Atlassian Bitbucket Server

Bitbucket Server is an on-premises source code management solution for Git that's secure, fast, and enterprise grade. Create and manage repositories, set up fine-grained permissions, and collaborate on code - all with the flexibility of your servers.

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This Docker container makes it easy to get an instance of Bitbucket up and running.

We strongly recommend you run this image using a specific version tag instead of latest. This is because the image referenced by the latest tag changes often and we cannot guarantee that it will be backwards compatible.

Quick Start

For the BITBUCKET_HOME directory that is used to store the repository data (amongst other things) we recommend mounting a host directory as a data volume, or via a named volume if using a docker version >= 1.9.

Volume permission is managed by entry scripts. To get started you can use a data volume, or named volumes. In this example we'll use named volumes.

$> docker volume create --name bitbucketVolume
$> docker run -v bitbucketVolume:/var/atlassian/application-data/bitbucket --name="bitbucket" -d -p 7990:7990 -p 7999:7999 atlassian/bitbucket-server

Note that this command can substitute folder paths with named volumes.

Start Atlassian Bitbucket Server:

$> docker run -v /data/bitbucket:/var/atlassian/application-data/bitbucket --name="bitbucket" -d -p 7990:7990 -p 7999:7999 atlassian/bitbucket-server

Success. Bitbucket is now available on http://localhost:7990*

Please ensure your container has the necessary resources allocated to it. We recommend 2GiB of memory allocated to accommodate both the application server and the git processes. See Supported Platforms for further information.

* Note: If you are using docker-machine on Mac OS X, please use open http://$(docker-machine ip default):7990 instead.

Reverse Proxy Settings

If Bitbucket is run behind a reverse proxy server as described here, then you need to specify extra options to make bitbucket aware of the setup. They can be controlled via the below environment variables.

Bitbucket Server 5.0 +

Due to the migration to Spring Boot in 5.0, there are changes to how you set up Bitbucket to run behind a reverse proxy.

In this example, we'll use an environment file. You can also do this via specifying each environment variable via the -e argument in docker run.


SERVER_PROXY_NAME=<Your url here>

Then you run Bitbucket as usual

docker run -v bitbucketVolume:/var/atlassian/application-data/bitbucket --name="bitbucket" -d -p 7990:7990 -p 7999:7999 --env-file=/path/to/env/file/secure-bitbucket.env atlassian/bitbucket-server:5.0

Bitbucket Server < 5.0

To set the reverse proxy arguments, you specify the following as environment variables in the docker run command


The reverse proxy's fully qualified hostname.


The reverse proxy's port number via which bitbucket is accessed.


The protocol via which bitbucket is accessed.

  • CATALINA_CONNECTOR_SECURE (default: false)

Set 'true' if CATALINA_CONNECTOR_SCHEME is 'https'.

JVM Configuration (Bitbucket Server 5.0 + only)

If you need to override Bitbucket Server's default memory configuration or pass additional JVM arguments, use the environment variables below

  • JVM_MINIMUM_MEMORY (default: 512m)

The minimum heap size of the JVM

  • JVM_MAXIMUM_MEMORY (default: 1024m)

The maximum heap size of the JVM


Additional JVM arguments for Bitbucket Server, such as a custom Java Trust Store

Application Mode Settings (Bitbucket Server 5.0 + only)

This docker image can be run as a Smart Mirror or as part of a Data Center cluster. You can specify the following properties to start Bitbucket as a mirror or as a Data Center node:

  • ELASTICSEARCH_ENABLED (default: true)

Set 'false' to prevent Elasticsearch from starting in the container. This should be used if Elasticsearch is running remotely, e.g. for if Bitbucket is running in a Data Center cluster

  • APPLICATION_MODE (default: default)

The mode Bitbucket will run in. This can be set to 'mirror' to start Bitbucket as a Smart Mirror. This will also disable Elasticsearch even if ELASTICSEARCH_ENABLED has not been set to 'false'.


Data Center: Set 'true' to enable Bitbucket to find new Data Center cluster members via multicast. HAZELCAST_NETWORK_TCPIP should not be specified when using this setting.

