Install a lightweight WordPress container with OpenLiteSpeed Edge or Stable version on Ubuntu 18.04 Linux.


  1. Install Docker
  2. Install Docker Compose


Edit the .env file to update the demo site domain, default MySQL user, and password. Feel free to check Docker hub Tag page if you want to update default openlitespeed and php versions.


Clone this repository or copy the files from this repository into a new folder:

git clone https://github.com/litespeedtech/ols-docker-env.git
Open a terminal, cd to the folder in which docker-compose.yml is saved, and run:
docker-compose up

Note: If you wish to run a single web server container, please see the usage method here.


The docker image installs the following packages on your system:

Component Version
Linux Ubuntu 18.04
OpenLiteSpeed Latest version
MariaDB Stable version: 10.3
PHP Latest version
LiteSpeed Cache Latest from WordPress.org
ACME Latest from ACME official
WordPress Latest from WordPress
phpMyAdmin Latest from dockerhub

Data Structure

Cloned project

├── acme
├── bin
│   └── container
├── data
│   └── db
├── logs
│   ├── access.log
│   ├── error.log
│   ├── lsrestart.log
│   └── stderr.log
├── lsws
│   ├── admin-conf
│   └── conf
├── sites
│   └── localhost
├── README.md
└── docker-compose.yml

  • acme contains all applied certificates from Lets Encrypt

  • bin contains multiple CLI scripts to allow you add or delete virtual hosts, install applications, upgrade, etc

  • data stores the MySQL database

  • logs contains all of the web server logs and virtual host access logs

  • lsws contains all web server configuration files

  • sites contains the document roots (the WordPress application will install here)


Starting a Container

Start the container with the up or start methods:

docker-compose up
You can run with daemon mode, like so:
docker-compose up -d
The container is now built and running.

Stopping a Container

docker-compose stop

Removing Containers

To stop and remove all containers, use the down command:

docker-compose down

Setting the WebAdmin Password

We strongly recommend you set your personal password right away.

bash bin/webadmin.sh my_password

Starting a Demo Site

After running the following command, you should be able to access the WordPress installation with the configured domain. By default the domain is http://localhost.

bash bin/demosite.sh

Creating a Domain and Virtual Host

bash bin/domain.sh [-A, --add] example.com

Deleting a Domain and Virtual Host

bash bin/domain.sh [-D, --del] example.com

Creating a Database

You can either automatically generate the user, password, and database names, or specify them. Use the following to auto generate:

bash bin/database.sh [-D, --domain] example.com
Use this command to specify your own names, substituting user_name, my_password, and database_name with your preferred values:
bash bin/database.sh [-D, --domain] example.com [-U, --user] USER_NAME [-P, --password] MY_PASS [-DB, --database] DATABASE_NAME

Installing a WordPress Site

To preconfigure the wp-config file, run the database.sh script for your domain, before you use the following command to install WordPress:

./bin/appinstall.sh [-A, --app] wordpress [-D, --domain] example.com

Install ACME

We need to run the ACME installation command the first time only. With email notification:

./bin/acme.sh [-I, --install] [-E, --email] EMAIL_ADDR
Without email notification:
./bin/acme.sh [-I, --install] [-NE, --no-email]

Applying a Let's Encrypt Certificate

Use the root domain in this command, and it will check for a certificate and automatically apply one with and without www:

./bin/acme.sh [-D, --domain] example.com

Update Web Server

To upgrade the web server to latest stable version, run the following:

bash bin/webadmin.sh [-U, --upgrade]

Apply OWASP ModSecurity

Enable OWASP mod_secure on the web server:

bash bin/webadmin.sh [-M, --mod-secure] enable
Disable OWASP mod_secure on the web server:
bash bin/webadmin.sh [-M, --mod-secure] disable

Accessing the Database

After installation, you can use phpMyAdmin to access the database by visiting or The default username is root, and the password is the same as the one you supplied in the .env file.


If you want to customize the image by adding some packages, e.g. lsphp74-pspell, just extend it with a Dockerfile. 1. We can create a custom folder and a custom/Dockerfile file under the main project. 2. Add the following example code to Dockerfile under the custom folder

FROM litespeedtech/openlitespeed:latest
RUN apt-get update && apt-get install lsphp74-pspell
3. Add build: ./custom line under the "image: litespeedtech" of docker-composefile. So it will looks like this
    image: litespeedtech/openlitespeed:${OLS_VERSION}-${PHP_VERSION}
    build: ./custom
4. Build and start it with command:
docker-compose up --build