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Bookstack is a free and open source Wiki designed for creating beautiful documentation. Feautring a simple, but powerful WYSIWYG editor it allows for teams to create detailed and useful documentation with ease.

Powered by SQL and including a Markdown editor for those who prefer it, BookStack is geared towards making documentation more of a pleasure than a chore.

For more information on BookStack visit their website and check it out:

Supported Architectures

Our images support multiple architectures such as x86-64, arm64 and armhf. We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling linuxserver/bookstack 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:










Here are some example snippets to help you get started creating a container from this image.


docker create \
--name=bookstack \
-e PUID=1000 \
-e PGID=1000 \
-e DB_HOST=<yourdbhost> \
-e DB_USER=<yourdbuser> \
-e DB_PASS=<yourdbpass> \
-e DB_DATABASE=bookstackapp \
-e APP_URL= `#optional` \
-p 6875:80 \
-v <path to data>:/config \
--restart unless-stopped \


Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas.

version: "2"
image: linuxserver/bookstack
container_name: bookstack
- PUID=1000
- PGID=1000
- DB_HOST=bookstack_db
- DB_USER=bookstack
- DB_PASS=<yourdbpass>
- DB_DATABASE=bookstackapp
- <path to data>:/config
- 6875:80
restart: unless-stopped
- bookstack_db
image: linuxserver/mariadb
container_name: bookstack_db
- PUID=1000
- PGID=1000
- MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=<yourdbpass>
- TZ=Europe/London
- MYSQL_DATABASE=bookstackapp
- MYSQL_USER=bookstack
- MYSQL_PASSWORD=<yourdbpass>
- <path to data>:/config
restart: unless-stopped


Docker images 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)




will map the container's port 80 to port 6875 on the host

Environment Variables (-e)




for UserID - see below for explanation


for GroupID - see below for explanation


for specifying the database host


for specifying the database user


for specifying the database password


for specifying the database to be used


for specifying the url your application will be accessed on (required for correct operation of reverse proxy)

Volume Mappings (-v)




this will store any uploaded data on the docker host

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 user as below:

$ id username
uid=1000(dockeruser) gid=1000(dockergroup) groups=1000(dockergroup)

Application Setup

The default username is with the password of password, access the container at http://dockerhost:6875.

This application is dependent on a MySQL database be it one you already have or a new one. If you do not already have one, set up our MariaDB container here

If you intend to use this application behind a subfolder reverse proxy, such as our LetsEncrypt container or Traefik you will need to make sure that the APP_URL environment variable is set, or it will not work

Documentation for BookStack can be found at

Advanced Users (full control over the .env file)

If you wish to use the extra functionality of BookStack such as email, Memcache, LDAP and so on you will need to make your own .env file with guidance from the BookStack documentation.

When you create the container, do not set any arguments for any SQL settings, or APP_URL. The container will copy an .env file to /config/www/.env on your host system for you to edit. When you create the container, do not set any arguments for any SQL settings, or APP_URL. The container will copy an exemplary .env file to /config/www/.env on your host system for you to edit.

PDF Rendering

wkhtmltopdf is available to use as an alternative PDF rendering generator as described at

The path to wkhtmltopdf in this image to include in your .env file is /usr/bin/wkhtmltopdf.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    • docker exec -it bookstack /bin/bash

  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    • docker logs -f bookstack

  • Container version number

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

  • Image version number

    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' linuxserver/bookstack


  • 26.07.19: - Use old version of tidyhtml pending upstream fixes.

  • 28.06.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.10.

  • 14.06.19: - Add wkhtmltopdf to image for PDF rendering.

  • 20.04.19: - Rebase to Alpine 3.9, add MySQL init logic.

  • 22.03.19: - Switching to new Base images, shift to arm32v7 tag.

  • 20.01.19: - Added php7-curl

  • 04.11.18: - Added php7-ldap

  • 15.10.18: - Changed functionality for advanced users

  • 08.10.18: - Advanced mode, symlink changes, sed fixing, docs updated, added some composer files

  • 23.09.28: - Updates pre-release

  • 02.07.18: - Initial Release.