Docker Based Developer Installation Guide

Docker Based Developer Installation Guide

Installing Docker, Docker Compose and Node.js

We will use Docker to run all the services needed for Redash, except for Node.js which we will run locally.

  1. Install Docker and Docker Compose.
  2. Install Node.js (v6 or later is recommended, can be installed with Homebrew on OS/X)


Create Docker Services

Once you have the above setup, you need to create the Docker services:

docker-compose up

This will build the Docker images and fetch some prebuilt images and then start the services (Redash web server, worker, PostgreSQL and Redis). You can refer to the docker-compose.yml file to see the full configuration.

Install npm Packages

npm install

Create Database

# Create tables
docker-compose run --rm server create_db

# Create database for tests
docker-compose run --rm postgres psql -h postgres -U postgres -c "create database tests"


Run webpack Dev Server

Once all Docker services are running (can be started either by docker-compose up or docker-compose start), Redash is available at http://localhost:5000/.

While we will use webpack's dev server, we still need to build the frontend assets at least once, as some of them used for static pages (login page and such):

npm run build

To work on the frontend code, you need to use the webpack dev server, which you start with:

npm run start

Now the dev server is available at http://localhost:8080. It rebuilds the frontend code when you change it and refreshes the browser. All the API calls are proxied to localhost:5000 (the server running in Docker).

Restarting Celery Workers

The Web server will restart on code changes, but the Celery workers won't. To restart the Celery workers run:

docker-compose restart worker

(or just stop docker-compose up and run it again)

Installing new Python packages (requirements.txt)

If you pulled a new version with new packages or added some yourself, you will need to rebuild the server and worker images:

docker-compose rebuild worker
docker-compose rebuild server

Running Tests

docker-compose run --rm server tests



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