Moving mariadb to docker installation

I'm running debian jessie and I'm currently trying to replace all my server services with docker containers. After some research, i tried this command:

docker run --name mariadb -v /var/lib/mysql:/var/lib/mysql -d -p 3306:3306 -d mariadb:latest

after stopping the local mariadb service, but this command didn't work. My webapplications didn't have any database access after. How do i currently move all databases? Is there a more secure way?

I just want a drop-in replacement. Starting the docker container and using the mariadb server as I used to.


you can not just start a new instance of mariadb server in a docker container and expect it to work with you "old" mariadb data.

I think this should be done:

  1. backup local database (logical backup, see url below).
  2. start docker with a new volume for the new database
  3. import the SQL dump into the docker database.

Documentation on how to backup your DB:



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