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Calibre-web is a web app providing a clean interface for browsing, reading and downloading eBooks using an existing Calibre database. It is also possible to integrate google drive and edit metadata and your calibre library through the app itself.

This software is a fork of library and licensed under the GPL v3 License.

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/calibre-web 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=calibre-web \
-e PUID=1000 \
-e PGID=1000 \
-e TZ=Europe/London \
-e DOCKER_MODS=linuxserver/calibre-web:calibre \
-p 8083:8083 \
-v <path to data>:/config \
-v <path to calibre library>:/books \
--restart unless-stopped \


Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas.

version: "2.1"
image: linuxserver/calibre-web
container_name: calibre-web
- PUID=1000
- PGID=1000
- TZ=Europe/London
- DOCKER_MODS=linuxserver/calibre-web:calibre
- <path to data>:/config
- <path to calibre library>:/books
- 8083:8083
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)





Environment Variables (-e)




for UserID - see below for explanation


for GroupID - see below for explanation


Specify a timezone to use EG Europe/London.


#optional & x86-64 only Adds the ability to perform ebook conversion

Volume Mappings (-v)




Where calibre-web stores the internal database and config.


Where your calibre database is locate.

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)

Application Setup

Webui can be found at http://your-ip:8083

On the initial setup screen, enter /books as your calibre library location.

Default admin login: Username: admin Password: admin123

Unrar is included by default and needs to be set in the Calibre-Web admin page (Basic Configuration:External Binaries) with a path of /usr/bin/unrar

x86-64 only We have implemented the optional ability to pull in the dependencies to enable ebook conversion utilising Calibre, this means if you don't require this feature the container isn't uneccessarily bloated but should you require it, it is easily available. This optional layer will be rebuilt automatically on our CI pipeline upon new Calibre releases so you can stay up to date. To use this option add the optional environmental variable as detailed above to pull an addition docker layer to enable ebook conversion and then in the Calibre-Web admin page (Basic Configuration:External Binaries) set the Path to Calibre E-Book Converter to /usr/bin/ebook-convert

This image contains the kepubify ebook conversion tool (MIT License) to convert epub to kepub. In the Calibre-Web admin page (Basic Configuration:External Binaries) set the Path to Kepubify E-Book Converter to /usr/bin/kepubify

To reverse proxy with our Letsencrypt docker container we include a preconfigured reverse proxy config, for other instances of Nginx use the following location block:

location /calibre-web {
proxy_pass http://<your-ip>:8083;
proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
proxy_set_header X-Scheme $scheme;
proxy_set_header X-Script-Name /calibre-web;

Docker Mods

Docker Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) can be accessed via the dynamic badge above.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    • docker exec -it calibre-web /bin/bash

  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    • docker logs -f calibre-web

  • Container version number

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

  • Image version number

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


  • 12.07.20: - Add kepubify for arm64v8

  • 05.06.20: - Add kepubify for x86-64 and arm32v7

  • 06.05.20: - Add libxslt1.1 and update ImageMagick policy

  • 19.01.20: - Adding LDAP libs.

  • 13.10.19: - Migrate to Python3.

  • 01.08.19: - Add libxcomposite1.

  • 13.06.19: - Add docker mod to enable optional ebook conversion on x86-64. Add unrar.

  • 02.06.19: - Rebase to Ubuntu Bionic & add Gdrive support.

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

  • 23.02.19: - Rebase to alpine 3.9, use repo version of imagemagick.

  • 11.02.19: - Add pipeline logic and multi arch.

  • 03.01.19: - Remove guest user from default app.db.

  • 16.08.18: - Rebase to alpine 3.8.

  • 03.07.18: - New build pushed, all versions below 67 have vulnerability.

  • 05.01.18: - Deprecate cpu_core routine lack of scaling.

  • 06.12.17: - Rebase to alpine 3.7.

  • 27.11.17: - Use cpu core counting routine to speed up build time.

  • 24.07.17: - Curl version for imagemagick.

  • 17.07.17: - Initial release.