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Deploy Standalone (Single Node) MinIO server using Docker Compose on Linux

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MinIO is a high-performance object storage solution with native support for Kubernetes deployments that provides an Amazon Web Services S3-compatible API and supports all core S3 features. In this post, I will explain steps to deploy MinIO in Standalone Mode consisting of a single MinIO server and a single drive or storage volume on Linux using Docker Compose. Standalone deployments are best suited for evaluation and initial development environments. For extended development or production environments please refer to the official documentation Deploy MinIO in Distributed Mode.


  • Familiarity with Docker Compose.
  • Docker is installed on your machine. Download the relevant installer from here.


1) Create a docker-compose YAML file called minio-compose.yml (or any name you want) in your current working directory and put the following scripts in this file. 

MINIO_ROOT_USER and MINIO_ROOT_PASSWORD are two important environment variables in the docker-compose file. MINIO_ROOT_USER is the root user access key and MINIO_ROOT_PASSWORD is the root user secret key as your S3 credentials. Replace these values with long, random, and unique strings. Please note that there are two port numbers when you run the MinIO server:

The MinIO Console port has 9001 as its default value. The API port, for connecting to and performing operations on the MinIO through APIs, I set to a static port number 9000 in the docker-compose file. You can change port mappings in the ports section of the docker-compose file.

Note: By default, the Docker Compose file uses the Docker image for the latest MinIO server release. You can change the image tag to pull a specific MinIO Docker image.

2) Run the compose using the following command (Add -d flag for running in docker detach mode).

docker-compose --project-name standalone_minio -f minio-compose.yml up

As I said in the previous step and you can see in the figure, our deployment would respond to S3 API operations on the default MinIO server port :9000 and browser access on the MinIO Console port :9001.

3) Access MinIO Console

Now you can access MinIO Console. Open your browser and go to to open the MinIO Console login page.

Log in with the Root User and Root Pass from the previous step.

4) Access MinIO using API

In addition to the MinIO web console, you can use the API addresses to access the MinIO server and perform S3 operations. You can use different SDKs, such as boto3 and bulkboto3, to perform bucket and object operations to any Amazon S3 compatible object storage service. Applications can authenticate using the MINIO_ROOT_USER as aws_access_key_id and MINIO_ROOT_PASSWORD as aws_secret_access_key credentials. Here, I’ve provided a small python code for creating and transferring a directory with its structure to the bucket using the bulkboto3 package:

import logging

from bulkboto3 import BulkBoto3, StorageTransferPath

    format="%(asctime)s — %(levelname)s — %(message)s",
    datefmt="%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S",
logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

TARGET_BUCKET = "test-bucket"

# instantiate a BulkBoto3 object
bulkboto_agent = BulkBoto3(

# create a new bucket

# upload a whole directory with its structure to an S3 bucket in multi thread mode

And here you can see the uploaded directory on the bucket!

You can find out more examples of S3 operations using APIs at the following links:



BulkBoto3: Python package for fast and parallel transferring a bulk of files to S3 based on boto3!

Thank you for taking the time to this post. Stay tuned for the next posts!

Amir Masoud Sefidian
Amir Masoud Sefidian
Machine Learning Engineer

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  1. […] Note: You can deploy a free S3 server using MinIO on your local machine by following steps explained in: Deploy Standalone MinIO using Docker Compose on Linux. […]