Dockerized deployment of the Orion platform
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* Bump `orion-web` and `orion-server` versions

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This repository provides a docker-compose file for orchestrating a series of Docker containers that collectively provide all the services that comprise the Orion platform, namely, orion-server and orion-web.

Please note that Orion's Docker deployment support is considered experimental. It is highly recommended that you deploy both the server and web interface manually using the instructions at orion-server and orion-web, respectively. orion-docker may be unstable or outdated, and using the Dockerized version is significantly more resource-intensive than deploying the services onto your infrastructure natively.


  1. You need a Mapbox API token for your deployment. It is used to render the interactive map in the web interface. They are free.
  2. You need docker-compose.


Get the code:

$ git clone
$ cd orion-docker

Create a .env file for injecting configuration environment variables into the docker-compose orchestration:

$ cat >.env<<EOF
MAPBOX_API_TOKEN=<your Mapbox API token>
PORT=<local port on which you want Orion to run>

Then, some Docker magic:

$ docker-compose up -d

Orion should now be running at the port you specified in the .env file. The easiest way to expose it to the Internet behind a domain name is to reverse proxy via Apache or nginx.

Additional steps

As noted in the orion-server README, there is no service-level authentication mechanism. It is still your responsibility to protect routes; otherwise, anonymous users will be able to publish and query location data to and from your Orion instance. You can do this in whatever way you see fit, but adding a layer of HTTP Basic authentication at the web server layer, while not recommended, is the easiest way to do this (and is compatible with the OwnTracks mobile clients).


docker-compose.yml starts four independent services:


Used for storing data.


Exposes API endpoints for CRUD operations on the data in the MySQL instance.


Frontend interface that queries orion-server for location data to visualize on a map.


Reverse proxies the API routes provided by orion-server and the static files provided by orion-web on the same host.