Running locally



Regardless of your OS, make sure to run a recent version of Docker (community edition). This was tested with versions 18.03.1 and above. You might need to get installation packages directly from the official Docker website if the one provided by your system package manager is outdated.

docker --version
$ docker version
Docker version 18.03.1-ce, build 9ee9f40

Memory and CPU limits

On macOS and Windows, Docker effectively runs containers inside a VM created by the system hypervisor. Nexus requires at least 2 CPUs and 8 GiB of memory in total. You can increase the limits in Docker settings in the menu Preferences > Advanced.

Initialize Docker Swarm

If you’ve never used Docker Swarm or Docker Stacks before, you first need to create a swarm cluster on your local machine:

docker swarm init
$ docker swarm init
Swarm initialized: current node (***) is now a manager.
To add a worker to this swarm, run the following command:
docker swarm join --token {token}
To add a manager to this swarm, run 'docker swarm join-token manager' and follow the instructions.


Download the Docker Compose template and the Nginx router configuration into a directory of your choice. For instance ~/docker/nexus/.

Starting Nexus

Create a nexus deployment with Docker Stacks:

docker stack deploy nexus --compose-file=docker-compose.yaml
$ cd ~/docker/nexus
$ docker stack deploy nexus --compose-file=docker-compose.yaml
Creating network nexus_default
Creating config nexus_nginx
Creating service nexus_explorer
Creating service nexus_iam
Creating service nexus_elasticsearch
Creating service nexus_kafka
Creating service nexus_blazegraph
Creating service nexus_cassandra
Creating service nexus_kg
Creating service nexus_landing-page
Creating service nexus_router

Wait about one minute and you should be able to open the Nexus landing page locally on the port 80.

Please visit Nexus KG documentation to for more details.

To list running services or access logs, please refer to the Docker stack documentation.

Stopping Nexus

You can stop and delete the entire deployment with:

docker stack rm nexus
$ docker stack rm nexus
Removing service nexus_blazegraph
Removing service nexus_cassandra
Removing service nexus_elasticsearch
Removing service nexus_explorer
Removing service nexus_iam
Removing service nexus_kafka
Removing service nexus_kg
Removing service nexus_landing-page
Removing service nexus_router
Removing config nexus_nginx
Removing network nexus_default

As no data is persisted outside the containers, everyting will be lost once you remove the Nexus deployment. If you’d like help with creating persistent volumes, feel free to contact us on our Gitter channel.

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