Installation via Docker

The installation via Docker is preferable when one wants to quickly get up and running with a working development environment. It is still recommended to check out the manual installation, as some aspects are explained there in much more detail. Note that compared to the other installation methods, Elasticsearch will never be used at the moment.

Installing the dependencies

The only dependency that is needed for this type of installation is Docker, specifically the Docker Engine.

The former can be installed running the following commands:

sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg lsb-release

# When using Debian
sudo mkdir -m 0755 -p /etc/apt/keyrings
curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg
echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg] $(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null
# When using Ubuntu
sudo mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings
curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg
echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg] $(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null

sudo apt update && sudo apt install docker-ce docker-ce-cli docker-buildx-plugin docker-compose-plugin

Running the application

To initially start the application as well as all necessary services, the following script included in the Kadi4Mat source code can be used, which will first build all services and then start them in the background:

sudo ${HOME}/workspace/kadi/bin/

There are various ways to manage and interact with the services, i.e. the running Docker containers, after starting them. The most common commands using docker compose are explained below. For more detailed instructions it is recommended to check out the official documentations of Docker <>. Note that the docker compose command needs access to the docker-compose.yml file in the project’s root directory, so it is recommended to always run it directly inside that directory.

To attach a terminal to the live log output of all services, including timestamps, the following command can be used:

sudo docker compose logs -tf

To stop and start all services, the following commands can be used respectively:

sudo docker compose stop
sudo docker compose start

To run arbitrary commands inside a container, the following command can be used:

sudo docker compose exec <service> <command>

For example, the following commands, which are run in the context of the kadi service, are especially useful for development:

sudo docker compose exec kadi kadi db sample-data                                  # Setup some sample users and resources
sudo docker compose exec kadi kadi celery worker -B --loglevel=INFO                # Start Celery to run background tasks
sudo docker compose exec kadi python -m smtpd -n -c DebuggingServer localhost:8025 # Start a local debugging SMTP server

For more information about these commands, please refer to the manual installation instructions.

Updating the application

After updating the application code via git, it should be enough to restart all services using:

sudo docker compose restart

In some cases, it may be necessary to rebuild the main kadi image or to update existing images of other services, which can both be done by running again as described above.

While mainly intended for productive installations, it is also recommended to take a look at the update notes, since some of the listed changes may also be relevant for development environments.