Running Pantheon from Docker Image

A Docker image is provided to run a Pantheon node in a Docker container.

Use this Docker image to run a single Pantheon node without installing Pantheon.


  • Docker

  • MacOS or Linux


    The Docker image does not run on Windows.


To run a Pantheon node in a container connected to the Ethereum mainnet:

docker run pegasyseng/pantheon:latest
docker run pegasyseng/pantheon:1.2.0


latest runs the latest cached version. To pull the latest version, use docker pull pegasyseng/pantheon:latest.

Exposing Ports

Expose ports for P2P peer discovery, GraphQL, metrics, and HTTP and WebSockets JSON-RPC. Exposing the ports is required to use the default ports or the ports specified using --rpc-http-port, --p2p-port, --rpc-ws-port, --metrics-port, --graphql-http-port, and --metrics-push-port options.

To run Pantheon exposing local ports for access:

docker run -p <localportJSON-RPC>:8545 -p <localportWS>:8546 -p <localportP2P>:30303 pegasyseng/pantheon:latest --rpc-http-enabled --rpc-ws-enabled


To enable JSON-RPC HTTP calls to and P2P discovery on

docker run -p 8545:8545 -p 13001:30303 pegasyseng/pantheon:latest --rpc-http-enabled

Starting Pantheon


Do not mount a volume at the default data path (/opt/pantheon). Mounting a volume at the default data path interferes with the operation of Pantheon and prevents Pantheon from safely launching.

To run a node that maintains the node state (key and database), [--data-path must be set to a location other than /opt/pantheon and a storage volume mounted at that location].

Run a Node for Testing

To run a node that mines blocks at a rate suitable for testing purposes with WebSockets enabled:

docker run -p 8546:8546 --mount type=bind,source=/<myvolume/pantheon/testnode>,target=/var/lib/pantheon pegasyseng/pantheon:latest --miner-enabled --miner-coinbase fe3b557e8fb62b89f4916b721be55ceb828dbd73 --rpc-ws-enabled --network=dev --data-path=/var/lib/pantheon

Run a Node on Rinkeby Testnet

To run a node on Rinkeby:

docker run -p 30303:30303 --mount type=bind,source=/<myvolume/pantheon/rinkeby>,target=/var/lib/pantheon pegasyseng/pantheon:latest --network=rinkeby --data-path=/var/lib/pantheon

Run a Node on Ethereum Mainnet

To run a node on Ethereum mainnet with the HTTP JSON-RPC service enabled:

docker run -p 8545:8545 --mount type=bind,source=/<myvolume/pantheon/rinkeby>,target=/var/lib/pantheon  -p 30303:30303 pegasyseng/pantheon:latest --rpc-http-enabled --data-path=/var/lib/pantheon

Stopping Pantheon and Cleaning up Resources

When you’re done running nodes, you can shut down the node container without deleting resources or you can delete the container after stopping it. Run docker container ls and docker volume ls to obtain the container and volume names.

To stop a container:

docker stop <container-name>

To delete a container:

docker rm <container-name>