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Open WebUI

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Open WebUI is an extensible, feature-rich, and user-friendly self-hosted WebUI designed to operate entirely offline. It supports various LLM runners, including Ollama and OpenAI-compatible APIs.

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Open WebUI Demo

Important Note on User Roles and Privacy:
  • Admin Creation: The first account created on Open WebUI gains Administrator privileges, controlling user management and system settings.

  • User Registrations: Subsequent sign-ups start with Pending status, requiring Administrator approval for access.

  • Privacy and Data Security: All your data, including login details, is locally stored on your device. Open WebUI ensures strict confidentiality and no external requests for enhanced privacy and security.


Disabling Login for Single User

If you want to disable login for a single-user setup, set WEBUI_AUTH to False. This will bypass the login page.


You cannot switch between single-user mode and multi-account mode after this change.


When using Docker to install Open WebUI, make sure to include the -v open-webui:/app/backend/data in your Docker command. This step is crucial as it ensures your database is properly mounted and prevents any loss of data.

Data Storage in Docker

This tutorial uses Docker named volumes to guarantee the persistance of your data. This might make it difficult to know exactly where your data is stored in your machine if this is your first time using Docker. Alternatively, you can replace the volume name with a absolute path on your host machine to link your container data to a folder in your computer using a bind mount.

Example: change -v open-webui:/app/backend/data to -v /path/to/folder:/app/backend/data

Ensure you have the proper access rights to the folder on your host machine.

Visit the Docker documentation to understand more about volumes and bind mounts.

Installation with Default Configuration

  • If Ollama is on your computer, use this command:

    docker run -d -p 3000:8080 --add-host=host.docker.internal:host-gateway -v open-webui:/app/backend/data --name open-webui --restart always
  • If Ollama is on a Different Server, use this command:

    To connect to Ollama on another server, change the OLLAMA_BASE_URL to the server's URL:

    docker run -d -p 3000:8080 -e OLLAMA_BASE_URL= -v open-webui:/app/backend/data --name open-webui --restart always
    • To run Open WebUI with Nvidia GPU support, use this command:
    docker run -d -p 3000:8080 --gpus all --add-host=host.docker.internal:host-gateway -v open-webui:/app/backend/data --name open-webui --restart always

Installation for OpenAI API Usage Only

  • If you're only using OpenAI API, use this command:

    docker run -d -p 3000:8080 -e OPENAI_API_KEY=your_secret_key -v open-webui:/app/backend/data --name open-webui --restart always

Installing Open WebUI with Bundled Ollama Support

This installation method uses a single container image that bundles Open WebUI with Ollama, allowing for a streamlined setup via a single command. Choose the appropriate command based on your hardware setup:

  • With GPU Support: Utilize GPU resources by running the following command:

    docker run -d -p 3000:8080 --gpus=all -v ollama:/root/.ollama -v open-webui:/app/backend/data --name open-webui --restart always
  • For CPU Only: If you're not using a GPU, use this command instead:

    docker run -d -p 3000:8080 -v ollama:/root/.ollama -v open-webui:/app/backend/data --name open-webui --restart always

Both commands facilitate a built-in, hassle-free installation of both Open WebUI and Ollama, ensuring that you can get everything up and running swiftly.

After installation, you can access Open WebUI at http://localhost:3000. Enjoy! 😄

Using the Dev Branch 🌙


The :dev branch contains the latest unstable features and changes. Use it at your own risk as it may have bugs or incomplete features.

If you want to try out the latest bleeding-edge features and are okay with occasional instability, you can use the :dev tag like this:

docker run -d -p 3000:8080 -v open-webui:/app/backend/data --name open-webui --restart always

Manual Installation

Installation with pip (Beta)

For users who prefer to use Python's package manager pip, Open WebUI offers a installation method. Python 3.11 is required for this method.

  1. Install Open WebUI: Open your terminal and run the following command:

    pip install open-webui
  2. Start Open WebUI: Once installed, start the server using:

    open-webui serve

This method installs all necessary dependencies and starts Open WebUI, allowing for a simple and efficient setup. After installation, you can access Open WebUI at http://localhost:8080. Enjoy! 😄

Other Installation Methods

We offer various installation alternatives, including non-Docker native installation methods, Docker Compose, Kustomize, and Helm. Visit our Open WebUI Documentation or join our Discord community for comprehensive guidance.


If you're facing various issues like "Open WebUI: Server Connection Error", see TROUBLESHOOTING for information on how to troubleshoot and/or join our Open WebUI Discord community.


Check out our full updating guide.

In case you want to update your local Docker installation to the latest version, you can do it with Watchtower:

docker run --rm --volume /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock containrrr/watchtower --run-once open-webui

In the last part of the command, replace open-webui with your container name if it is different.

Continue with the full getting started guide.

Sponsors 🙌

We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of our sponsors. Their contributions help us to maintain and improve our project, ensuring we can continue to deliver quality work to our community. Thank you!