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Musicbrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.

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/musicbrainz 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=musicbrainz \
-e PUID=1000 \
-e PGID=1000 \
-e TZ=Europe/London \
-e BRAINZCODE=<code from musicbrainz> \
-e WEBADDRESS=<ip of host> \
-e NPROC=<parameter> `#optional` \
-p 5000:5000 \
-v </path/to/appdata/config>:/config \
-v </path/to/appdata/config>:/data \
--restart unless-stopped \


Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas.

version: "2"
image: linuxserver/musicbrainz
container_name: musicbrainz
- PUID=1000
- PGID=1000
- TZ=Europe/London
- BRAINZCODE=<code from musicbrainz>
- WEBADDRESS=<ip of host>
- NPROC=<parameter> #optional
- </path/to/appdata/config>:/config
- </path/to/appdata/config>:/data
- 5000:5000
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

BRAINZCODE=<code from musicbrainz>

To enter musicbrainz code. see Setting up the application

WEBADDRESS=<ip of host>

To set ip for host to allow css to render properly, DO NOT ENTER PORT NUMBER.


To set number of proceses, defaults to 5 if unset.

Volume Mappings (-v)




Config files for musicbrainz.


Data files for musicbrainz.

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

  • For all updates you should pull the latest image, clear all files and folders in /config and /data and reinitiate the database import by (re)starting the docker. We do not officially support upgrading this container in place with existing data sets.

  • If you did not set WEBADDRESS env variable, then AFTER iniatilisation is complete you will need to edit the line sub WEB_SERVER { "localhost:5000" } in file /config/ changing localhost to the ip of your host, this is to allow css to display properly

  • You must register here to recieve a musicbrainz code to allow you to recieve database updates, it is free. Get Code here.

  • The initial import and setup of the database can take quite a long time, dependant on your download speed etc, be patient and don't restart the container before it's complete.

  • It appears there are issues with unraid and using /mnt/user/cache/appdata instead of /mnt/cache/appdata, use /mnt/cache/appdata.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    • docker exec -it musicbrainz /bin/bash

  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    • docker logs -f musicbrainz

  • Container version number

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

  • Image version number

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


  • 17.05.19: - Update to schema 25 database.

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

  • 02.03.19: - Revert to alpine 3.8 to fix incompatibilities with frontend build tools.

  • 19.02.19: - Multi Arch and add pipeline logic, rebase to Alpine 3.9

  • 22.08.18: - Bump server version 2018-08-14.

  • 30.06.18: - Bump server version 2018-06-30.

  • 01.06.18: - Bump server version 2018-05-30 , simplify sed and use yarn instead of npm.

  • 14.05.18: - Bump server version 2018-05-09.

  • 26.04.18: - Bump server version 2018-04-23.

  • 09.02.18: - Bump server version 2018-02-09.

  • 24.01.18: - Bump server version 2018-01-24.

  • 10.01.18: - Bump server version 2018-01-10.

  • 31.11.17: - Bump server version 2017-12-21.

  • 30.11.17: - Add NPROC variable to allow number of processes to be set.

  • 30.11.17: - Fix linting recommendations.

  • 30.11.17: - Remove socket on startup if exists (thanks wtf911) re.

  • 24.11.17: - Remove catalyst side bar on new installs.

  • 31.10.17: - Bump server version 2017-10-31.

  • 20.09.17: - Bump server version 2017-09-18.

  • 06.09.17: - Bump server version 2017-09-04.

  • 19.07.17: - Bump server version 2017-07-17.

  • 21.06.17: - Bump server version 2017-06-19.

  • 26.05.17: - Fix later build of postgres using /run instead of /var/run.

  • 26.05.17: - Rebase to alpine 3.6.

  • 15.05.17: - Schema 24 update, recommend full rebuild with new config.

  • 15.04.17: - Bump server version 2017-04-10.

  • 04.04.17: - Bump server version 2017-03-27.

  • 15.03.17: - Bump server version 2017-03-13.

  • 04.03.17: - Bump server version and use nginx to serve web pages.

  • 06.02.17: - Rebase to alpine 3.5.

  • 16.12.16: - Rebase to alpine linux, entailing almost complete rewrite.

  • 14.10.16: - Add version layer information.

  • 30.09.16: - Fix umask.

  • 10.09.16: - Add layer badges to README.

  • 28.08.16: - Add badges to README, move to main repository.

  • 20.07.16: - Restructure of docker file for clarity, add maxworkers variable in conjunction with starlet, for parallel requests in multi-core setups, thanks to user baoshan.

  • 03.06.16: - Complete rewrite due to schema change. Rebased back to 14.04 direct Using S6 overaly.

  • 21.03.16: - Bump to latest server release.

  • 16.03.16: - Bump to latest server release.

  • 26.02.16: - Bump to latest server release.

  • 08.02.16: - Switch to PPA version for redis.

  • 03.01.16: - Remove d/l of sitemaps file, missing from last 2 db dumps, move fetch of db/dump higher up initialise routine to allow easier resume of broken downloads.

  • 15.12.15: - Per latest musicbrainz blog, switched to production branch,latest stable code is now production branch in place of master.

  • 10.12.15: - Initial release date.