Local Docker Deployment

This installation doc will help you start a OpenMetadata standalone instance on your local machine.

If you'd rather see the steps in a guided tutorial, we've got you covered! Otherwise, feel free to read the content below 👇

Please ensure your host system meets the requirements listed below. Then continue to the Procedure for installing OpenMetadata.

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Create a new directory for OpenMetadata and navigate into that directory.

mkdir openmetadata-docker && cd openmetadata-docker

Create a virtual environment to avoid conflicts with other Python environments on your host system. A virtual environment is a self-contained directory tree that contains a Python installation for a particular version of Python, plus a number of additional packages.

In a later step you will install the openmetadata-ingestion Python module and its dependencies in this virtual environment.

python3 -m venv env
source env/bin/activate
pip3 install --upgrade pip setuptools
pip3 install --upgrade "openmetadata-ingestion[docker]"
metadata docker --help

After running the command above, you should see output similar to the following.

❯ metadata docker --help
Usage: metadata docker [OPTIONS]

  Checks Docker Memory Allocation Run Latest Release Docker - metadata docker
  --start Run Local Docker - metadata docker --start -f path/to/docker-

  --start                         Start release docker containers
  --stop                          Stops openmetadata docker containers
  --pause                         Pause openmetadata docker containers
  --resume                        Resume/Unpause openmetadata docker
  --clean                         Stops and remove openmetadata docker
                                  containers along with images, volumes,
                                  networks associated
  -f, --file-path FILE            Path to Local docker-compose.yml
  -env-file, --env-file-path FILE
                                  Path to env file containing the environment
  --reset-db                      Reset OpenMetadata Data
  --ingest-sample-data            Enable the sample metadata ingestion
  --help                          Show this message and exit.
metadata docker --start

This will create a docker network and four containers for the following services:

  • MySQL to store the metadata catalog
  • Elasticsearch to maintain the metadata index which enables you to search the catalog
  • Apache Airflow which OpenMetadata uses for metadata ingestion
  • The OpenMetadata UI and API server

After starting the Docker containers, you should see an output similar to the following.

[2021-11-18 15:53:52,532] INFO     {metadata.cmd:202} - Running Latest Release Docker
[+] Running 5/5
 ⠿ Network tmp_app_net                  Created                                                                                        0.3s
 ⠿ Container tmp_mysql_1                Started                                                                                       1.0s
 ⠿ Container tmp_elasticsearch_1        Started                                                                                       1.0s
 ⠿ Container tmp_ingestion_1            Started                                                                                       2.1s
 ⠿ Container tmp_openmetadata-server_1  Started                                                                                       2.2s
[2021-11-18 15:53:55,876] INFO     {metadata.cmd:212} - Time took to get containers running: 0:00:03.124889

After starting the containers, metadata will launch Airflow tasks to ingest sample metadata and usage data for you to experiment with. This might take several minutes, depending on your system.


  • metadata docker --stop will stop the Docker containers.
  • metadata docker --clean will clean/prune the containers, volumes, and networks. You will need to run this if you are updating the OpenMetadata version. Note that it will get rid of the data. If you want to keep it, you will need to Backup your data.

Running with Postgres

From 0.12, OpenMetadata also supports Postgres local deployment out of the box!

You just need to run:

metadata docker --start -db postgres

Note that the option -db postgres needs to be passed to the other commands as well to locate the proper compose file.

˚ Once metadata ingestion has finished and the OpenMetadata UI is ready for use, you will see output similar to the following.

✅  OpenMetadata is up and running

Open http://localhost:8585 in your browser to access OpenMetadata..

To checkout Ingestion via Airflow, go to http://localhost:8080
(username: admin, password: admin)

We are available on Slack , https://slack.open-metadata.org/ . Reach out to us if you have any questions.

If you like what we are doing, please consider giving us a star on github at https://github.com/open-metadata/OpenMetadata.
It helps OpenMetadata reach wider audience and helps our community.


The metadata CLI is very useful for quickly testing when getting started or wanting to try out a new release.

