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Getting started

The goal of this guide is to get you up and running with a development environment for Edlib.

We are still working on documentation for setting up Edlib on-premise and in the cloud. Be sure to check back later if you are interested in this or contact us directly if you need any help or have any questions. You can also visit the discussions section on GitHub to se what other users have asked for or start your own discussion thread.


  • A recent version of Docker. Make sure you're on the latest (non distro-provided) version of docker-compose.
  • The git command-line utility
  • Ports 80, 443, 3306, 5432, 5672, 6379, 9200, and 15672 on the host machine must be unoccupied
  1. Edlib is a complex web application with the need of mulitple ports and HTTPS.
  2. Check the error log if there are problems with services not starting.
  3. Note that the following services will have the status Exited (0) after their run:
  • certs
  • common-startup
  • elasticsearch_password

The Docker Compose setup exists only for development purposes. Deployments of this setup to the public internet may pose a security risk.


  1. Clone the Edlib directory and navigate there

    git clone
    cd Edlib
  2. Copy localSetup/.env.example to localSetup/.env

    cp localSetup/.env.example localSetup/.env
  3. Start Edlib via Docker Compose

    docker compose up -d

    This step might take a while. You can check the status of services with

    docker compose ps
  4. Update your hosts files to point Edlib's services to On Linux, you can update your hosts file with scripts/ On Windows, you will have to update the file manually with the values found in the script.

    sudo scripts/
  5. Install the root certificate generated in data/nginx/ca/cacert.pem on your system. The exact procedure will vary depending on your operating system.

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