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Apache Storm is a free and open source distributed realtime computation system.

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Quick reference

What is Apache Storm?

Apache Storm is a distributed computation framework written predominantly in the Clojure programming language. Originally created by Nathan Marz and team at BackType, the project was open sourced after being acquired by Twitter. It uses custom created “spouts” and “bolts” to define information sources and manipulations to allow batch, distributed processing of streaming data. The initial release was on 17 September 2011.


How to use this image

Running topologies in local mode

Assuming you have topology.jar in the current directory.

$ docker run -it -v $(pwd)/topology.jar:/topology.jar storm storm jar /topology.jar org.apache.storm.starter.ExclamationTopology

Setting up a minimal Storm cluster

  1. Apache Zookeeper is a must for running a Storm cluster. Start it first. Since the Zookeeper “fails fast” it’s better to always restart it.

    $ docker run -d --restart always --name some-zookeeper zookeeper
  2. The Nimbus daemon has to be connected with the Zookeeper. It’s also a “fail fast” system.

    $ docker run -d --restart always --name some-nimbus --link some-zookeeper:zookeeper storm storm nimbus
  3. Finally start a single Supervisor node. It will talk to the Nimbus and Zookeeper.

    $ docker run -d --restart always --name supervisor --link some-zookeeper:zookeeper --link some-nimbus:nimbus storm storm supervisor
  4. Now you can submit a topology to our cluster.

    $ docker run --link some-nimbus:nimbus -it --rm -v $(pwd)/topology.jar:/topology.jar storm storm jar /topology.jar org.apache.storm.starter.WordCountTopology topology
  5. Optionally, you can start the Storm UI.

    $ docker run -d -p 8080:8080 --restart always --name ui --link some-nimbus:nimbus storm storm ui

... via docker stack deploy or docker-compose

Example stack.yml for storm:

version: '3.1'

    image: zookeeper
    container_name: zookeeper
    restart: always

    image: storm
    container_name: nimbus
    command: storm nimbus
      - zookeeper
      - zookeeper
    restart: always
      - 6627:6627

    image: storm
    container_name: supervisor
    command: storm supervisor
      - nimbus
      - zookeeper
      - nimbus
      - zookeeper
    restart: always

Try in PWD

Run docker stack deploy -c stack.yml storm (or docker-compose -f stack.yml up) and wait for it to initialize completely. The Nimbus will be available at http://swarm-ip:6627, http://localhost:6627, or http://host-ip:6627 (as appropriate).


This image uses default configuration of the Apache Storm. There are two main ways to change it.

  1. Using command line arguments.

    $ docker run -d --restart always --name nimbus storm storm nimbus -c storm.zookeeper.servers='["zookeeper"]'
  2. Assuming you have storm.yaml in the current directory you can mount it as a volume.

    $ docker run -it -v $(pwd)/storm.yaml:/conf/storm.yaml storm storm nimbus


This image uses default logging configuration. All logs go to the /logs directory by default.

Data persistence

No data are persisted by default. For convenience there are /data and /logs directories in the image owned by storm user. Use them accordingly to persist data and logs using volumes.

$ docker run -it -v /logs -v /data storm storm nimbus

Please be noticed that using paths other than those predefined is likely to cause permission denied errors. It’s because for security reasons the Storm is running under the non-root storm user.


View license information for the software contained in this image.

As with all Docker images, these likely also contain other software which may be under other licenses (such as Bash, etc from the base distribution, along with any direct or indirect dependencies of the primary software being contained).

Some additional license information which was able to be auto-detected might be found in the repo-info repository’s storm/ directory.

As for any pre-built image usage, it is the image user’s responsibility to ensure that any use of this image complies with any relevant licenses for all software contained within.

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