Installing CaPe Server - Docker

This document describes how to install and launch CaPe Server very easily using Docker and Docker-Compose.

All the CaPe Server components will be deployed as Docker containers (based on Tomcat Alpine image and each of paired with a MongoDB container) running in the same Docker network (in order to resolve automatically their hostnames).

Altough this can be accomplished by building and running each container, is recommended to use directly the provided docker-compose.yml file, which allows you to start the whole stack by pulling already built images published on Capesuite Docker Hub repository.

CaPe Server folder provides both DockerFile files (in each subfolder) and the docker-compose file, in order to use both methods.

NOTE. Soon will be provided a deployment.yml file in order to support Kubernets based deployments. The roadmap is to use an API Gateway based approach, as described in the image below.



You must install of course:

Start it up with Docker Compose

Docker Compose allows to run the whole stack and to link each component to the other under the same Docker network.

In order to accomplish this:

  • Move into Cape/cape-server folder

  • Before launching docker-compose.yml, modify it to configure environment variables properly, as described below.


    Run the docker-compose file with:

docker-compose up

The containers will be automatically started and attached to the created cape-network network (see below).


Docker networking

All the Cape Server containers will be attached to the same Docker network and each one will have its own assigned IP and hostname, internal to the network. In particular, the container hostname will be equal to the name given in the “services” section of docker-compose file and each will expose its APIs in the published port given in the "ports" section. Thus, each container can look up the hostname of the others.

You can check the created network (after running "docker-compose up"), where all the containers will be attached to, with:

docker network ls

Once the application was started, you can check IPs assigned to running containers, with:

docker inspect network cape-network.

NOTE. As the network is a bridge, each port exposed by containers (e.g. 8080), will be mapped and also reachable in the machine where Docker was installed. Thus, if the machine is publicly and directly exposed, also these ports will be reachable, unless they were closed.

Configuration through environment variables

IMPORTANT Note.. The properties in each components's file (see WAR packaging installation) are defined following Spring notation property=${ENVVARIABLE_NAME:value}.

Every ENVVARIABLE_NAME defined in environment sections of each container will overwrite the default value defined in the properties file.

As other configuration (see next sections) relies on docker networking lookup, the only environment variables to be modified is:

  • CAPE_IDM_ISSUER_URI: with the JWT Issuer Uri of installed Idm (e.g. https://IDM_HOST/auth/realms/Cape)

Note. This endpoint will be used to verify token issued for the Oauth2 client application cape-server registered during Idm/Keycloak installation (see this section).

Note. Change IDM_HOST with the real hostname where IdM (e.g. Keycloak) has been deployed.

CORS Configuration

If the User Self-Service Dashboard is going to be deployed in a different domain (e.g. http://localhost) than the one of Cape Server components (e.g., modify one of the following environment variable appropriately:


in order to correctly enable CORS requests between the Dashboard and Cape Server APIs.

Inter-component communication variables (keep untouched by default)

Following environment variables let to connect a component container to the others. Values MUST follow corresponding ports configuration on the other containers, by default it is recommended to do not modify them.


  • CAPE_SERVICE_MANAGER_URL: default value http://service-manager:8082/service-manager (as service-manager's ports section in set with 8082:8080)
  • CAPE_AUDITLOG_MANAGER_URL: default value http://auditlog-manager:8081/auditlog-manager (as auditlog-manager ports section in set with 8081:8080)
  • CAPE_SERVICE_REGISTRY_URL: default value http://service-registry:8088/service-registry (as service-registry ports section in set with 8088:8080)
  • CAPE_CONSENT_MANAGER_URL: default value http://consent-manager:8083/consent-manager (as consent-manager ports section in set with 8083:8080)

Following properties will depend on paired MongoDB container configuration (keep untouched by default):


  • CAPE_ACCOUNT_MANAGER_MONGODB_HOST: account-manager-mongo (as paired XXX-mongo container is named as "account-manager-mongo")
  • CAPE_ACCOUNT_MANAGER_MONGODB_PORT: 27017 (as paired XXX-mongo container has ports section set with 27017:27017)
  • CAPE_ACCOUNT_MANAGER_MONGODB_USER: root (as paired XXX-mongo container has MONGO_INITDB_ROOT_USERNAME set with root)
  • CAPE_ACCOUNT_MANAGER_MONGODB_PWD: root (as paired XXX-mongo container has MONGO_INITDB_ROOT_PASSWORD set with root)

Similar approach applies to the other component's containers.

Applying configuration

Once all the environment configurations are done, we can run:

docker-compose up

As a result of this command, Cape Server components will listen on several ports (as defined in each ports section).