Setup with Docker (Advanced)

The advanced setup is not that different from the simple setup, but may not be suitable for certain environments. Specifically, it uses different containers for the application running with PHP, and the web server. The docker-compose file also includes configuration for Redis, which increases performance.

Docker images used in this setup are named linkace/linkace:latest or linkace/linkace:1.5.2.

This setup is recommended when having full access to Docker, e.g. on a VPS or root server.

Base Requirements

  • Command-line access to your server
  • Docker version 19 or greater
  • docker-compose is recommended for the setup, must support compose version 3
  • Please consider using utf8mb4_bin as the database collation. Other collations like utf8mb4_general_ci may cause issues with different Unicode characters.
If you are using an ARM v7 operating system, please make sure that you have the latest version of libseccomp2 (> 2.4.4) installed. Otherwise, you will run into issues with our Docker images. A guide can be found on

Setup with Docker

1. Copy all needed files

Download the Docker setup package from the LinkAce repository and unpack it:

2. Edit the base configuration

You have to change the following settings in the .env file before starting the setup:

  • DB_PASSWORD - Please set a secure password here
  • REDIS_PASSWORD - Please set a secure password here
  • Add SESSION_DRIVER=redis and CACHE_DRIVER=redis as separate lines to the file

If you are unsure if the .env file is writable inside Docker, please make it writable for anybody (-rw-rw-rw- or 666). You can switch back to make it read only after the setup.

Your directory should look like this now:

├╴ .env
├╴ docker-compose.yml
├╴ nginx.conf
├╴ nginx-ssl.conf

3. Start the application

After you completed the above steps, run the following command to begin the container setup:

docker-compose up -d

4. Start the built-in setup

Open the URL which points to your Docker container in your browser now. You configure the database and your user account in this process.

5. Follow the post-installation steps

Please make sure to follow the post-installation steps now to fully enable all features.

The advanced Docker configuration page provides some guides for specific use cases for Docker, like setup with SSL or behind a proxy.