Deploying Openchain in a production environment

In production, it is recommended to proxy the Openchain server behind a reverse proxy server such as Nginx. This architecture enables a number of possibilities:

  • Expose Openchain through SSL/TLS
  • Host multiple Openchain server instances on the same port
  • Change the URL path under which the Openchain server is being exposed
  • Route requests to different Openchain instances depending on the host name used

This document explain the few steps necessary to expose Openchain through Nginx.

Install Docker

Refer to the base Docker deployment documentation to find out how to install Docker and Docker Compose.

Pull the Docker images through Docker Compose

Clone the openchain/docker repository from GitHub, and copy the configuration files from the templates provided.

git clone openchain
cd openchain
cp templates/docker-compose-proxy.yml docker-compose.yml
cp templates/nginx.conf nginx/nginx.conf
mkdir data
cp templates/config.json data/config.json

Edit the configuration file (data/config.json) as described in the base Docker deployment documentation.

You can now start the server:

docker-compose up -d


By default, Nginx will run on port 80.