docker-compose example to run an azerothcore platform

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ACore docker-compose


The docker-compose file included in this folder provides an easy way to use the azerothcore images available on docker hub . It means that you will be able to run a clean azerothcore server without installing anything but docker.

NOTE: You can re-use this docker-compose configuration inside another project to test AzerothCore together with another application, for instance an API or a website based on docker-compose.

The original repository with the sources and the workflows to generate the images used by this docker-compose is available here

Do you have any questions? Open an issue here


Getting started

First of all, download or clone this repository. If you want to clone the repo you have to open a terminal and run this command: git clone

To open a terminal inside a specific folder in your operating system check this interesting article

Now run this magic command sequence inside the downloaded folder to have everything up and running (with an interactive worldserver terminal):

docker-compose pull 
docker-compose up ac-db-import
docker-compose up -d ac-authserver
docker-compose run --rm --service-ports ac-worldserver

NOTE: The commands above should not be used if you want to keep your server up and running. Please, follow the steps below to proper setup your environment

Do you need a game client? check this page!

Step by step installation

Pull the latest images

docker-compose pull

This command will pull latest images from the docker hub

Setup the database

docker-compose up ac-db-import

It runs the db-assembler tool to import all needed sql inside the mysql container

Start services

docker-compose up

To startup your authserver and worlserver

CONGRATULATIONS! now you have an up and running AzerothCore. You can already login with a compatible client

NOTE: If you need to run them in background instead you can use the following command:

docker-compose up -d

Access the worlserver console and create an account

With docker-compose up we have an up and running worldserver as well, but you need to access its interactive shell to run commands on the worldserver.

Run the following command to get the ID of the worlserver container:

docker-compose ps

You will see a list of docker services. The worlserver service will have a name that ends with _ac-worldserver_1 Use that name together with the following command:

docker attach <your-service-name>

Now you can use the worlserver console to run azerothcore commands, including the “account create ".

NOTE: you can detach from a container and leave it running using the CTRL-p CTRL-q key sequence.

The list of GM commands is available here

Stop or restart the services

There are several commands to stop or restart the services, depending on your needs:

Update your services with latest images

You just need to combine the following 2 commands:

docker-compose pull
docker-compose up ac-db-import

Dev server (Experimental)

docker-compose up ac-dev-server [-d]

The ac-dev-server is a special container that provides a complete workspace that includes all the sources and dependencies to build your own server. This image is intended to be used together with the VSCode Docker extension

NOTE: This container uses the same mysql instance of the ac-authserver/worldserver, so it’s not suggested to use all the services to avoid issues with the database consistence. However, you can always extends the docker-compose to add a second database instance (read the paragraph below)

NOTE 2: This is an experimental system. For complete support we still suggest to use the docker layer of the azerothcore-wotlk repository.

Customize your server

NOTE: to unlock 100% power of AzerothCore, please use the main repo and compile it by your self!

Despite using the GM commands to operate within the CLI or in game, you have the flexibility to extend/configure your server with the following techniques:

Change your docker configurations with the environment variables

Within the /conf/dist folder you can find a sample of the .env file which you can copy inside the root folder of this project to change certain docker-compose configurations, such as changing the ports of your docker services or the volumes path etc.

Check the comments inside that file to understand how to use those variables.

Extends the default docker-compose

With the combination of the docker-compose.override and the environment variables available to configure the AzerothCore project, you can extend this docker by adding external and shared volumes, change configurations and even add multiple realms.

How to create a second multirealm environment

Check the /conf/dist folder that contains an override file ready to be used to implement a secondary worldserver

Customize your server with the database

The database service available within the docker-compose expose a mysql port that can be accessed by any mysql client However, our docker-compose also provides a pre-configured phpmyadmin container that can be used to access the database.

What you need to do is the following:

  1. docker-compose up phpmyadmin to startup the phpmyadmin container
  2. connect to (unless you changed the port)
  3. insert the db credentials. By default: ac-database (host), root (user), password (password)

You are ready to go!

Check the AzerothCore wiki to learn how to work with the AC database

Customize your server with Lua scripts

The worldserver container included in our docker-compose integrates the Eluna module

You just need to install your lua scripts inside the /scripts/lua folder and you are ready to go!

Check the Eluna documentation to learn how to work with this system

Customize your server with TypeScript

This project also integrates the Eluna-TS system which allows you to create your custom scripts in Typescript!

What you need is just create an “index.ts” within the /scripts/typescript folder and you can directly start by writing your scripts there or creating other files to import.

Inside our docker-compose.yml there’s the ac-eluna-ts-dev service which check changes on /scripts/typescript folder to automatically recompile your TS files into Lua.

Disclaimer: Eluna-TS is based on TypeScriptToLua which is a Typescript limited environment. You cannot use all the Typescript features, check their page for more info.

Extract client data by your self with the ac-dev-tools container

Within your .env file set this variable: DOCKER_CLIENT_DATA_FOLDER= with the absolute path of the “Data” folder of your game client.

Now run this command: docker-compose run –rm ac-dev-tools bash to access the shell of the ac-dev-tools container. Once inside you can run the following commands:

After the extraction (it can take hours) you will find the extracted files inside the /var/extractors folder.

NOTE: On Linux you probably need to change the permissions of the extracted files since they are processed inside the container by the root user. run sudo chmod -R youruser:yourgroup /var/extractors (change youruser:yourgroup accordingly) to get the ownership of those files.