How to install Portainer using Docker Compose

What is Portainer?

Portainer is a tool that simplifies the management and maintenance of Docker’s containers. It helps you to speed up deployments, simplifies migrations and allows monitoring and solving problems in a fast and intuitive way. It is controlled through a web interface and looks similar to the following:

Portainer Screenshots


Portainer’s Control Panel

App Templates

Portainer’s Application Templates


Portainer’s Container List

Previous Requisites

Installing Portainer

To install Portainer in our system, we will create a Docker container using Docker Compose. In order to do that we will first create a file called docker-compose.yml with container’s definition, and then we will execute it in our system.

mkdir -p docker/portainer
cd docker/portainer
nano docker-compose.yml

Inside file docker-compose.yml we add the next content:

version: '3'

    image: portainer/portainer-ce:latest
    container_name: portainer
    restart: unless-stopped
      - no-new-privileges:true
      - /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro
      - ./portainer-data:/data
      - 9000:9000

We save the information pressing Ctrl+X, y, ENTER.

We execute the container using Docker Compose:

docker-compose up -d

We open a web browser and access Portainer’s service we are running in Docker:


We create administrator user credentials filling in the form:

At last, we connect Portainer to local Docker instance:

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