  • HAZELCAST_NETWORK_TCPIP (default: false)

Data Center: Set 'true' to enable Bitbucket to find new Data Center cluster members via TCPIP. This setting requires HAZELCAST_NETWORK_TCPIP_MEMBERS to be specified. HAZELCAST_NETWORK_MULTICAST should not be specified when using this setting.


Data Center: List of members that Hazelcast nodes should connect to when HAZELCAST_NETWORK_TCPIP is 'true'


Data Center: Specifies the cluster group the instance should join.


Data Center: The password required to join the specified cluster group.

To run Bitbucket as part of a Data Center cluster, create a Docker network and assign the Bitbucket container a static IP.

Note: Docker networks may support multicast, however the below example shows configuration using TCPIP.

$> docker network create --driver bridge --subnet= myBitbucketNetwork
$> docker run --network=myBitbucketNetwork --ip= -e ELASTICSEARCH_ENABLED=false \
    -e HAZELCAST_GROUP_NAME=bitbucket -e HAZELCAST_GROUP_PASSWORD=mysecretpassword \
    -v /data/bitbucket-shared:/var/atlassian/application-data/bitbucket/shared --name="bitbucket" -d -p 7990:7990 -p 7999:7999 atlassian/bitbucket-server

JMX Monitoring (Bitbucket Server 5.0 + only)

Bitbucket Server supports detailed JMX monitoring. To enable and configure JMX, use the environment variables below. For further information on JMX configuration, see Enabling JMX counters for performance monitoring

  • JMX_ENABLED (default: false)

Enable Bitbucket to publish JMX data

  • JMX_REMOTE_AUTH (default: NONE)

Set the authentication to use for remote JMX access. This value is required: anything other than "password" or "ssl" will cause remote JMX access to be disabled

  • JMX_REMOTE_PORT (default: 3333)

The port used to negotiate a JMX connection. Note: this port is only used during the initial authorization, after which a different RMI port used for data transfer

  • JMX_REMOTE_RMI_PORT (default: <random>)

The port used for all subsequent JMX-RMI data transfer. If desired, the RMI data port can be set to the same value as JMX_REMOTE_PORT to allow a single port to be used for both JMX authorization and data transfer


The hostname or IP address that clients will use to connect to the application for JMX monitoring. This must be resolvable by both clients and from the JVM host machine.


The full path to the JMX username/password file used to authenticate remote JMX clients. This is required when JMX_REMOTE_AUTH is set to "password"

$> docker run -e JMX_ENABLED=true -e JMX_REMOTE_AUTH=password -e JMX_REMOTE_RMI_PORT=3333 -e RMI_SERVER_HOSTNAME=bitbucket \
    -e JMX_PASSWORD_FILE=/data/bitbucket:/var/atlassian/application-data/bitbucket/jmx.access \
    -v /data/bitbucket:/var/atlassian/application-data/bitbucket --name="bitbucket" -d -p 7990:7990 -p 7999:7999 -p 3333:3333 atlassian/bitbucket-server


To upgrade to a more recent version of Bitbucket Server you can simply stop the bitbucket container and start a new one based on a more recent image:

$> docker stop bitbucket
$> docker rm bitbucket
$> docker pull atlassian/bitbucket-server:<desired_version>
$> docker run ... (See above)

As your data is stored in the data volume directory on the host it will still be available after the upgrade.

Note: Please make sure that you don't accidentally remove the bitbucket container and its volumes using the -v option.


For evaluations you can use the built-in database that will store its files in the Bitbucket Server home directory. In that case it is sufficient to create a backup archive of the directory on the host that is used as a volume (/data/bitbucket in the example above).

The Bitbucket Server Backup Client is currently not supported in the Docker setup. You can however use the Bitbucket Server DIY Backup approach in case you decided to use an external database.

Read more about data recovery and backups:


The latest tag matches the most recent version of this repository. Thus using atlassian/bitbucket:latest or atlassian/bitbucket will ensure you are running the most up to date version of this image.

However, we strongly recommend that for non-eval workloads you select a specific version in order to prevent breaking changes from impacting your setup. You can use a specific minor version of Bitbucket Server by using a version number tag: atlassian/bitbucket-server:4.14. This will install the latest 4.14.x version that is available.

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