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Migrating Confluence and JIRA to Docker

I've had a Confluence installation for just over a year and the time has come to move infrastructure. Docker Compose is what I'm now using and the only remaining services I need to convert is Confluence and JIRA.

The main reason for this is portability - I don't like having system-wide installations like Postgres and I'm not a fan of how I have confluence set up currently - it's a bit of a pain to configure with my new reverse proxy. Hence the push to move everything to Docker and Compose so I can (in theory) take the compose file and deployment config to another server and spin up everything just in case the worst happens.

So my question is: Is this even possible?

I've got Postgres moved over pretty easily, and I thought everything was stored there so I spun up a fresh instance of Confluence and pointed it at the database assuming it would just pick up where I left off - nope, it just told me there was an existing confluence table and that I must start from scratch.

So it seems confluence is storing state elsewhere - configuration I assume. I then tried to mount the contents of the original installation (from `/var/lib/atlassian/application-data/confluence`) into the container at the correct location at `/var/atlassian/confluence` and that resulted in a ton of exceptions.

Just a side note: I'm using the "cptactionhank" Confluence and JIRA Docker images as they seem to be pretty actively maintained and I could only find an official Confluence image on the Atlassian Docker Hub but no official JIRA image.

So is this even advisable or should I just do a completely fresh install? Is there any way I can bulk export all the existing spaces and then import them after I have a fresh Docker install?

Thanks!

1 answer

Hi @Barnaby Keene,

I am not saying it's a good idea to go to Docker - as far as I know Atlassian still officially doesn't support it. We only run some Demo/Test stuff in Docker but not the production ones yet.

That aside I suggest if you look at the "moving server" guides, that probably gives you enough to make this happen:

Jira: https://confluence.atlassian.com/adminjiraserver071/migrating-jira-applications-to-another-server-802592269.html

Confluence: https://confluence.atlassian.com/doc/migrating-confluence-between-servers-184150.html


Cheers,
Christian

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