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Using Freqtrade with Docker

Install Docker

Start by downloading and installing Docker CE for your platform:

Optionally, docker-compose should be installed and available to follow the docker quick start guide.

Once you have Docker installed, simply prepare the config file (e.g. config.json) and run the image for freqtrade as explained below.

Freqtrade with docker-compose

Freqtrade provides an official Docker image on Dockerhub, as well as a docker-compose file ready for usage.


The following section assumes that docker and docker-compose is installed and available to the logged in user.


All below comands use relative directories and will have to be executed from the directory containing the docker-compose.yml file.

Docker on Raspberry

If you're running freqtrade on a Raspberry PI, you must change the image from freqtradeorg/freqtrade:master to freqtradeorg/freqtrade:master_pi or freqtradeorg/freqtrade:develop_pi, otherwise the image will not work.

Docker quick start

Create a new directory and place the docker-compose file in this directory.

mkdir ft_userdata
cd ft_userdata/
# Download the docker-compose file from the repository
curl -o docker-compose.yml

# Pull the freqtrade image
docker-compose pull

# Create user directory structure
docker-compose run --rm freqtrade create-userdir --userdir user_data

# Create configuration - Requires answering interactive questions
docker-compose run --rm freqtrade new-config --config user_data/config.json

The above snippet creates a new directory called "ft_userdata", downloads the latest compose file and pulls the freqtrade image. The last 2 steps in the snippet create the directory with user-data, as well as (interactively) the default configuration based on your selections.


You can edit the configuration at any time, which is available as user_data/config.json (within the directory ft_userdata) when using the above configuration.

Adding your strategy

The configuration is now available as user_data/config.json. You should now copy your strategy to user_data/strategies/ - and add the Strategy class name to the docker-compose.yml file, replacing SampleStrategy. If you wish to run the bot with the SampleStrategy, just leave it as it is.


The SampleStrategy is there for your reference and give you ideas for your own strategy. Please always backtest the strategy and use dry-run for some time before risking real money!

Once this is done, you're ready to launch the bot in trading mode (Dry-run or Live-trading, depending on your answer to the corresponding question you made above).

docker-compose up -d

Docker-compose logs

Logs will be written to user_data/logs/freqtrade.log. Alternatively, you can check the latest logs using docker-compose logs -f.


The database will be in the user_data directory as well, and will be called user_data/tradesv3.sqlite.

Updating freqtrade with docker-compose

To update freqtrade when using docker-compose is as simple as running the following 2 commands:

# Download the latest image
docker-compose pull
# Restart the image
docker-compose up -d

This will first pull the latest image, and will then restart the container with the just pulled version.


You should always check the changelog for breaking changes / manual interventions required and make sure the bot starts correctly after the update.

Going from here

Advanced users may edit the docker-compose file further to include all possible options or arguments.

All possible freqtrade arguments will be available by running docker-compose run --rm freqtrade <command> <optional arguments>.

docker-compose run --rm

Including --rm will clean up the container after completion, and is highly recommended for all modes except trading mode (running with freqtrade trade command).

Example: Download data with docker-compose

Download backtesting data for 5 days for the pair ETH/BTC and 1h timeframe from Binance. The data will be stored in the directory user_data/data/ on the host.

docker-compose run --rm freqtrade download-data --pairs ETH/BTC --exchange binance --days 5 -t 1h

Head over to the Data Downloading Documentation for more details on downloading data.

Example: Backtest with docker-compose

Run backtesting in docker-containers for SampleStrategy and specified timerange of historical data, on 5m timeframe:

docker-compose run --rm freqtrade backtesting --config user_data/config.json --strategy SampleStrategy --timerange 20190801-20191001 -i 5m

Head over to the Backtesting Documentation to learn more.

Additional dependencies with docker-compose

If your strategy requires dependencies not included in the default image (like technical) - it will be necessary to build the image on your host. For this, please create a Dockerfile containing installation steps for the additional dependencies (have a look at Dockerfile.technical for an example).

You'll then also need to modify the docker-compose.yml file and uncomment the build step, as well as rename the image to avoid naming collisions.

    image: freqtrade_custom
      context: .
      dockerfile: "./Dockerfile.<yourextension>"

You can then run docker-compose build to build the docker image, and run it using the commands described above.

Freqtrade with docker without docker-compose


The below documentation is provided for completeness and assumes that you are somewhat familiar with running docker containers. If you're just starting out with docker, we recommend to follow the Freqtrade with docker-compose instructions.

Download the official Freqtrade docker image

Pull the image from docker hub.

Branches / tags available can be checked out on Dockerhub tags page.

docker pull freqtradeorg/freqtrade:develop
# Optionally tag the repository so the run-commands remain shorter
docker tag freqtradeorg/freqtrade:develop freqtrade

To update the image, simply run the above commands again and restart your running container.

