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Mist Cloud Management Platform - Community Edition

Mist helps you manage and monitor your computing infrastructure, across multiple clouds and platforms. The code is provided under the GNU AGPL v3.0 License.

The Enterprise Edition and the Hosted Service that include Role Based Access, VPN tunnels and Insights for cost optimization are available at https://mist.io

Hardware requirements

Recommended hardware resources are: 4 CPU cores 8 GB RAM 10 GB disk (accessible to /var/lib/docker/)


Mist is a large application split into microservices which are packages in docker containers. The easiest way to run it is by using docker-compose. So, in order to run it, one needs to install a recent version of docker and docker-compose.

To install the latest stable release, head over to releases and follow the instructions there.

After a few minutes (depending on your connection) all the mist containers will be downloaded and started in the background.

Run docker-compose ps. All containers should be in the UP state, except shortlived container elasticsearch-manage.

Running Mist

Make sure you're inside the directory containing the docker-compose.yml file.

Switch to the directory containing the docker-compose.yml file and run

docker-compose up -d

This will start all the mist docker containers in the background.

To create a user for the first time, first run

docker-compose exec api sh

This should drop you in a shell into one of the mist containers. In there, run

./bin/adduser --admin admin@example.com

Replace the email address with yours. Try running ./bin/adduser -h for more options. The --docker-cloud flag will add the docker daemon hosting the mist installation as a docker cloud in the created account.

Mist binds on port 80 of the host. Visit http://localhost and login with the email and password specified above.

Welcome to Mist! Enjoy!


After the initial docker-compose up -d, you'll see that a configuration file is created in ./settings/settings.py. Edit this file to modify configuration. Any changes to the ./settings/settings.py require a restart to take effect:

docker-compose restart

Required configuration


If running on anything other than localhost, you'll need to set the CORE_URI setting in ./settings/settings.py. Example:


Mail settings

In some cases, such as user registration, forgotten passwords, user invitations etc, mist needs to send emails. By default, mist is configured to use a mock mailer. To see logs sent by mist, run

docker-compose logs -f mailmock

If you wish to use a real SMTP server, edit ./settings/settings.py and modify MAILER_SETTINGS.

Don't forget to restart docker-compose for changes to take effect.

TLS settings

This section applies if you've installed mist by using the docker-compose.yml file of a mist release.

Assuming a certificate cert.pem and private key file key.pem in the same directory as the docker-compose.yml file:

Create a docker-compose.override.yml file with the following contents:

version: '2.0'
      - ./nginx-listen.conf:/etc/nginx/nginx-listen.conf:ro
      - ./cert.pem:/etc/nginx/cert.pem:ro
      - ./key.pem:/etc/nginx/key.pem:ro
      - 443:443

Create a nginx-listen.conf in the directory of docker-compose.yml, with the following contents:

    listen 80;
    listen 443 ssl;
    server_name www.example.com;
    ssl_certificate     /etc/nginx/cert.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/nginx/key.pem;
    if ($scheme != "https") {
        rewrite ^ https://$host$uri permanent;

Update CORE_URI in mist's settings (see URL section above).

Run docker-compose up -d.

Managing Mist

Mist is managed using docker-compose. Look that up for details. Some useful commands follow. Keep in mind that you need to run these from inside the directory containing the docker-compose.yml file:

# See status of all applications
docker-compose ps

# Almost all containers should be in the UP state. An exception to this
# is shortlived containers. Currently the only such container is
# elasticsearch-manage. This should run for a few seconds and exit 0 if
# everything went fine.

# Restart nginx container
docker-compose restart nginx

# See the logs of the api and celery containers, starting with the last
# 50 lines.
docker-compose logs --tail=50 -f api celery

# Stop mist
docker-compose stop

# Start mist
docker-compose start
# or even better
docker-compose up -d

# Stop and remove all containers
docker-compose down

# Completely remove all containers and data volumes.
docker-compose down -v

Migrating from previous versions

  1. Bring down your current installation by running docker-compose down.
  2. Download the docker-compose.yml file of the latest release and place it within the same directory as before. This way the new installation will use the same Docker volumes.
  3. Run docker-compose up -d to bring up the new version.
  4. Check that everything is in order by running docker-compose ps. Also check if your Mist portal works as expected.

Staging version

If you want to install the latest bleeding edge build of mist, run the following:

mkdir mist-ce && cd mist-ce && echo 'MIST_TAG=staging' > .env
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mistio/mist-ce/staging/docker-compose.yml
docker-compose up -d

Development deployment

If you're planning to modify Mist's source code, an alternative installation method is recommended.

Clone this git repo and all its submodules with something like:

git clone --recursive https://github.com/mistio/mist-ce.git
cd mist-ce
docker-compose up -d

This may take some time.

This setup will mount the checked out code into the containers. By cloning the directory, now there's also a docker-compose.override.yml file in the current directory in addition to docker-compose.yml and is used to modify the configuration for development mode.

The above instructions for running and managing Mist apply.