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Minisatip is a multi-threaded satip server version 1.2 that runs under Linux and it was tested with DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-C, DVB-C2, ATSC and ISDB-T cards.


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>

Application Setup

Best used in conjunction with tvheadend

There is no setup per se, other than adding your cards for passthrough.

You can then use your cards as DVB inputs in apps such as tvheadend.


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

    container_name: minisatip
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Etc/UTC
      - RUN_OPTS=
      - /path/to/minisatip/config:/config
      - 8875:8875
      - 554:554
      - 1900:1900/udp
      - /dev/dvb:/dev/dvb
    restart: unless-stopped

docker cli (click here for more info)

docker run -d \
  --name=minisatip \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Etc/UTC \
  -e RUN_OPTS= \
  -p 8875:8875 \
  -p 554:554 \
  -p 1900:1900/udp \
  -v /path/to/minisatip/config:/config \
  --device /dev/dvb:/dev/dvb \
  --restart unless-stopped \

Additional runtime parameters

In some cases it might be necessary to start minisatip with additional parameters, for example to configure a unicable LNB. Add the parameters you need and restart the container. Be sure to have the right parameters set as adding the wrong once might lead to the container not starting correctly. For a list of minisatip parameters visit Minisatip page.


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
8875 Status Page WebUI
554 RTSP Port
1900/udp App Discovery

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.
RUN_OPTS= Specify specific run params for minisatip

Volume Mappings (-v)

Volume Function
/config Configuration files and minisatip data

Device Mappings (--device)

Parameter Function
/dev/dvb For passing through Tv-cards

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 minisatip /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    docker logs -f minisatip
  • Container version number:

    docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' minisatip
  • 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 (noted in the relevant, 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 minisatip
  • Update containers:

    • All containers:

      docker-compose up -d
    • Single container:

      docker-compose up -d minisatip
  • 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 minisatip
  • Delete the container:

    docker rm minisatip
  • 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

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-minisatip
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.


  • 30.06.24: - Rebase to Alpine 3.20.
  • 08.12.23: - Rebase to Alpine 3.19, switch to building from releases rather than commits.
  • 26.07.23: - Build with DDCI=1 for Digital Devices CI support.
  • 03.07.23: - Deprecate armhf. As announced here
  • 12.11.22: - Rebasing to alpine 3.137, upgrading to s6v3.
  • 23.01.21: - Rebasing to alpine 3.13.
  • 01.06.20: - Rebasing to alpine 3.12.
  • 19.12.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.11.
  • 28.06.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.10.
  • 23.03.19: - Switching to new Base images, shift to arm32v7 tag.
  • 22.02.19: - Rebasing to alpine 3.9.
  • 20.02.19: - Fix run options.
  • 11.02.19: - Add pipeline logic and multi arch.
  • 28.08.18: - Rebase to Alpine 3.8.
  • 13.12.17: - Rebase to Alpine 3.7.
  • 28.05.17: - Rebase to Alpine 3.6.
  • 08.02.17: - Rebase to Alpine 3.5 and only compile libs in dvb-apps.
  • 14.10.16: - Add version layer information.
  • 18.09.16: - Add support for Common Interface.
  • 11.09.16: - Add layer badges to README.
  • 28.08.16: - Add badges to README.
  • 15.08.16: - Initial Release.