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Running PhotoPrism with Docker

These instructions are for users who don't like Docker Compose for any reason and prefer pure Docker instead. If you are not sure, try using Docker Compose first.

Step 1: Start the server

Open a terminal and run this command after replacing ~/originals with the folder containing your photos:

docker run -d \
  --name photoprism \
  -p 2342:2342 \
  -v ~/originals:/photoprism/originals \

Now open http://localhost:2342/ in a Web browser to see the user interface. The default password is "photoprism".

This is a simplified configuration compared to our Docker Compose example:

  • The import folder is not mounted so that importing is not possible
  • User settings, the thumbnail cache and database files will get stored in originals/.photoprism unless you configure a separate storage path

The default port 2342 and other configuration values can be changed as needed. Adding the :ro flag to a volume mounts it read only.


Your image files won't be deleted, modified or moved. We might later update metadata in XMP sidecar files to sync with Adobe Lightroom. A JPEG representation might be created for RAW, HEIF, TIFF, PNG, BMP and GIF images in order to render thumbnails and display them in a browser. You can enable read-only mode to prevent this completely, but you will also lose the functionality.

Step 2: Index your library

Go to Library in our Web UI to start indexing or importing. Alternatively, you can run this command in a terminal to index all files in your originals folder:

docker exec -ti photoprism photoprism index

The index command will automatically create JPEGs from other file types when needed to display them in a browser. They will be stored in the same folder next to the original using the best possible quality. You can disable this in Settings. Converting is currently not possible in read-only mode.

Photos will become visible one after another. You can watch the indexer working in the terminal, or the logs tab in Library.


photoprism index --all will re-index all originals, including already indexed and unchanged files. This can be useful after updates that add new features.

Step 3: When you're done...

You can stop the server and start it again using the following commands:

docker stop photoprism
docker start photoprism

To remove the container completely:

docker rm -f photoprism