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JoliCode's Docker starter kit

Before using the stack (remove this chapter once done)


Read in English 🇬🇧 or in French 🇫🇷 why we created and open-sourced this starter-kit.

Project configuration

Before executing any command, you need to configure few parameters in the file:

  • env.project_name: This will be used to prefix all docker objects (network, images, containers)
  • env.project_directory: This is the host directory containing your PHP application
  • env.project_hostnames: This will be all your domain names, separated with comma

Note: Some Fabric tasks have been added for DX purposes. Checkout and adapt the tasks install, migrate and cache_clear to your project

SSL certificate

To save your time with certificate generation, this project already embed a basic self-signed certificate. So HTTPS will work out of the box in your browser as soon as you accept this self-signed certificate.

However, if you prefer to have valid certificate in local (some tools do not necessarily let you work with invalid certificates), you will have to:

  • generate a certificate valid for your domain name
  • sign this certificate with a locally trusted CA

In this case, it's recommended to use more powerful tool like mkcert. As mkcert uses a CA root, you will need to generate a certificate on each computer using this stack and so add /infrastructure/services/router/certs/ to the .gitignore file.

Alternatively, you can configure infrastructure/docker/services/router/openssl.cnf then use infrastructure/docker/services/router/ to create your own certificate. Then you will have to add it to your computer CA store.

Running the application locally


A Docker environment is provided and requires you to have these tools available:

Install and run pipenv to install the required tools:

pipenv install

You can configure your current shell to be able to use fabric commands directly (without having to prefix everything by pipenv run)

pipenv shell

Docker environment

The Docker infrastructure provides a web stack with:

  • PostgreSQL
  • PHP
  • Traefik
  • A container with some tooling:
    • Composer
    • Node
    • Yarn / NPM

Domain configuration (first time only)

Before running the application for the first time, ensure your domain names point the IP of your Docker daemon by editing your /etc/hosts file.

This IP is probably unless you run Docker in a special VM (docker-machine, dinghy, etc).

Note: The router binds port 80 and 443, that's why it will work with

echo ' <your hostnames>' | sudo tee -a /etc/hosts

Using dinghy? Run dinghy ip to get the IP of the VM.

Starting the stack

Launch the stack by running this command:

fab start

Note: the first start of the stack should take a few minutes.

The site is now accessible at the hostnames your have configured over HTTPS (you may need to accept self-signed SSL certificate).


Having some composer, yarn or another modifications to make on the project? Start the builder which will give you access to a container with all these tools available:

fab builder

Note: You can add as many fabric command as you want. But the command should be ran by the builder, don't forget to add @with_builder annotation to the function.

Other tasks

Checkout fab -l to have the list of available fabric tasks.


Use MySQL instead of PostgreSQL

I order to use MySQL, you will need to revert this diff:

diff --git a/infrastructure/docker/docker-compose.builder.yml b/infrastructure/docker/docker-compose.builder.yml
index 39198ca..dc5fce1 100644
--- a/infrastructure/docker/docker-compose.builder.yml
+++ b/infrastructure/docker/docker-compose.builder.yml
@@ -10,7 +10,7 @@ services:
         build: services/builder
-            - mysql
+            - postgres
             - "../../${PROJECT_DIRECTORY}:/home/app/app:cached"
             - "~/.composer/cache:/home/app/.composer/cache"
diff --git a/infrastructure/docker/docker-compose.yml b/infrastructure/docker/docker-compose.yml
index 0dffe3a..0ae36cd 100644
--- a/infrastructure/docker/docker-compose.yml
+++ b/infrastructure/docker/docker-compose.yml
@@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
 version: '3'

-    mysql-data: {}
+    postgres-data: {}

@@ -24,7 +24,7 @@ services:
         build: services/frontend
-            - mysql
+            - postgres
             - "../../${PROJECT_DIRECTORY}:/var/www:cached"
@@ -32,11 +32,12 @@ services:
             - "traefik.frontend.entryPoints=https"
             - "traefik.frontend.rule=Host:${PROJECT_HOSTNAMES}"

-    mysql:
-        build: services/mysql
+    postgres:
+        build: services/postgres
+        environment:
+            - POSTGRES_USER=app
+            - POSTGRES_PASSWORD=app
-            - "mysql-data:/var/lib/mysql"
+            - postgres-data:/var/lib/postgresql/data
             - "traefik.enable=false"
-        ports:
-          - "3306:3306"
diff --git a/infrastructure/docker/services/builder/Dockerfile b/infrastructure/docker/services/builder/Dockerfile
index 173c1a6..87424f7 100644
--- a/infrastructure/docker/services/builder/Dockerfile
+++ b/infrastructure/docker/services/builder/Dockerfile
@@ -7,7 +7,6 @@ RUN apk add --no-cache \
     g++ \
     git \
     make \
-    mariadb-client \
     nodejs \
     npm \
     php7-phar \
diff --git a/infrastructure/docker/services/mysql/Dockerfile b/infrastructure/docker/services/mysql/Dockerfile
deleted file mode 100644
index e9e0245..0000000
--- a/infrastructure/docker/services/mysql/Dockerfile
+++ /dev/null
@@ -1,3 +0,0 @@
-FROM mariadb:10.4
diff --git a/infrastructure/docker/services/php-base/Dockerfile b/infrastructure/docker/services/php-base/Dockerfile
index ea6fc5e..316cbde 100644
--- a/infrastructure/docker/services/php-base/Dockerfile
+++ b/infrastructure/docker/services/php-base/Dockerfile
@@ -22,7 +22,7 @@ RUN apk add --no-cache \
     php7-opcache \
     php7-openssl \
     php7-pdo \
-    php7-pdo_mysql \
+    php7-pdo_pgsql \
     php7-pcntl \
     php7-posix \
     php7-session \
diff --git a/infrastructure/docker/services/postgres/Dockerfile b/infrastructure/docker/services/postgres/Dockerfile
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..998fda8
--- /dev/null
+++ b/infrastructure/docker/services/postgres/Dockerfile
@@ -0,0 +1 @@
+FROM postgres:11

How to use with Symfony

If you want to create a new Symfony project, you need to:

  1. Remove the app folder:

    rm -rf app/
  2. Create a new project:

    composer create-project symfony/website-skeleton app
  3. Configure the .env

    sed -i "s#DATABASE_URL.*#DATABASE_URL=pgsql://app:app@postgres/YOUR_DB_NAME#" app/.env
  4. Configure doctrine

    By default, Symfony and Doctrine are configured to use MySQL. Since MySQL has bad default configuration, Doctrine is forced to configure MySQL explicitly. PostgreSQL does not have this issue. So update the following configuration in app/config/packages/doctrine.yaml:

            # configure these for your database server
            driver: 'pdo_pgsql'
            server_version: '11'
            charset: UTF8
                charset: UTF8
                # Adapt the collate according to the content of your DB.
                # For example, if your content is mainly in French:
                # collate: fr_FR.UTF8
            url: '%env(resolve:DATABASE_URL)%'
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