Should you require additional libraries, please build the image yourself.

Docker image update frequency

The official docker images with tags master, develop and latest are automatically rebuild once a week to keep the base image uptodate. In addition to that, every merge to develop will trigger a rebuild for develop and latest.

Prepare the configuration files

Even though you will use docker, you'll still need some files from the github repository.

Clone the git repository

Linux/Mac/Windows with WSL

git clone

Windows with docker

git clone --config core.autocrlf=input

Copy config.json.example to config.json

cd freqtrade
cp -n config.json.example config.json

To understand the configuration options, please refer to the Bot Configuration page.

Create your database file


touch tradesv3.sqlite


touch tradesv3.dryrun.sqlite


Make sure to use the path to this file when starting the bot in docker.

Build your own Docker image

Best start by pulling the official docker image from dockerhub as explained here to speed up building.

To add additional libraries to your docker image, best check out Dockerfile.technical which adds the technical module to the image.

docker build -t freqtrade -f Dockerfile.technical .

If you are developing using Docker, use Dockerfile.develop to build a dev Docker image, which will also set up develop dependencies:

docker build -f Dockerfile.develop -t freqtrade-dev .


For security reasons, your configuration file will not be included in the image, you will need to bind mount it. It is also advised to bind mount an SQLite database file (see the "5. Run a restartable docker image" section) to keep it between updates.

Verify the Docker image

After the build process you can verify that the image was created with:

docker images

The output should contain the freqtrade image.

Run the Docker image

You can run a one-off container that is immediately deleted upon exiting with the following command (config.json must be in the current working directory):

docker run --rm -v `pwd`/config.json:/freqtrade/config.json -it freqtrade


In this example, the database will be created inside the docker instance and will be lost when you will refresh your image.

Adjust timezone

By default, the container will use UTC timezone. Should you find this irritating please add the following to your docker commands:

-v /etc/timezone:/etc/timezone:ro

# Complete command:
docker run --rm -v /etc/timezone:/etc/timezone:ro -v `pwd`/config.json:/freqtrade/config.json -it freqtrade

There is known issue in OSX Docker versions after 17.09.1, whereby /etc/localtime cannot be shared causing Docker to not start. A work-around for this is to start with the following cmd.

docker run --rm -e TZ=`ls -la /etc/localtime | cut -d/ -f8-9` -v `pwd`/config.json:/freqtrade/config.json -it freqtrade

More information on this docker issue and work-around can be read here.

Run a restartable docker image

To run a restartable instance in the background (feel free to place your configuration and database files wherever it feels comfortable on your filesystem).

Move your config file and database

The following will assume that you place your configuration / database files to ~/.freqtrade, which is a hidden directory in your home directory. Feel free to use a different directory and replace the directory in the upcomming commands.

mkdir ~/.freqtrade
mv config.json ~/.freqtrade
mv tradesv3.sqlite ~/.freqtrade

Run the docker image

docker run -d \
  --name freqtrade \
  -v ~/.freqtrade/config.json:/freqtrade/config.json \
  -v ~/.freqtrade/user_data/:/freqtrade/user_data \
  -v ~/.freqtrade/tradesv3.sqlite:/freqtrade/tradesv3.sqlite \
  freqtrade trade --db-url sqlite:///tradesv3.sqlite --strategy MyAwesomeStrategy


When using docker, it's best to specify --db-url explicitly to ensure that the database URL and the mounted database file match.


All available bot command line parameters can be added to the end of the docker run command.


You can define a restart policy in docker. It can be useful in some cases to use the --restart unless-stopped flag (crash of freqtrade or reboot of your system).

Monitor your Docker instance

You can use the following commands to monitor and manage your container:

docker logs freqtrade
docker logs -f freqtrade
docker restart freqtrade
docker stop freqtrade
docker start freqtrade

For more information on how to operate Docker, please refer to the official Docker documentation.


You do not need to rebuild the image for configuration changes, it will suffice to edit config.json and restart the container.

Backtest with docker

The following assumes that the download/setup of the docker image have been completed successfully. Also, backtest-data should be available at ~/.freqtrade/user_data/.

docker run -d \
  --name freqtrade \
  -v /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro \
  -v ~/.freqtrade/config.json:/freqtrade/config.json \
  -v ~/.freqtrade/tradesv3.sqlite:/freqtrade/tradesv3.sqlite \
  -v ~/.freqtrade/user_data/:/freqtrade/user_data/ \
  freqtrade backtesting --strategy AwsomelyProfitableStrategy

Head over to the Backtesting Documentation for more details.


Additional bot command line parameters can be appended after the image name (freqtrade in the above example).