Install using Docker Compose

This installation is meant for people who want to just try out Open Zaak on their own machine.

A Docker Compose file is available to get the app up and running in minutes. It contains ‘convenience’ settings, which means that no additional configuration is needed to run the app. Therefore, it should not be used for anything other than testing. For example, it includes:

  • A default SECRET_KEY environment variable

  • A predefined database with the environment variable POSTGRES_HOST_AUTH_METHOD=trust. This lets us connect to the database without using a password.

  • Default admin credentials

  • Runs against the latest version of Open Zaak, which may contain bugs.


You will only need Docker tooling and nothing more:

On Windows, we support WSL as a suitable a Linux-environment.

Getting started

  1. Download the project as ZIP-file:

    $ wget -O
    $ unzip
    $ cd open-zaak-main
  2. Start the docker containers with docker-compose. If you want to run the containers in the background, add the -d option to the command below:


    the image build requires Docker BuildKit to be enabled - if this is not the case, you will see permission errors. You enable this by setting two environment variables:

    $ docker-compose up
    [+] Running 5/5
     ⠿ Network open-zaak-main_default    Created      0.0s
     ⠿ Container open-zaak-main-db-1     Created      0.2s
     ⠿ Container open-zaak-main-redis-1  Created      0.2s
     ⠿ Container open-zaak-main-web-1    Created      0.1s
     ⠿ Container open-zaak-main-nginx-1  Created      0.1s
  3. Navigate to and log in with admin / admin credentials.

  4. To stop the containers, press CTRL-C or if you used the -d option:

    $ docker-compose stop
  5. If you want to get newer versions, you need to pull because the docker-compose.yml contains no explicit versions:

    $ docker-compose pull