets)

You can set any environment variable from a file by using a special prepend FILE__.

As an example:

-e FILE__MYVAR=/run/secrets/mysecretvariable

Will set the environment variable MYVAR based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretvariable file.

Umask for running applications

For all of our images we provide the ability to override the default umask settings for services started within the containers using the optional -e UMASK=022 setting. Keep in mind umask is not chmod it subtracts from permissions based on it's value it does not add. Please read up here before asking for support.

User / Group Identifiers

When using volumes (-v flags), permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container, we avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID.

Ensure any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

In this instance PUID=1000 and PGID=1000, to find yours use id your_user as below:

id your_user

Example output:

uid=1000(your_user) gid=1000(your_user) groups=1000(your_user)

Docker Mods

Docker Mods Docker Universal Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) as well as universal mods that can be applied to any one of our images can be accessed via the dynamic badges above.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    docker exec -it unifi-controller /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    docker logs -f unifi-controller
  • Container version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' unifi-controller
  • Image version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}'

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (ie. nextcloud, plex), we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Compose

  • Update images:

    • All images:

      docker-compose pull
    • Single image:

      docker-compose pull unifi-controller
  • Update containers:

    • All containers:

      docker-compose up -d
    • Single container:

      docker-compose up -d unifi-controller
  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Via Docker Run

  • Update the image:

    docker pull
  • Stop the running container:

    docker stop unifi-controller
  • Delete the container:

    docker rm unifi-controller
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker run parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)

  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Via Watchtower auto-updater (only use if you don't remember the original parameters)

  • Pull the latest image at its tag and replace it with the same env variables in one run:

    docker run --rm \
      -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
      containrrr/watchtower \
      --run-once unifi-controller
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune


We do not endorse the use of Watchtower as a solution to automated updates of existing Docker containers. In fact we generally discourage automated updates. However, this is a useful tool for one-time manual updates of containers where you have forgotten the original parameters. In the long term, we highly recommend using Docker Compose.

Image Update Notifications - Diun (Docker Image Update Notifier)


We recommend Diun for update notifications. Other tools that automatically update containers unattended are not recommended or supported.

Building locally

If you want to make local modifications to these images for development purposes or just to customize the logic:

git clone
cd docker-unifi-controller
docker build \
  --no-cache \
  --pull \
  -t .

The ARM variants can be built on x86_64 hardware using multiarch/qemu-user-static

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static:register --reset

Once registered you can define the dockerfile to use with -f Dockerfile.aarch64.


  • 01.01.24: - Deprecate.
  • 05.09.23: - Add deprecation warning as per
  • 04.09.23: - Bump JRE to 17 to support v7.5.
  • 02.05.23: - Cleanup apt-get install during build to reduce image size.
  • 18.03.23: - Add mongoless branch.
  • 10.03.23: - Test writing to /run/unifi and symlink to /config/run if it fails.
  • 20.02.23: - Migrate to s6v3, install deb package on build, fix permissions.
  • 23.01.23: - Exclude run from /config volume.
  • 30.11.22: - Bump JRE to 11.
  • 01.06.22: - Deprecate armhf.
  • 23.12.21: - Move min/max memory config from run to
  • 22.12.21: - Move deb package install to first init to avoid overlayfs performance issues.
  • 13.12.21: - Rebase 64 bit containers to Focal.
  • 11.12.21: - Add java opts to mitigate CVE-2021-44228.
  • 11.06.21: - Allow for changing Java initial mem via new optional environment variable.
  • 12.01.21: - Deprecate the LTS tag as Unifi no longer releases LTS stable builds. Existing users can switch to the latest tag. Direct upgrade from 5.6.42 (LTS) to 6.0.42 (latest) tested successfully.
  • 17.07.20: - Rebase 64 bit containers to Bionic and Mongo 3.6.
  • 16.06.20: - Add logrotate.
  • 02.06.20: - Updated port list & descriptions. Moved some ports to optional.
  • 14.11.19: - Changed url for deb package to match new Ubiquity domain.
  • 29.07.19: - Allow for changing Java mem limit via new optional environment variable.
  • 23.03.19: - Switching to new Base images, shift to arm32v7 tag.
  • 10.02.19: - Initial release of new unifi-controller image with new tags and pipeline logic