Deploy your own instance of Sentry onto Dokku!
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Run Sentry on Dokku

Deploy your own instance of Sentry onto Dokku!

This project is a clone of the official bootstrap repository (getsentry/onpremise) with a few modifications for a seamless deploy to Dokku.

What you get

This repository will deploy Sentry 9.0. It has been tested with Dokku 0.10+.



When upgrading to a newer version, e.g. 8.22 to 9.0.0, you just need to follow the following steps:

First get the newest version of this repository from GitHub and push it to you Dokku host:

git pull
git push dokku master

During the deploy, Dokku will run all commands that are necessary to upgrade the database to the newest version. You do not need to do anything else.


This will guide you through the set up of a new Sentry instance. Make sure to follow these steps one after another.

App and databases

First create a new Dokku app. We'll call it sentry.

dokku apps:create sentry

Next we create the databases needed by Sentry and link them.

dokku postgres:create sentry-postgres
dokku postgres:link sentry-postgres sentry

dokku redis:create sentry-redis
dokku redis:link sentry-redis sentry

dokku memcached:create sentry-memcached
dokku memcached:link sentry-memcached sentry


Set a secret key

dokku config:set --no-restart sentry SENTRY_SECRET_KEY=$(echo `openssl rand -base64 64` | tr -d ' ')

Email settings

If you want to receive emails from sentry (notifications, activation mails), you need to set the following settings accordingly.

dokku config:set --no-restart sentry
dokku config:set --no-restart sentry SENTRY_EMAIL_USER=<yourusername>
dokku config:set --no-restart sentry SENTRY_EMAIL_PASSWORD=<yourmailpassword>
dokku config:set --no-restart sentry SENTRY_EMAIL_PORT=25
dokku config:set --no-restart sentry
dokku config:set --no-restart sentry SENTRY_EMAIL_USE_TLS=True

Persistent storage

To persists user uploads (e.g. avatars) between restarts, we create a folder on the host machine and tell Dokku to mount it to the app container.

sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/sentry
sudo chown 32768:32768 /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/sentry
dokku storage:mount sentry /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/sentry:/var/lib/sentry/files

Domain setup

To get the routing working, we need to apply a few settings. First we set the domain.

dokku domains:set sentry

The parent Dockerfile, provided by the sentry project, exposes port 9000 for web requests. Dokku will set up this port for outside communication, as explained in its documentation. Because we want Sentry to be available on the default port 80 (or 443 for SSL), we need to fiddle around with the proxy settings.

First remove the proxy mapping added by Dokku.

dokku proxy:ports-remove sentry http:80:5000

If dokku proxy:report sentry shows that DOKKU_PROXY_PORT_MAP is not empty, remove all remaining port mappings. Next add the correct port mapping for this project.

dokku proxy:ports-add sentry http:80:9000

Push Sentry to Dokku

Grabbing the repository

First clone this repository onto your machine.


git clone


git clone

Set up git remote

Now you need to set up your Dokku server as a remote.

git remote add dokku

Push Sentry

Now we can push Sentry to Dokku (before moving on to the next part).

git push dokku master

SSL certificate

Last but not least, we can go an grab the SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt.

dokku config:set --no-restart sentry
dokku config:set --no-restart sentry SENTRY_USE_SSL=True
dokku letsencrypt sentry

Create a user

Sentry is now up and running on your domain ( Before you're able to use it, you need to create a user.

dokku run sentry sentry createuser

This will prompt you to enter an email, password and whether the user should be a superuser.