How to Install Statamic with Docker

Docker is an open source project that streamlines the deployment of an application (or OS) inside a Linux Container. Any dockerized image can run on any machine that is running Docker. You can run Statamic with Docker and never have to configure PHP, Nginx, Apache, or anything else on your local machine.


Laravel Sail is a light-weight command-line interface for interacting with Laravel's default Docker development environment. Sail provides a great starting point for building Laravel applications without requiring prior Docker experience, and is a perfect fit for Statamic with a few tweaks.

At its heart, Sail is a docker-compose.yml file and script that is stored at the root of your project. The sail script provides a CLI with convenient methods for interacting with the Docker containers defined by the docker-compose.yml file.

Laravel Sail is supported on macOS, Linux, and Windows (via WSL2).

Hot Tip!

Since Sail is the starting point for a new Laravel app, we'll be installing Statamic into a fresh Laravel app.

Installing Docker

If you don't already have Docker installed, head to and download the latest version for your OS.

Installing Laravel

Follow the install instructions for creating a fresh Laravel app from their documentation.

On MacOS, run the following command, changing example-app to anything you want.

curl -s "" | bash

Statamic Docker-Composer File

Unless you plan to get fancy and use MySQL with Statamic (yes, you can do that), replace the default docker-compose.yml file with this one to keep your overhead low.

# For more information:
version: '3'
context: ./vendor/laravel/sail/runtimes/8.2
dockerfile: Dockerfile
image: sail-8.2/app
- 'host.docker.internal:host-gateway'
- '${APP_PORT:-80}:80'
XDEBUG_CONFIG: '${SAIL_XDEBUG_CONFIG:-client_host=host.docker.internal}'
- '.:/var/www/html'
- sail
driver: bridge

Starting and Stopping Sail

Hot Tip!

Before starting Sail, ensure that no other web servers or databases are running on your local computer.

To start all of the Docker containers defined in your site's docker-compose.yml file, execute the up command:

./vendor/bin/sail up

To start all of the Docker containers in the background, start Sail in "detached" mode:

./vendor/bin/sail up -d

Once the application's containers have been started, your project can be accessed in the browser at: http://localhost.

To stop all of the containers, press Control + C. Or if the containers are running in the background, use the stop command:

./vendor/bin/sail stop

Installing Statamic

At this point you're running Laravel without Statamic in it. Time to change that.

You can now follow the steps to install Statamic into Laravel.

Hot Tip!

Keep in mind that commands need to be run inside Sail.

  • Instead of php artisan, run sail artisan
  • Instead of composer require, run sail composer require
  • Instead of php please, run sail artisan statamic

Learn more about Laravel Sail

The Laravel Sail docs cover a lot more of what you can do with Sail. Check them out!

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