One-click Dokku instance on AWS.
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Dokku AWS

This is a simple CloudFormation stack for deploying a Dokku instance to EC2 using an Ubuntu 16.04 LTS AMI. The instance is configured with an Elastic IP, so the IP will stay the same in case of stack updates that require the instance to be replaced.

If you wish to use your Dokku instance with S3, RDS, ElastiCache, and/or Elasticsearch, you should use aws-web-stacks instead.

The CloudFormation templates are written in troposphere, which allows for some validation at build time and simplifies the management of several related templates.

You can launch a new instance by clicking the Launch Stack button below or by pointing CloudFormation to the underlying template manually. Before launching a stack, make sure to upload your SSH public key to the Key Pairs section of the AWS console (this will be used both to allow logins to the ubuntu user on your EC2 instance and to allow deploys via the dokku user).


Using the default values in this template (a t2.micro instance and 30 GB of disk space), your new Dokku instance should fit within the free tier on AWS.


After the stack is created, you'll want to inspect the Outputs for the PublicIP of the instance and create a DNS A record (possibly including a wildcard record, if you're using vhost-based apps) for your chosen domain.

For help creating a DNS record, please refer to the Dokku DNS documentation.


Dokku may take 5-10 minutes to install, even after the stack has finished creating. Once that's complete, create a new app on the remote server:

ssh dokku@<your domain or IP> apps:create python-sample

and deploy Heroku's Python sample to that app:

git clone
cd python-sample
git remote add dokku dokku@<your domain or IP>:python-sample
git push dokku master

You should be able to watch the build complete in the output from the git push command. If the deploy completes successfully, you should be able to see "Hello world!" at http://python-sample.your.domain/

For additional help deploying to your new instance, please refer to the Dokku documentation.

Let's Encrypt

We might as well get a free SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt, while we're at it:

ssh ubuntu@<your domain or IP> sudo dokku plugin:install
ssh dokku@<your domain or IP> config:set --no-restart python-sample DOKKU_LETSENCRYPT_EMAIL=your@email.tld
ssh dokku@<your domain or IP> letsencrypt python-sample

The Python sample app should now be accessible over HTTPS at https://python-sample.your.domain/

Good luck and have fun!

Copyright 2017 Tobias McNulty.