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Self-host open source Karrio

The core of Karrio is open-source and always will be. Docker is the easiest way to get started with self-hosted Karrio. However, for more specific deployments, you can explore the other options.

Hobby one-click install


  • A Linux Ubuntu Virtual Machine.

    • An instance with 2GB of RAM can handle approximately 100k events spread over a month
    • We highly recommend an instance with at least 4GB of RAM to handle any surges in event volume
  • Custom domain with the following records for your instance

    • Type A | Host api | Value Your instance IP.
    • Type A | Host app | Value Your instance IP.

Karrio will automatically create an SSL certificate for your domain using LetsEncrypt

Setting up the stack

To get started, all we need to do is run the following command, which will spin up a fresh Karrio deployment for us automatically!

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

You'll now be asked to provide the release tag you would like to use, as well as the domain you have connected to your instance.

Once everything has been setup, you should see the following message:

We will need to wait ~5-10 minutes for things to settle down, migrations to finish, and TLS certs to be issued

⏳ Waiting for Kario to boot (this will take a few minutes)

Karrio will wait here on a couple of tasks that need to be completed, which should only take a couple minutes.

Once this is complete, you should be able to see your Karrio dashboard on the domain you provided!

Customizing your deployment (optional)

By default, the docker-compose.yml file that gets run comes with a series of default config values that should work for most deployments. If you need to customize anything, you can take a look at the full list of environment variables. After making any changes, simply restart the stack with `docker-compose``.

Additionally, if you would like to run a different version of Karrio, you can change the tag for the web, worker, and plugins services. Check out here for a list of all available tags.


If you have already run the one-step deployment command above and something went wrong, this section covers a number of steps you can take to debug issues.

Hanging issue

If you see the following message ⏳ Waiting for Kario to boot (this will take a few minutes) after more than 10 minutes, it means that the deployment is hanging.

Generally, this is due to DNS configuration issues. Please make sure that:

  • your domain is correctly configured and that the DNS has propagated.
  • An SSL certificate can be issued for your domain. (No SSL certificate already issued by a service like Cloudflare...)

Checking that all containers are running

We can use docker ps to check that all of our services are running.

5e75020e3712   caddy:2.6.2                                      ...   karrio.caddy
04f057bbe2d9 ... karrio.worker
5b83c24af507 ... karrio.dashboard
fc0afd80f5a0 ... karrio.api
7fc842f7fc2c postgres ... karrio.db
087ab158467c redis ... karrio.redis

You should see all the same containers as above. If any containers aren't showing up or show that they've restarted recently, it's worth checking their logs to see what the issue is.

Checking the logs of each container

We can use the following command to check the logs for each of our containers.

docker logs <container_name>

The best place to start looking is in the karrio.api container, which runs all the database migrations and will produce an error if any have failed.


To upgrade, you can run the upgrade-hobby script from the Karrio repo.

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Warning: Before upgrading, make sure you have created back-ups of all your data!


If your server is struggling, you can either increase your instance size or move to Karrio Cloud for a hands-off experience

Docker-less installation

This is a more custom installation!


  • A Linux Debian (Ubuntu ideally) Machine.

Install system binary dependencies

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Install Karrio Python packages

python3 -m venv ./karrio
source ./karrio/bin/activate
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"