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Docker Development Server

You can use docker to launch and manage a development server, in a similar fashion to managing a production server.

The InvenTree dockerfile (./Dockerfile) uses a multi-stage build process to allow both production and development setups from the same image.

There are some key differences compared to the docker production setup:

  • The docker image is built locally, rather than being downloaded from DockerHub
  • The docker image points to the source code on your local machine (mounted as a 'volume' in the docker container)
  • The django webserver is used, instead of running behind Gunicorn
  • The server will automatically reload when code changes are detected

Static and Media Files

The development server runs in DEBUG mode, and serves static and media files natively.

Hacker Mode

The following setup guide starts a development server which will reload "on the fly" as changes are made to the source code. This is designed for programmers and developers who wish to add and test new InvenTree features.

Data Directory

Persistent data (such as the stored database, media files, configuration files, etc) will be stored in the ./data directory (relative to the InvenTree source code directory).

  • This directory is automatically created when you launch InvenTree via docker
  • This directory is excluded from git version tracking

Quickstart Guide

To get "up and running" with a development environment, complete with a set of demo data to work with, run the following commands:

git clone && cd InvenTree
docker compose run inventree-dev-server invoke install
docker compose run inventree-dev-server invoke setup-test
docker compose up -d

Development Server

You can then view the development server at http://localhost:8000

Details, details

For a more in-depth setup guide, continue reading below!

Development Setup Guide

To get started with an InvenTree development setup, follow the simple steps outlined below. Before continuing, ensure that you have completed the following steps:

  • Downloaded the InvenTree source code to your local machine
  • Installed docker on your local machine (install Docker Desktop on Windows)
  • Have a terminal open to the root directory of the InvenTree source code

Edit Environment Variables (Optional)

If desired, the user may edit the environment variables, located in the .env file.

This step is optional

This step can be skipped, as the default variables will work just fine!

Database Credentials

You may also wish to change the database username (INVENTREE_DB_USER) and password (INVENTREE_DB_PASSWORD) from their default values

Perform Initial Setup

Perform the initial database setup by running the following command:

docker-compose run inventree-dev-server invoke update

If this is the first time you are configuring the development server, this command will build a development version of the inventree docker image.

This command also performs the following steps:

  • Ensure required python packages are installed
  • Perform the required schema updates to create the required database tables
  • Update translation files
  • Collect all required static files into a directory where they can be served by nginx

Grab a coffee

This initial build process may take a few minutes!

Create Admin Account

If you are creating the initial database, you need to create an admin (superuser) account for the database. Run the command below, and follow the prompts:

docker-compose run inventree-dev-server invoke superuser

Import Demo Data

To fill the database with a demo dataset, run the following command:

docker-compose run inventree-dev-server invoke setup-test

Start Docker Containers

Now that the database has been created, migrations applied, and you have created an admin account, we are ready to launch the InvenTree containers:

docker-compose up -d

This command launches the remaining containers:

  • inventree-dev-server - InvenTree web server
  • inventree-dev-worker - Background worker

Check Connection

Check that the server is running at http://localhost:8000. The server may take a few minutes to be ready.

Restarting Services

Once initial setup is complete, stopping and restarting the services is much simpler:

Stop InvenTree Services

To stop the InvenTree development server, simply run the following command:

docker-compose down

Start InvenTree Services

To start the InvenTree development server, simply run the following command:

docker-compose up -d

Restart InvenTree Services

A restart cycle is as simple as:

docker-compose restart

Editing InvenTree Source

Any changes made to the InvenTree source code are automatically detected by the services running under docker.

Thus, you can freely edit the InvenTree source files in your editor of choice.

Database Updates

Any updates which require a database schema change must be reflected in the database itself.

To run database migrations inside the docker container, run the following command:

docker-compose run inventree-dev-server invoke update

Last update: July 31, 2022