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Quick start

This is a quick start guide to get a test server up and running in less than 5 minutes with docker-compose.


This setup will let any password authenticate. Only use it for testing.

Step 1: Set up a Dockerized environment

To run this quick start please make sure you have a working Docker environment and a working docker-compose.

Step 2: download the sample files

Please download the contents of the example directory from the source code repository.

Step 3: Launch ContainerSSH

In the downloaded directory run docker-compose build and then docker-compose up -d. This is you server.

Step 4: Logging in

Run ssh foo@localhost -p 2222 on the same machine via a new terminal window. This is your test client. You should be able to log in with any password.

Alternatively you can also try the user busybox to land in a Busybox container.

Step 5: Cleaning up

Once you're done, you can shut down the server using the docker-compose down, then remove the images using docker-compose rm.

Finally, you can also remove the guest image:

docker image rm containerssh/containerssh-guest-image

Step 6: Making it productive

The authentication and configuration server included in the example is a dummy server and lets any password in. To actually use ContainerSSH, you will have to write your own authentication server. We recommend reading the architecture overview before proceeding.


You can pass the CONTAINERSSH_ALLOW_ALL environment variable to the demo auth-config server to build a honeypot.