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Docker Compose Installation Instructions

Here is how you can run the orchestrator-core, orchestrator-core-gui, and netbox with Docker Compose. We have this all setup in our docker-compose.yml file so that you don't have to think about how to start the applications required for this workshop! If you want to read more about how to manually install the Workflow Orchestrator, please refer to the beginner workshop here. The following Docker images are used in this workshop:

Step 1 - Prepare environment

Ensure that you have docker and docker compose installed on your system. We won't go into deep details on how to do this as we expect you to have the knowledge to provide a working docker setup for this workshop. To make sure that docker is setup properly, run the following checks:

First, let's make sure that docker is installed:

jlpicard@ncc-1701-d:~$ docker --version
Docker version 23.0.1, build a5ee5b1dfc

In this case, we see that version 23.0.1 is installed, which is plenty new enough for this workshop. Any version of docker later than 19.03.0 should work for this.

Next, let's make sure that we have Docker Compose v2 setup on our machine:

jlpicard@ncc-1701-d:~$ docker compose version
Docker Compose version v2.17.2


If this command does not work and produce a similar output, follow the official Docker guide on installing the Docker Compose v2 plugin.

Step 2 - Start environment

Docker compose will take care of all necessary initialization and startup of the database, orchestrator and GUI:

  1. A postgres container, holding the databases for netbox and the orchestrator
  2. A redis container used by netbox.
  3. A set of containers spun up by netbox.
  4. An orchestrator backend container that runs off
  5. Finally, a GUI frontend container is started.

To start all of this, simply clone the repo:

jlpicard@ncc-1701-d:~$ git clone

and then start the containers!

jlpicard@ncc-1701-d:~$ docker compose up -d

Step 3 - Open a browser

Now point a web browser to http://localhost:3000/ and have a look around. This is a functional orchestrator instance and represents an environment where you can perform the exercises that are part of this workshop.


Once opened in the browser, ignore the message about the CRM not being responsive. This workshop does not include the setup of an interface to a CRM, fake customers IDs will be used instead.

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Resetting Your Environment

To reset the active state of your environment back to scratch, simply use docker compose to delete volumes, like so:

jlpicard@ncc-1701-d:~$ docker compose down -v

You can then restart the containers as described above.

Accessing Netbox

Netbox can be accessed for troubleshooting and verifying that everything you have done in the workflow is working properly by pointing your web browser to http://localhost:8000. From there, you can login with admin/admin.