How To Easily Set Up Umami With Docker (Step-by-Step)

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Published: 21.08.2022

Do you want to set up Umami for your Website or Web Application with Docker? In this step-by-step guide, we will first look at what Umami is and then how to set it up!

What is Umami?

Umami is a simple and lightweight, open-source analytics software used as an alternative to Google Analytics. One reason why you should consider it over Google Analytics is that it does not track users across websites and is GDPR compliant, as stated on their website here. With that, you also do not need to display annoying cookie notices!

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Docker setup for Umami

Setting up Umami with Docker is pretty simple. You need to create the following two containers:

Umami itself offers a pretty good docker-compose template (here), that I modified a little bit for my needs:

        container_name: umami
            - "3000:3000"

        # use expose if you use my nginx setup (link in conclusion)
        # expose:
        #     - "3000"
            DATABASE_URL: postgresql://umami:umami123@umami-db:5432/umami
            DATABASE_TYPE: postgresql
            HASH_SALT: <random-string>
            - umami-db
        restart: always

        container_name: umami-db
        image: postgres:12-alpine
            POSTGRES_DB: umami
            POSTGRES_USER: umami
            POSTGRES_PASSWORD: umami123
            - ./umami/data:/var/lib/postgresql/data
        restart: always

After building all containers by running docker-compose up -d or docker compose up -d you can access umami under your machine’s IP with the port 3000. For example http://localhost:3000.

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Set up a Website for Tracking in Umami

In this section, we will add a new Website for tracking to our newly created Umami instance. For that we first need to log in with the data set in the umami container and then follow these steps:

  1. Click on “+ Add a website”
  2. Give it a name and add your domain
  3. Copy the snippet and add it to the HTML head of your website!
    Set Up Umami with Docker: Get the tracking code


Setting up Umami with Docker for your website is super simple and has a lot of benefits. In case you want to set it up with HTTPS check out my guide on an automated SSL and Reverse-Proxy setup here.


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