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Migrate CE to Pro with Docker


  1. Make sure you are running a Seafile Community edition that match the latest version of pro edition. For example, if the latest pro edition is version 11.0, you should first upgrade the community edition to version 11.0.
  2. Purchase Seafile Professional license file.
  3. Download the docker-compose.yml of Seafile Pro.

NOTE: Different versions of Seafile have different compose files.

# Seafile PE 10.0
wget -O "docker-compose.yml" ""

# Seafile PE 11.0
wget -O "docker-compose.yml" ""


Stop the Seafile CE

docker compose down

To ensure data security, it is recommended that you back up your MySQL data.

Put your licence file

Copy the seafile-license.txt to the volume directory of the Seafile CE's data. If the directory is /opt/seafile-data, so you should put it in the /opt/seafile-data/seafile/.

Modify the new docker-compose.yml

Replace the old docker-compose.yml file with the new docker-compose.yml file and modify its configuration based on your actual situation:

  • The Seafile Pro docker tag must be equal to or newer than the old Seafile CE docker tag.
  • The password of MySQL root (MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD and DB_ROOT_PASSWD) should be consistent with the old one;
  • The volume directory of MySQL data (volumes) should be consistent with the old one;
  • The volume directory of Seafile data (volumes) should be consistent with the old one;
  • The volume directory of Elasticsearch data (volumes), this is the directory used to store the Elasticsearch's index data, E.g:/opt/seafile-elasticsearch/data:/usr/share/elasticsearch/data;

Do the migration

The Seafile Pro container needs to be running during the migration process, which means that end users may access the Seafile service during this process. In order to avoid the data confusion caused by this, it is recommended that you take the necessary measures to temporarily prohibit users from accessing the Seafile service. For example, modify the firewall policy.

Run the following command to run the Seafile-Pro container:

docker compose up

Then run the migration script by executing the following command:

docker exec -it seafile /opt/seafile/seafile-server-latest/pro/ setup --migrate

After the migration script runs successfully, modify external_es_server, es_host, es_port in /opt/seafile-data/seafile/conf/seafevents.conf manually.

external_es_server = true
es_host = elasticsearch
es_port = 9200
enabled = true
interval = 10m

Restart the Seafile Pro container.

docker restart seafile

Now you have a Seafile Professional service.