Smokeping keeps track of your network latency. For a full example of what this application is capable of visit UCDavis.

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

  • Once running the URL will be http://<host-ip>/smokeping/smokeping.cgi. For example a full URL might look like
  • Basics are, edit the Targets file to ping the hosts you're interested in to match the format found there.
  • Wait 10 minutes.


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: smokeping
- PUID=1000
- PGID=1000
- TZ=Etc/UTC
- /path/to/smokeping/config:/config
- /path/to/smokeping/data:/data
- 80:80
restart: unless-stopped
docker run -d \
--name=smokeping \
-e PUID=1000 \
-e PGID=1000 \
-e TZ=Etc/UTC \
-p 80:80 \
-v /path/to/smokeping/config:/config \
-v /path/to/smokeping/data:/data \
--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)

Allows HTTP access to the internal webserver.

Environment Variables (-e)

for UserID - see below for explanation
for GroupID - see below for explanation
specify a timezone to use, see this list.

Volume Mappings (-v)

Configure the Targets file here
Storage location for db and application data (graphs etc)

Miscellaneous Options

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


  • 23.07.23: - Add Authen::TacacsPlus for Tacacs+ support.
  • 16.05.23: - Add perl-authen-radius for Radius support.
  • 16.05.23: - Rebase to Alpine 3.18. Deprecate armhf.
  • 11.05.23: - Add perl-lwp-protocol-https for master/slave support over https.
  • 22.01.23: - Revert to using Apache due to latency issues with nginx and fcgiwrap.
  • 12.12.22: - Rebase to Alpine 3.17, migrate to s6v3, switch to nginx and fcgiwrap.
  • 29.03.21: - Dockerfile: Install curl before we call it
  • 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.
  • 14.11.18: - Allow access without /smokeping in URL.
  • 28.04.18: - Rebase to alpine 3.8.
  • 09.04.18: - Add bc package.
  • 08.04.18: - Add tccping script and tcptraceroute package (thanks rcarmo).
  • 13.12.17: - Expose httpd_conf to /config.
  • 13.12.17: - Rebase to alpine 3.7.
  • 24.07.17: - Add :unraid tag for hosts without ipv6.
  • 12.07.17: - Add inspect commands to README, move to jenkins build and push.
  • 28.05.17: - Rebase to alpine 3.6.
  • 07.05.17: - Expose smokeping.conf in /config/site-confs to allow user customisations
  • 12.04.17: - Fix cropper.js path, thanks nibbledeez.
  • 09.02.17: - Rebase to alpine 3.5.
  • 17.10.16: - Add ttf-dejavu package as per LT forum.
  • 10.09.16: - Add layer badges to README.
  • 05.09.16: - Add curl package.
  • 28.08.16: - Add badges to README.
  • 25.07.16: - Rebase to alpine linux.
  • 23.07.16: - Fix apt script confusion.
  • 29.06.15: - This is the first release, it is mostly stable, but may contain minor defects. (thus a beta tag)