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Install a lightweight Drupal container with OpenLiteSpeed Edge or Stable version based on Ubuntu 22.04 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 the 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
Open a terminal, cd to the folder in which docker compose.yml is saved, and run:
docker compose up


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


The docker image installs the following packages on your system:

Component Version
Linux Ubuntu 22.04
OpenLiteSpeed Latest version
MariaDB Stable version: 10.5
PHP Latest version
LiteSpeed Cache Latest from litespeedtech
ACME Latest from ACME official
Drupal Latest from Drupal
Drush Latest from Drush
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
├── ols-dockerfiles
│   ├── template
|   └──
├── sites
│   └── localhost
└── 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 Drupal 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/ my_password

Starting a Demo Site

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

bash bin/

Creating a Domain and Virtual Host

bash bin/ [-A, --add]


You can ignore SSL certificate warnings from the server. They happen if you haven't applied the certificate.

Deleting a Domain and Virtual Host

bash bin/ [-D, --del]

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

Installing a Drupal Site

Run the script for your domain, before you use the following command to install Drupal:

./bin/ [-A, --app] drupal [-D, --domain]

Install ACME

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

./bin/ [-I, --install] [-E, --email] EMAIL_ADDR

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/ [-D, --domain]

Other parameters:

  • [-r, --renew]: Renew a specific domain with -D or --domain parameter if posibile. To force renew, use -f parameter.
  • [-R, --renew-all]: Renew all domains if possible. To force renew, use -f parameter.
  • [-f, -F, --force]: Force renew for a specific domain or all domains.
  • [-v, --revoke]: Revoke a domain.
  • [-V, --remove]: Remove a domain.

Update Web Server

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

bash bin/ [-U, --upgrade]

Apply OWASP ModSecurity

Enable OWASP mod_secure on the web server:

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


You can ignore ModSecurity warnings from the server. They happen if some of the rules are not supported by the server.

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. lsphp80-pspell, just extend it with a Dockerfile, like so:

  1. 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-drush:latest
    RUN apt update && apt install lsphp80-pspell -y
  3. Add a build: ./custom line under the image: litespeedtech line of the docker-compose file. So it will looks like this
        image: litespeedtech/openlitespeed-drush:${OLS_VERSION}-${PHP_VERSION}
        build: ./custom
  4. Build and start it with this command:
    docker compose up --build

Additional Support

Community Support

If you've explored our documentation and still have questions, you can find assistance from other LiteSpeed users through our Community Support forums:

Official LiteSpeed Support

To be assisted by a LiteSpeed support technician, you can submit a support ticket from the LiteSpeed website's client area or by emailing


We're happy to provide a level of free support for all LiteSpeed products and offer guidance where documentation may fall short. However, we are unable to offer general sysadmin support or hands-on assistance.

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Last update: October 27, 2023