Docker installation

Docker is the easiest way to get a Funkwhale instance up and running.

We support two types of Docker deployments:

  • Mono-container: all processes live in the same container (database, nginx, redis, etc.). It’s easier to deploy and to integrate with container management systems like Portainer. However, it’s not possible to scale this type of deployment on multiple servers.

  • Multi-container: each process lives in a dedicated container. This setup is more involved but also more flexible and scalable.


We do not distribute Docker images for non-amd64 architectures yet. However, you can easily build those images yourself following our instructions, and come back to this installation guide once the build is over.

Mono-container installation


This installation method was contributed by @thetarkus, at

These are the installation steps:

  1. Install docker

  2. Create funkwhale user

  3. Create .env file

  4. Create docker-compose.yml file

  5. Start Funkwhale service

Install docker

Ensure you have Docker and docker-compose installed.

Create funkwhale user

Create the user and the directory:

sudo useradd -r -s /usr/bin/nologin -m -d /srv/funkwhale -U -G docker funkwhale
cd /srv/funkwhale

Log in as the newly created user from now on:

sudo -u funkwhale -H bash

Create .env file

Create a .env file to store a few important configuration options:

touch .env
chmod 600 .env  # reduce permissions on the .env file since it contains sensitive data
cat > .env << EOF
# Replace 'your.funkwhale.example' with your actual domain
# Protocol may also be: http
# This limits the upload size
# Bind to localhost
# Container port you want to expose on the host
# Generate and store a secure secret key for your instance
DJANGO_SECRET_KEY=$(openssl rand -hex 45)
# Remove this if you expose the container directly on ports 80/443

Create docker-compose.yml file

Create a docker-compose.yml file to set up the containers:

version: "3"
    container_name: funkwhale
    restart: unless-stopped
    # change version number here when you want to do an upgrade
    image: funkwhale/all-in-one:1.1.4
    env_file: .env
      # adapt to the pid/gid that own /srv/funkwhale/data
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - /srv/funkwhale/data:/data
      - /path/to/your/music/dir:/music:ro
      - "5000:80"


  • The version can be changed (after funkwhale/all-in-one:), select the version you want to deploy.

  • PUID and PGID are optional but useful to prevent permission issues with docker volumes

  • /path/to/your/music/dir should point to a path on your host where music you would like to import is located. You can safely remove the volume if you don’t want to import music that way.

Start Funkwhale service

Start the container:

docker-compose up -d

Your container should start in the background, and your instance be available at yourip:5000 shortly.

You will need an admin account to login and manage your account, create one using the following command: docker exec -it funkwhale manage createsuperuser

Useful commands:

  • You can start and stop your instance using docker-compose start and docker-compose stop, respectively

  • You can examine the logs by running docker logs -f --tail=50 funkwhale

  • To have a better idea of the resource usage of your instance (CPU, memory), run docker stats funkwhale

Now, you just need to configure your reverse-proxy. Don’t worry, it’s quite easy.

Multi-container installation

First, ensure you have Docker and docker-compose installed.

Export the version you want to deploy (e.g., 0.21):

export FUNKWHALE_VERSION="1.1.4"

Download the sample docker-compose file:

mkdir /srv/funkwhale
cd /srv/funkwhale
mkdir nginx
curl -L -o nginx/funkwhale.template "${FUNKWHALE_VERSION}/deploy/docker.nginx.template"
curl -L -o nginx/funkwhale_proxy.conf "${FUNKWHALE_VERSION}/deploy/docker.funkwhale_proxy.conf"
curl -L -o docker-compose.yml "${FUNKWHALE_VERSION}/deploy/docker-compose.yml"

At this point, the architecture of /srv/funkwhale should look like that:

├── docker-compose.yml
└── nginx
    ├── funkwhale_proxy.conf
    └── funkwhale.template

Create your env file:

curl -L -o .env "${FUNKWHALE_VERSION}/deploy/"
chmod 600 .env  # reduce permissions on the .env file since it contains sensitive data
sudo nano .env

Ensure to edit it to match your needs (this file is heavily commented), in particular DJANGO_SECRET_KEY and FUNKWHALE_HOSTNAME. You should take a look at the configuration reference for more detailed information regarding each setting.

Then, you should be able to pull the required images:

docker-compose pull

Run the database container and the initial migrations:

docker-compose up -d postgres
docker-compose run --rm api python migrate


You may sometimes get the following warning while applying migrations:

"Your models have changes that are not yet reflected in a migration, and so won't be applied."

This is a warning, not an error, and it can be safely ignored. Never run the makemigrations command yourself.

Create your admin user:

docker-compose run --rm api python createsuperuser

Then launch the whole thing:

docker-compose up -d

Now, you just need to configure your reverse-proxy. Don’t worry, it’s quite easy.

About music acquisition

If you want to import music located on the server, you can put it in the data/music directory and it will become readable by the importer.