NFS v3/4


Before we get started on using Netshare with NFS filesystems make sure you installed the prerequisites as noted in the Getting Started guide.

NFS Prerequisites on Linux

NFS needs to be installed on Linux systems in order to properly mount NFS mounts.

  • For Ubuntu/Debian: sudo apt-get install -y nfs-common
  • For RHEL/CentOS: sudo yum install -y nfs-utils

It is recommend to try mounting an NFS volume to eliminate any configuration issues prior to running the plugin:

sudo mount -t nfs4 /target/mount


If you have installed Netshare as a deb package then make sure the service is running. If you are simply playing with the driver to evaluate, you can open a separate terminal window and run in the foreground:

$ sudo docker-volume-netshare nfs

Launching a Container

For this example we’ll run an Ubuntu container and mount a remote share into a /data directory within the container:

$ docker run -i -t --volume-driver=nfs -v nfshost/path:/data ubuntu /bin/bash

root@3ff00e59c734:/$ ls /data

Creating a volume with Docker volume

You can also create named volumes using the docker volume syntax. To do this we must use the share option.

$ docker volume create -d nfs --name myvol -o share=nfshost:/share
$ docker run -it --rm -v myvol:/data ubuntu bash

Using with Docker Compose v2

To mount volumes during compose orchestration you must define the volume in the YML.


version: '2'

    driver: nfs
      share: host:/share

    image: alpine
      - data:/mnt
    command: ls /mnt

Advanced options

There may be specific NFS settings that aren’t handled out of the box. One example may be a different port number for the NFS server. To pass through custom mount options.

Globally on launch:

$ docker-volume-netshare nfs -o port=2049,sec=ntlm

As a named volume:

$ docker volume create -d nfs --name myvol -o share=myserver:/share -o port=2049