Docker on Linux

How to deploy Keeper Automator in a simple docker environment

Docker on Linux

This guide provides step-by-step instructions to publish Keeper Automator on any Linux instance that can run Docker.

Make sure you already have your SSL Certificate! If not, please follow the steps in the Create SSL Certificate page.


(1) Install Docker

If you don't have Docker installed, set it up per the instructions on your platform. For example, if you use the yum package installer:

sudo yum install docker

Start the Docker service if it's not running

sudo service docker start

Then configure the service to start automatically

sudo systemctl enable docker.service

To allow non-root users to run Docker (and if this meets your security requirements), run this command:

sudo chmod 666 /var/run/docker.sock

(2) Pull the Automator image

Use the docker pull command to get the latest Keeper Automator image.

docker pull keeper/automator

(3) Start the service

Use the command below to start the service. This example below is listening to port 443.

docker run -d -p443:443/tcp \
  --name "Keeper-Automator" \
 --restart on-failure:3 \

(4) Update the certificate

Inside the docker container, create a "config" folder.

docker exec -it Keeper-Automator mkdir /usr/mybin/config

Copy the ssl-certificate.pfx file created in the Certificate Guide into the container.

docker cp ssl-certificate.pfx \

If your .pfx file is protected by a passphrase, you also need to create a file called ssl-certificate-password.txt and place it into the docker container:

echo "my_pfx_password..." > ssl-certificate-password.txt

docker cp ssl-certificate-password.txt \

(5) Restart the container with the SSL cert

Now that the certificate is installed, restart the Docker container:

docker restart "Keeper-Automator"

(6) Install Keeper Commander

At this point, the service is running but it is not able to communicate with Keeper yet.

On your workstation, server or any computer, install the Keeper Commander CLI. The installation instructions including binary installers are here: Installing Keeper Commander After Commander is installed, you can type keeper shell to open the session, then login using the login command. In order to set up Automator, you must login as a Keeper Administrator, or an Admin with the ability to manage the SSO node.

$ keeper shell

My Vault> login
My Vault>

(7) Initialize with Commander

Login to Keeper Commander and activate the Automator using a series of commands, starting with automator create

automator create --name="My Automator" --node="Azure Cloud"

The Node Name (in this case "Azure Cloud") comes from the Admin Console UI as seen below.

The output of the command will display the Automator settings, including metadata from the identity provider.

                    Automator ID: 1477468749950
                            Name: My Automator
                         Enabled: No
                     Initialized: No
                          Skills: Device Approval

Note that the "URL" is not populated yet. This is the public URL which the Keeper backend will communicate with. For example,

Run the "automator edit" command as displayed below, which sets the URL and also sets up the skills (team, team_for_user and device).

automator edit --url https://<application URL> --skill=team --skill=team_for_user --skill=device "My Automator"

Next we exchange keys: The enterprise private key encrypted with the Automator public key is provided to Automator:

automator setup "My Automator"

Initialize the Automator with the new configuration

automator init "My Automator"

Enable the service

automator enable "My Automator"

At this point, the configuration is complete.

For automated health checks, you can use the below URL:



$ curl

For environments using AD FS ...

When activating Keeper Automator with AD FS as the identity provider, users will not be able to login until you update the Keeper certificate using the instructions below:

  • Login to the Keeper Admin Console

  • Go to Admin > SSO Node > Provisioning and then view the SSO Cloud configuration.

  • Click on "Export SP Cert".

  • In the AD FS Management Console select the Keeper Cloud SSO Relying Party Trust properties.

  • On the "Encryption" tab, replace the old certificate with this new cert.

  • On the "Signature" tab, Add/Replace the new SP certificate with this new cert.

Securing the Service

We recommend restricting network access to the service. Please see the Ingress Requirements page for a list of IP addresses to allow.

Testing the User Experience

Now that Keeper Automator is deployed, you can test the end-user experience. No prompts for approval will be required after the user authenticates with the SSO identity provider.

The easiest way to test is to open an incognito mode window to the Keeper Web Vault and login with SSO Cloud. You will not be prompted for device approval.

Service Restart

When you stop/start the Keeper Automator service, the Docker service will automatically retain state.

docker restart "Keeper-Automator"


Service not starting

Please check the Keeper Automator logs. This usually describes the issue. In the Docker environment, you can tail the log file using this command:

docker logs -f "Keeper-Automator"

Connecting to the container to check the log file is possible using the below command:

docker exec -it "Keeper-Automator" /bin/sh

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