Allows dokku app config files to be taken from app's git repository
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Rewritten version of [dokku-app-configfiles][2] is a plugin that allows [dokku][1] app config files (such as VHOST, ENV, DOCKER_OPTIONS, nginx.tpl or nginx.ssl.tpl, etc. to be taken from the app's git repository. This eliminates the need to manually create these files on the dokku server.

In short, per-app dokku config files are checked into the app's git repository under the directory .dokku-config/. Upon git push to the dokku server, any files in .dokku-config/* are copied to /home/dokku/[app name]/.


  • Dokku 0.3.17+ (for the docker-options plugin)

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Why would I use this? (original)

Although it is prudent to always keep server configuration files separate from app files, many cloud hosts (such as dotcloud) offer the option to supply custom ngnix and other configuration files by checking them into your app's root directory. This approach is simple, and an advantage is that these configuration files are always backed up with the app. This plugin enables similar functionality for dokku.

Installation and Usage

  1. Install the plugin. On dokku 0.4+:

    sudo dokku plugin:install

    On dokku 0.3.x, clone into the dokku plugins directory:

    git clone /var/lib/dokku/plugins/dokku-app-configfiles
  2. In your app's git repository (this is the app that you intend to push to dokku), create a folder called .dokku-config. For example, if my app was in a folder called my-webapp/, the folder would be created at my-webapp/.dokku-config/.

    cd my-webapp/ #this is the app you want to git push to dokku
    mkdir .dokku-config
  3. Inside the .dokku-config/ folder, place your dokku config files. For example, let's create some fixed environment variables:

    cd my-webapp/.dokku-config/ 
    echo "export HELLO='world'" > ENV
    echo "--name mywebapp" > DOCKER_OPTIONS_DEPLOY

    NOTE: In practice, you may not want to check sensitive environment variables (such as API keys) into your git repository if it is publically accessible.

  4. Add the .dokku-config/ directory to your app's git repository:

    cd my-webapp/ #this is the app you want to git push to dokku
    git add .dokku-config/
    git commit -m 'Added dokku config files.'
  5. Push your app to dokku and the config files in .dokku-config/* should be copied to your app's directory (e.g. /home/dokku/my-webapp/) on the dokku server.


Feel free to fork and create a Pull Request.


The MIT License (MIT)