DevOps Quick Reference for Containerized XNATs

Access your Containerized XNAT in the browser at one of two addresses:

For XNATs running in Docker-Compose Containers, these commands can be run in a terminal shell directly in the xnat-docker-compose folder for your running XNAT

$ docker-compose up -d

Starts or restarts five containers necessary to run a Dockerized XNAT ML-BETA instance -- "xnat-web" (the web application), "xnat-db" (the PostgreSQL database), "xnat-traefik" (the network config layer), "xnat-activemq" (JMS messaging queue), and "xnat-orthanc" (PACS instance)

$ docker-compose down

Stops all running XNAT containers but does not delete XNAT data, which is stored locally

$ docker-compose down --rmi all

Stops all running XNAT containers AND deletes the associated images, but does not delete XNAT data, which is stored locally

XNAT Application Commands

For XNATs running in Docker-Compose, these commands are run from the xnat-docker-compose folder, not from inside an SSH terminal.

$ docker-compose stop xnat-web

Shuts down your Tomcat instance, which will bring down your running XNAT. Used when installing plugins or making changes to the XNAT application war file itself.

$ docker-compose start xnat-web

Starts your Tomcat instance, which will then attempt to launch the installed XNAT application from its war file.

$ docker-compose logs -f --tail=20 xnat-web

View the live results of the Catalina log as Tomcat starts and runs. Contains useful debugging information when starting or restarting the XNAT application.

$ docker-compose exec xnat-web bash

Opens a limited SSH connection to the XNAT webapp in Docker. (Note: does not support sudo)

Useful File System Paths

Note: Docker-Compose gives you local mounts to core XNAT files on your local file system. Each of these paths is relative to the location of your xnat-docker-compose directory. The relevant part of the docker-compose.yml file that maps local resources to resources inside the container is:

      - ./xnat-data/archive:/data/xnat/archive
      - ./xnat-data/build:/data/xnat/build
      - ./xnat-data/config:/data/xnat/home/config
      - ./xnat-data/logs:/data/xnat/home/logs
      - ./xnat-data/plugins:/data/xnat/home/plugins
      - ./xnat-data/webapps:/usr/local/tomcat/webapps
      - ./xnat-data/tomcat:/usr/local/tomcat/logs
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock

Specific resources are described below.


"XNAT Home". When you SSH into XNAT, this is your user's "~" home folder.


Installation location for XNAT Pipeline JAR files.


Location of all XNAT-generated log files.

# /usr/local/tomcat/webapps

Location of your running XNAT application, accessible after opening a bash console to your xnat-web container. This will contain a directory that contains the exploded contents of the running war file. Most changes here require a Tomcat restart to take effect.