Docker Production Server¶
The following guide provides a streamlined production InvenTree installation, with minimal configuration required.
This setup guide should be considered a starting point. It is likely that your particular production requirements will vary from the example shown here.
Before You Start¶
Check the version
Please make sure you are reading the STABLE documentation when using the stable docker image tags.
Docker Skills Required
This guide assumes that you are reasonably comfortable with the basic concepts of docker and docker compose.
This production setup guide uses the official InvenTree docker image, available from dockerhub.
The provided docker compose file targets
inventree:stable by default.
A sample docker compose file is provided to sequence all the required processes.
If you require a different configuration, use this docker compose file as a starting point.
Static and Media Files¶
The sample docker compose configuration outlined on this page uses nginx to serve static files and media files. If you change this configuration, you will need to ensure that static and media files are served correctly.
Refer to the Serving Files section for more details
The following files required for this setup are provided with the InvenTree source, located in the
./docker/production directory of the InvenTree source code:
|docker-compose.yml||The docker compose script|
|nginx.prod.conf||nginx proxy configuration file|
This tutorial assumes you are working from the
./docker/production directory. If this is not the case, ensure that these required files are all located in your working directory.
No Source Required
For a production setup you do not need the InvenTree source code. Simply download the three required files from the links above!
The example docker compose file launches the following containers:
|inventree-server||Gunicorn web server|
|inventree-worker||django-q background worker|
|inventree-proxy||nginx proxy server|
|inventree-cache||redis cache (optional)|
A PostgreSQL database container which requires a username:password combination (which can be changed). This uses the official PostgreSQL image.
Runs an InvenTree web server instance, powered by a Gunicorn web server.
Runs the InvenTree background worker process. This spins up a second instance of the inventree container, with a different entrypoint command.
Nginx working as a reverse proxy, separating requests for static and media files, and directing everything else to Gunicorn.
This container uses the official nginx image.
Redis is used as cache storage for the InvenTree server. This provides a more performant caching system which can useful in larger installations.
This container uses the official redis image.
Redis on Docker
Docker adds an additional network layer - that might lead to lower performance than bare metal. To optimize and configure your redis deployment follow the official docker guide.
Disabled by default
The redis container is not enabled in the default configuration. This is provided as an example for users wishing to use redis.
To enable the redis container, run any
docker compose commands with the
--profile redis flag.
You will also need to un-comment the
INVENTREE_CACHE_<...> variables in the
InvenTree stores any persistent data (e.g. uploaded media files, database data, etc) in a volume which is mapped to a local system directory. The location of this directory must be configured in the
.env file, specified using the
Make sure you change the path to the local directory where you want persistent data to be stored.
When configuring a docker install, sometimes a misconfiguration can cause peculiar issues where it seems that the installation is functioning correctly, but uploaded files and plugins do not "persist" across sessions. In such cases, the "mounted" volume has not mapped to a directory on your local filesystem. This may occur if you have tried multiple setup options without clearing existing volume bindings.
Start with a clean slate
To prevent such issues, it is recommended that you start with a "clean slate" if you have previously configured an InvenTree installation under docker.
If you have previously setup InvenTree, remove existing volume bindings using the following command:
docker volume rm -f inventree-production_inventree_data
Production Setup Guide¶
Edit Environment Variables¶
The first step is to edit the environment variables, located in the
You must define the
INVENTREE_EXT_VOLUME variable - this must point to a directory on your local machine where persistent data is to be stored.
You must also define the database username (
INVENTREE_DB_USER) and password (
INVENTREE_DB_PASSWORD). You should ensure they are changed from the default values for added security
Initial Database Setup¶
Perform the initial database setup by running the following command:
docker compose run inventree-server invoke update
This command performs the following steps:
- Ensure required python packages are installed
- Create a new (empty) database
- 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
Create Administrator 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-server invoke superuser
Alternatively, admin account details can be specified in the
.env file, removing the need for this manual step:
|INVENTREE_ADMIN_USER||Admin account username|
|INVENTREE_ADMIN_PASSWORD||Admin account password|
|INVENTREE_ADMIN_EMAIL||Admin account email address|
Scrub Account Data
Ensure that the admin account credentials are removed from the
.env file after the first run, for security.
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 following containers:
inventree-db- PostgreSQL database
inventree-server- InvenTree web server
inventree-worker- Background worker
inventree-nginx- Nginx reverse proxy
Up and Running!
You should now be able to view the InvenTree login screen at http://localhost:1337
To update your InvenTree installation to the latest version, follow these steps:
Stop all running containers as below:
docker compose down
Pull down the latest version of the InvenTree docker image
docker compose pull
This ensures that the InvenTree containers will be running the latest version of the InvenTree source code.
docker compose commands must be performed in the same directory as the docker-compose.yml file
If you are targeting a particular "tagged" version of InvenTree, you may wish to edit the
INVENTREE_TAG variable in the
.env file before issuing the
docker compose pull command
Run the following command to ensure that the InvenTree database is updated:
docker compose run inventree-server invoke update
By default, the
invoke update command performs a database backup. To skip this step, add the
Now restart the docker containers:
docker compose up -d
Database and media files are stored external to the container, in the volume location specified in the
docker-compose.yml file. It is strongly recommended that a backup of the files in this volume is performed on a regular basis.
Read more about data backup.
Exporting Database as JSON¶
To export the database to an agnostic JSON file, perform the following command:
docker compose run inventree-server invoke export-records -f /home/inventree/data/data.json
This will export database records to the file
data.json in your mounted volume directory.