Calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. Users say it’s outstanding and a must-have. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.

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:
amd64-<version tag>
arm64v8-<version tag>

Application Setup

This image sets up the calibre desktop app and makes its interface available via Guacamole server in the browser. The interface is available at http://your-ip:8080.
By default, there is no password set for the main gui. Optional environment variable PASSWORD will allow setting a password for the user abc.
Port 8081 is reserved for Calibre's built-in webserver, which can be enabled within the desktop app settings, and the internal port must be set to 8081 although it will then be available at the host mapped port for external access.
You can access advanced features of the Guacamole remote desktop using ctrl+alt+shift enabling you to use remote copy/paste and different languages.


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: calibre
- seccomp:unconfined #optional
- PUID=1000
- PGID=1000
- TZ=Europe/London
- PASSWORD= #optional
- CLI_ARGS= #optional
- /path/to/data:/config
- 8080:8080
- 8081:8081
restart: unless-stopped
docker run -d \
--name=calibre \
--security-opt seccomp=unconfined `#optional` \
-e PUID=1000 \
-e PGID=1000 \
-e TZ=Europe/London \
-e PASSWORD= `#optional` \
-e CLI_ARGS= `#optional` \
-p 8080:8080 \
-p 8081:8081 \
-v /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)

Calibre desktop gui.
Calibre webserver gui.

Environment Variables (-e)

for UserID - see below for explanation
for GroupID - see below for explanation
Specify a timezone to use EG Europe/London.
Optionally set a password for the gui.
Optionally pass cli start arguments to calibre.

Volume Mappings (-v)

Where calibre should store its database and library.
Miscellaneous Options
--security-opt seccomp=unconfined
For Docker Engine only, many modern gui apps need this to function as syscalls are unkown to Docker.

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__PASSWORD=/run/secrets/mysecretpassword
Will set the environment variable PASSWORD based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretpassword 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 user as below:
$ id username
uid=1000(dockeruser) gid=1000(dockergroup) groups=1000(dockergroup)

Docker 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 calibre /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:
    • docker logs -f calibre
  • Container version number
    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' calibre
  • Image version number
    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}'


  • 19.10.22: - Set the window title to Calibre. Remove websocat as it is now handled properly in the baseimage.
  • 18.10.22: - Deprecate Arch branch.
  • 07.10.22: - Start calibre window maximized.
  • 16.09.22: - Rebase to jammy.
  • 24.07.22: - Add arm64 build for master branch.
  • 11.07.22: - Update dependencies for Calibre 6.
  • 28.05.22: - Rebase to focal.
  • 31.03.22: - Fix umask.
  • 28.02.22: - Add speech support to bionic image.
  • 05.01.22: - Add arch branch for arm platforms.
  • 20.04.21: - Fix the HOME folder.
  • 19.04.21: - Add libnss3 back in. Make sure Calibre can access environment variables.
  • 18.04.21: - Start calibre on container start rather than gui connect.
  • 15.04.21: - Rebase to rdesktop-web baseimage. Deprecate GUAC_USER and GUAC_PASS env vars. Existing users can set the new var PASSWORD for the user abc.
  • 25.09.20: - Switch to python3, add various new dependencies for calibre 5.0.
  • 10.05.19: - Add new env var CLI_ARGS to pass start arguments to calibre.
  • 18.03.19: - Let Calibre access environment variables, add optional umask setting.
  • 23.10.19: - Remove reccomended deps and zenity for character compatibility.
  • 18.10.19: - Add python-xdg.
  • 08.10.19: - Add fonts-wqy-microhei ttf-wqy-zenhei fcitx-rime dependency to resolve issue with Chinese encoding.
  • 04.10.19: - Add libxkbcommon-x11-0 dependency to resolve issue with Calibre 4.
  • 08.08.19: - Add zenity for international character support in dialog boxes.
  • 12.07.19: - Download binary from calibre website instead of github.
  • 29.04.19: - Initial release.