Install Ghost with Docker Compose
This article is for those looking for a detailed and straightforward guide on installing Ghost with Docker Compose.
In this guide, we will consider the case when you already have a server with the Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS operating system installed on it.
You can read more about how to install Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS in my guide “Install Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS”.
Also, the server must have Docker Engine and Docker Compose installed.
You can learn how to install Docker Engine and Docker Compose on Ubuntu Server by reading “Install Docker Engine and Docker Compose on Ubuntu Server”.
In addition, OpenSSH must be installed on the server, and port 22 must be open in order to be able to connect to the server using the SSH protocol.
To install OpenSSH on a server, you can use the command:
If you plan to connect to the server using the Windows operating system, you can use PuTTY or MobaXterm.
This guide describes how to connect to a server using the iTerm2 terminal emulator installed on the macOS operating system.
Please note that you will need to open the following TCP ports to access your server:
- TCP port 80 - to receive a free cryptographic certificate through the Let’s Encrypt CA.
- TCP port 443 - to access the Ghost web interface.
We connect to the server on which you plan to install Ghost.
Now you need to create a YAML configuration file that will contain all the necessary conditions for Ghost to work.
Let’s create a YAML configuration file using a text editor using the command:
Hit the “i” button to go into edit mode, then insert the following configuration for Ghost to work.
Next, you need to make changes to the configuration so that the contents of the file match your conditions. Parameters that need to be checked or changed are marked “(replace with yours)”.
In this guide, the ghost.heyvaldemar.net subdomain will be used to access Ghost from the Internet. You will need to specify your domain or subdomain by which your Ghost will be accessible from the Internet.
Please note that in this guide, MySQL will be used as a database management system, and Traefik will be used as a reverse proxy.
In the “traefik.http.middlewares.authtraefik.basicauth.users” parameter, you must specify the username and password hash to access the Traefik dashboard.
Please note that you can use this service to get the password hash.
Now press the “Esc” button to exit edit mode, then type “:x” and press the “Enter” button to save your changes and exit the editor.
Now let’s start Ghost with the command:
To continue the Ghost installation process, you need to go from the workstation to the link https://ghost.heyvaldemar.net/ghost, where ghost.heyvaldemar.net is the name of my server. Accordingly, you need to provide the name of your Ghost server.
The next step is to provide: the site title, your full name, an email address and a password to create a Ghost administrator account.
Click on the “Create account & start publishing” button.
Welcome to the Ghost control panel.
To access the Traefik control panel, go to the link https://traefik.ghost.heyvaldemar.net from the workstation, where traefik.ghost.heyvaldemar.net is the name of my server. Accordingly, you need to specify the name of your server with Traefik installed.
Specify the username and password specified earlier in the YAML configuration file and click on the “OK” button.
Welcome to the Traefik dashboard.