Getting started with Fusion Metadata Registry - running FMR in Docker

Module introduction

Welcome to this module on getting started with Fusion Metadata Registry and specifically how to run the software in Docker.

Fusion Metadata Registry (FMR) is a free to use software tool for working with SDMX structures and data.

You’ll need two things to start working effectively with FMR:

  • a basic understanding of the SDMX information model; and
  • a running installation of the FMR software.

FMR is a Java web application so it will run on a range of computing platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux. However, it requires a number of other software components including a Java runtime environment, a Java web application server and a SQL database service such as MySQL or SQL Server.

Fortunately there is a simpler way to get working in less than 10 minutes - running FMR as a Docker container.

This module will help you learn about what FMR is, the use cases it serves, SDMX information model fundamentals and the how to run FMR in Docker.

Learning objectives

  • Understand what FMR is and its role as a structural metadata registry
  • Learn the fundamentals of the SDMX 3.0 information model
  • Understand the principles of software ‘containerisation’ and how Docker can be used for that purpose
  • Installation and basic operation of Docker Desktop
  • How to create and run FMR in a container using Docker Desktop


A basic understanding of the core SDMX concepts and the key metadata structures would be helpful including: Data Structure Definition, Concept, Codelist and Dataflow.

Units in this module