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Deploying Openchain in a production environment

In production, it is recommended to proxy the Openchain server behind a reverse proxy server such as Nginx. This architecture enables a number of possibilities:

  • Expose Openchain through SSL/TLS
  • Host multiple Openchain server instances on the same port
  • Change the URL path under which the Openchain server is being exposed
  • Route requests to different Openchain instances depending on the host name used

This document explain the few steps necessary to expose Openchain through Nginx.

Install Docker

Refer to the :ref:`base Docker deployment documentation <docker-deployment>` to find out how to install Docker and Docker Compose.

Pull the Docker images through Docker Compose

Clone the openchain/docker repository from GitHub, and copy the configuration files from the templates provided.

git clone https://github.com/openchain/docker.git openchain
cd openchain
cp templates/docker-compose-proxy.yml docker-compose.yml
cp templates/nginx.conf nginx/nginx.conf
mkdir data
cp templates/config.json data/config.json

Edit the configuration file (data/config.json) as described in the :ref:`base Docker deployment documentation <docker-deployment>`.

You can now start the server:

docker-compose up -d

Note

By default, Nginx will run on port 80.