If you had already set up a release and are trying to test a new one, you might need to run metadata docker --clean to clean up the whole environment and pick up the new ingredients from a fresh start.


OpenMetadata ships with an Airflow container to run the ingestion workflows that have been deployed via the UI.

In the Airflow, you will also see some sample DAGs that will ingest sample data and serve as an example.

You can access Airflow at http://localhost:8080. Use the following credentials to log in to Airflow.

  • Username: admin
  • Password: admin

Please follow our Enable Security Guide to configure security for your OpenMetadata installation.

If you want to persist your data, prepare Named Volumes for the containers.

  1. Visit the Features overview page and explore the OpenMetadata UI.
  2. Visit the Connectors documentation to see what services you can integrate with OpenMetadata.
  3. Visit the API documentation and explore the rich set of OpenMetadata APIs.

If you are getting an error such as "compose" is not a docker command, you might need to revisit the installation steps above to make sure that Docker Compose is properly added to your system.

Are you having trouble starting the containers with the metadata CLI? While that process is recommended, you can always run docker compose manually after picking up the latest docker-compose.yml file from the release:

mkdir openmetadata && cd "$_"
wget https://github.com/open-metadata/OpenMetadata/releases/download/{version}-release/docker-compose.yml
docker compose up -d

This snippet will create a directory named openmetadata and download the docker-compose.yml file automatically. Afterwards, it will start the containers. If instead you want to download the file manually to another location, you can do so from the Releases page.

This will start all the necessary components locally. You can validate that all containers are up and running with docker ps.

❯ docker ps
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                                                  COMMAND                  CREATED          STATUS                    PORTS                                                            NAMES
470cc8149826   openmetadata/server:0.11.0                             "./openmetadata-star…"   45 seconds ago   Up 43 seconds             3306/tcp, 9200/tcp, 9300/tcp,>8585-8586/tcp   openmetadata_server
63578aacbff5   openmetadata/ingestion:0.11.0                          "./ingestion_depende…"   45 seconds ago   Up 43 seconds   >8080/tcp                                           openmetadata_ingestion
9f5ee8334f4b   docker.elastic.co/elasticsearch/elasticsearch:7.10.2   "/tini -- /usr/local…"   45 seconds ago   Up 44 seconds   >9200/tcp,>9300/tcp                   openmetadata_elasticsearch
08947ab3424b   openmetadata/db:0.11.0                                 "/entrypoint.sh mysq…"   45 seconds ago   Up 44 seconds (healthy)   3306/tcp, 33060-33061/tcp                                        openmetadata_mysql

In a few seconds, you should be able to access the OpenMetadata UI at http://localhost:8585:

You might see something like:

The docker command executed was `/usr/local/bin/docker compose --file /var/folders/bl/rm5dhdf127ngm4rr40hvhbq40000gn/T/docker-compose.yml --project-name openmetadata up --detach`.
It returned with code 1
The content of stdout can be found above the stacktrace (it wasn't captured).
The content of stderr is 'Network openmetadata_app_net  Creating
Network openmetadata_app_net  Error
failed to create network openmetadata_app_net: Error response from daemon: Pool overlaps with other one on this address space

A common solution is to run docker network prune:

WARNING! This will remove all custom networks not used by at least one container.

So be careful if you want to keep up some (unused) networks from your laptop.

Do you want to connect to a container from the host Refer

If you're running the metadata docker --start after updating the openmetadata-ingestion package to a newer OpenMetadata release, you might encounter issues. For example, java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.openmetadata.service.security.NoopAuthorizer when updating from 0.11.

Then, you'll need to first run metadata docker --clean. It will clean/prune the containers, volumes, and networks, and download the newest docker compose file from the release. Note that this will get rid of the data. If you want to keep it, you will need to Backup your data. This command is required after each time you want to update your quickstart deployment of OpenMetadata with a new release to pick up the new compose file.

Still have questions?

You can take a look at our Q&A or reach out to us in Slack

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