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Creating a standalone instance of Eclipse Kapua using Docker containers

Today I start with taking a deeper look at Eclipse Kapua. It is a modular IoT cloud platform to manage and integrate devices and their data.

My goal for the next weeks will be to demonstrate a multi-tenant capable installation of Eclipse Kapua on OpenShift, connecting several IoT devices and gateways to it.

As a first step, I will setup Kapua as a standalone application using pre-built docker containers.

Then I will use a raspberry pi running Eclipse Kura to connect to Kapua and send test data.

Next steps will be the port to OpenShift making use of persistent storage and scalability. And connecting sensors to the raspberry pi gateways to send  some useful data.

Setting up Kapua if you have a running docker service is fairly easy:

You need to have a 64bit architecture, Docker version > 1.2, roughly 8 GB of free RAM and access to the internet to fetch the pre-built containers from docker hub.

docker run -td --name kapua-sql -p 8181:8181 \
    -p 3306:3306 kapua/kapua-sql:0.3.2
docker run -td --name kapua-elasticsearch \
    -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300 elasticsearch:5.4.0 \ \
   -Ediscovery.type=single-node \ \
   -Etransport.ping_schedule=-1 \
docker run -td --name kapua-broker --link kapua-sql:db \
    --link kapua-elasticsearch:es \
   --env commons.db.schema.update=true \
   -p 1883:1883 -p 61614:61614 kapua/kapua-broker:0.3.2
docker run -td --name kapua-console --link kapua-sql:db \
    --link kapua-broker:broker \
   --link kapua-elasticsearch:es \
   --env commons.db.schema.update=true \
   -p 8080:8080 kapua/kapua-console:0.3.2
docker run -td --name kapua-api --link kapua-sql:db \
    --link kapua-broker:broker \
   --link kapua-elasticsearch:es \
   --env commons.db.schema.update=true \
   -p 8081:8080 kapua/kapua-api:0.3.2

Each line will then fetch the container and start them.

In order to make the service accessible, I also add some firewall rules on my docker host:

firewall-cmd --add-port 8080/tcp
firewall-cmd --add-port 8081/tcp
firewall-cmd --add-port 1883/tcp

Thats all. Now you can acces the Kapua Web GUI on


Screenshot of Eclipse Kapua Web UI

The default credentials are:

Username: kapua-sys

Password: kapua-password

Additionally there is a message broker running at

Username: kapua-broker

Password: kapua-password

And a RESTful API under

Username: kapua-sys

Password: kapua-password

That really was easy. Lets see what we can do with it. Stay tuned for the next part: Installing Eclipse Kura on a Raspberry Pi.

By Ingo Boernig

I am totally committed to the open source software ideas and principles. Throughout my career I always worked on integrating and extending Open Source solutions in the enterprise market.

I work at Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source software solutions. I'm part of the Solution Architect team, responsible for the logistics, retail, travel and energy industry in Germany.

Before joining Red Hat in 2014 I worked in the services unit of IBM, integrating enterprise open source solutions in large organizations and worked on an open source enterprise architecture.

I started my professional career at SUSE in 1999 where the enterprise open source movement kicked off.

I have a diploma in theoretical physics and got exposed to Linux and Open Source software in the mid-nineties at university.

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