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This guide will explain how to install a PrestaShop Docker container with LiteSpeed Web Server (LSWS) Enterprise, 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. Take a look at the Docker hub Tag page to update default LSWS and PHP versions.


Clone this repository, or copy the files from it 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 container that simply has LiteSpeed Web Server alone (no PrestaShop), please see the usage method here.


The Docker image installs the following packages on your system:

Component Version
Linux Ubuntu 22.04
LiteSpeed Web Server Latest stable version
MariaDB Stable version: 10.5
PHP Latest PrestaShop-supported version
ACME Latest from ACME official
LSCache Module for PrestaShop 1.4.0
phpMyAdmin Latest from Docker Hub

Data Structure

This is the structure of the cloned project:

├── acme
├── bin
│   └── container
├── data
│   └── db
├── logs
│   ├── access.log
│   ├── error.log
│   ├── lsrestart.log
│   └── stderr.log
├── lsws
│   ├── admin-conf
│   └── conf
├── 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 PrestaShop 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.


The container will auto-apply a 15-day trial license. Please contact LiteSpeed to extend the trial, or apply an existing license. New licenses start at $0.

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 WedAdmin Console password right away.

bash bin/ my_password

Starting a Demo Site

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

bash bin/ -P

Creating a Domain and Virtual Host

bash bin/ [-A, --add]


You can ignore SSL certificate warnings from the server. These occur if you haven't applied the certificate yet.

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 you can specify your own values. 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 PrestaShop Site

To preconfigure PrestaShop, run the script for your domain

Then, you can use the following command to install PrestaShop:

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

Enable PrestaShop LSCache Module

The LSCache module is installed and is enabled by default. If you find it is not enabled, you may do so in LiteSpeed Cache > Settings. Set Enable LiteSpeed Cache to Yes.

Installing ACME

You 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]

Updating Web Server

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

bash bin/ [-U, --upgrade]

Applying 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. These occur if some of the rules are not supported by the server.

Applying a License to LSWS

Apply your license with command:

bash bin/ [-S, --serial] YOUR_SERIAL
Apply trial license to server with command:
bash bin/ [-S, --serial] TRIAL

Accessing the Database

After installation, you can use phpMinAdmin 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. Create a custom folder and a custom/Dockerfile file under the main project. 2. Add the following example code to custom/Dockerfile:

FROM litespeedtech/litespeed:latest
RUN apt update && apt install lsphp74-pspell
3. Add build: ./custom directly under image: litespeedtech in docker-composefile, like so:
    image: litespeedtech/litespeed:${LSWS_VERSION}-${PHP_VERSION}
    build: ./custom
4. Build and start with this command:
docker compose up --build


How do I Configure MTU with Docker?

A common problem when operating dockers within a virtualization infrastructure is that the network cards provided to virtual machines do not have the default MTU of 1500. If the outgoing interface has an MTU smaller than 1500, please consider applying the following rules to docker-compose.yml. This will avoid the package getting trimmed.

    driver: bridge                       
    driver_opts:                       1400

Be sure to substitute the MTU number 1400 with your own docker outgoing interface MTU size.

How do I Add a Bind Mount for php.ini?


We are using lsphp80 in this example, but you can replace that with your own preferred PHP version.

Move or copy php.ini out of the LiteSpeed folder by running the following command from the host:

docker-compose exec litespeed su -c 'mv /usr/local/lsws/lsphp80/etc/php/8.0/litespeed/php.ini /usr/local/lsws/conf'

Edit docker-compose.yml and add the php.ini bind mount by inserting this line under litespeed > volumes:

- ./lsphp80:/usr/local/lsws/lsphp80/etc/php/8.0/litespeed

The updated section should look like this:

    image: litespeedtech/openlitespeed:${OLS_VERSION}-${PHP_VERSION}
      - .env
        - ./lsws/conf:/usr/local/lsws/conf
        - ./lsphp80:/usr/local/lsws/lsphp80/etc/php/8.0/litespeed

Move or copy php.ini back to its original location:

docker-compose exec litespeed su -c 'mv /usr/local/lsws/conf/php.ini /usr/local/lsws/lsphp80/etc/php/8.0/litespeed/php.ini'

Change the host directory permission:

sudo chown -R root:root lsphp80

Is Podman Compatible With the Solution?

Yes, overall Podman and Docker are compatible with each other.

Once you have the podman-docker and the podman-compose packages installed, start the Podman systemd socket-activated service using the following command:

systemctl start podman.socket

You can now use Podman with Compose.

Last update: February 9, 2024