Every time I upgrade parity on docker by pulling and creating a new container I lose all sync data.

The Dockerfile doesn't seem to expose a volume I could mount with -v

Is there a trick to it or should I ignore it now that Parity can auto-update (since 1.5)?

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The solution is to mount it on docker with -v to a local folder


First on your host create the folder where parity is going to save the data

mkdir /srv/parity

Then make sure you have the latest version of parity

docker pull parity/parity:nightly

And finally create the container with the following parameters:

  • -v /srv/parity:/root/.local/share/io.parity.ethereum/ (mount your local folder /srv/parity to the containers parity storage

Full run command:

docker run -ti -d -p 8545:8545 --name parity -v /srv/parity:/root/.local/share/io.parity.ethereum/ parity/parity:nightly --jsonrpc-interface '' --jsonrpc-hosts="all" --author "0xYOURETHADDRESS" --auto-update="all" -d /mnt

Note: This command will also:

  • Allow the JSON RPC interface to be accessed by anyone in your network so don't use this command on an exposed server
  • Enable the auto-update of Parity which was introduced in 1.5
  • Allows you to solo-mine by specifying the "author" parameter

After you ran the command you can verify that everything worked by checking the /srv/parity folder on your docker host

Checking parity folder

Bonus dev script:

You can use the following bash script to update parity whenever you like. It removes the old container, creates a new but keeps the data


docker pull parity/parity:nightly
docker rm -f parity
docker run --restart always -ti -d \
-p 8180:8180 -p 8545:8545 -p 8546:8546 -p 30303:30303 -p 30303:30303/udp \
--name parity --restart always \
-v /srv/parity:/root/.local/share/io.parity.ethereum/ parity/parity:nightly \
--jsonrpc-interface '' --jsonrpc-hosts="all" \
--auto-update="all" \
--stratum --stratum-interface= \
--jsonrpc-cors null \
--unsafe-expose \
--db-compaction hdd \
--mode active --cache-size 4096 \
--ui-interface --ui-no-validation

docker logs --follow parity
  • Actually the -d means detached mode. Did your solution work? Mar 22, 2018 at 10:25
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    Parity changed a lot since I wrote this answer so I just updated it to work with current versions. The use of "-d" is discuraged now because it renders parity unable to perform key generations
    – Christian
    Mar 22, 2018 at 11:38

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