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Quick Start

Welcome to OpenRemote; an intuitive user-friendly 100% open source IoT platform. You can build a complete IoT device management solution including: device management and auto provisioning, customisation of asset types, automation via when-then, flow, javascript and groovy rules, data analytics, connectivity via several protocol agents and manager APIs (e.g. MQTT broker, HTTP/REST, WS), Multi-tenancy (realms), Users and roles management, Edge gateway, Front-end UI web components and consoles, and an Insights dashboard builder.

As the code base is 100% open source, applications are limitless. Here's an architecture overview:


You can quickly try the online demo with restricted access, login credentials are smartcity:smartcity:

Online demo

The quickest way to get your own environment with full access is to make use of our Docker images (both amd64 and arm64 are supported).

  1. Make sure you have Docker Desktop installed (v18+).
  2. Download the Docker Compose file: OpenRemote Stack (Right click 'Save link as...')
  3. In a terminal cd to where you just saved the compose file and then run:
docker-compose pull
docker-compose -p openremote up

If all goes well then you should now be able to access the OpenRemote Manager UI at https://localhost. You will need to accept the self-signed certificate, see here for details how to do this in Chrome (similar for other browsers).

Login credentials

Username: admin Password: secret

Changing host and/or port

The URL you use to access the system is important, the default is configured as https://localhost if you are using a VM or want to run on a different port then you will need to set the OR_HOSTNAME and OR_SSL_PORT environment variables, so if for example you will be accessing using then use the following startup command:


OR_HOSTNAME= OR_SSL_PORT=8443 docker-compose -p openremote up -d



cmd /C "set OR_HOSTNAME= && set OR_SSL_PORT=8443 && docker-compose -p openremote up -d"

What next

Try creating assets, agents, rules, users, realms, etc. using the Manager UI, some things to try:

Where's the data stored?

Persistent data is stored in a PostgreSQL DB which is stored in the openremote_postgresql-data Docker volume which is durably stored independently of the running containers (see all with docker volume ls). Note that historical attribute data is purged daily based on value of OR_DATA_POINTS_MAX_AGE_DAYS; this value can also be overridden for individual attributes by using the dataPointsMaxAgeDays configuration item. See the Developer Guide for details on making backups of the database.

Contributing to OpenRemote

For information and how to set up a development environment, see the Developer Guide.

We work with Java, Groovy, TypeScript, Gradle, Docker, and a wide range of APIs and protocol implementations.

We follow the Github Flow workflow with tags and releases for published versions of our components; when working on the codebase create descriptive branch names (e.g. feature/cool_feature_x, hotfix/flux_capacitor, issue/123, etc.).

When your changes are complete then create a Pull Request ensuring that your branch is up-to-date with the source branch and that code changes are covered by tests and that the full test suite passes.

Discuss OpenRemote

Join us on the community forum.