Docker Compose


This page describes the tasks necessary to deploy Curiefense using Docker Compose. The tasks are described sequentially below:

During this process, you might find it helpful to read the descriptions (which include the purpose, secrets, and network/port details) of the services and their containers: Services and Container Images

If during this process you need to rebuild an image, see the instructions here: Building/Rebuilding an Image.

Clone the Repository

Clone the repository, if you have not already done so:

git clone

This documentation assumes it has been cloned to ~/curiefense.

TLS Setup

A Docker Compose deployment can use TLS for communication with Curiefense's UI server and also for the protected service, but this is optional. (If you do not choose to set it up, HTTPS will be disabled.)

If you do not want Curiefense to use TLS, then skip this step and proceed to the next section. Otherwise, generate the certificate(s) and key(s) now.

To enable TLS for the protected site/application, go to curiefense/deploy/compose/curiesecrets/curieproxy_ssl/ and do the following:

  • Edit site.crt and add the certificate.

  • Edit site.key and add the key.

To enable TLS for the nginx server that is used by uiserver, go to curiefense/deploy/compose/curiesecrets/uiserver_ssl/and do the following:

  • Edit ui.crt and add the certificate.

  • Edit ui.key and add the key.

Set Deployment Variables

Docker Compose deployments can be configured in two ways:

  • By setting values for variables in deploy/compose/.env

  • Or by setting OS environment variables (which will override any variables set in.env)

These variables are described below.

Curiefense uses the storage defined here for synchronizing configuration changes between confserver and the Curiefense sidecars.

By default, this points to the local_bucket Docker volume:


For multi-node deployments, or to use S3 for a single node, replace this value with the URL of an S3 bucket:


In that case, you will need to supply AWS credentials in deploy/compose/curiesecrets/s3cfg, following this template:



The address of the destination service for which Curiefense acts as a reverse proxy. By default, this points to the echo container, which simply echoes the HTTP requests it receives.


Defaults to main (the latest stable image, automatically built from the main branch). To run a version that matches the contents of your working directory, use the following command:

DOCKER_TAG="$(git describe --tag --long --dirty)-$(git rev-parse --short=12 HEAD:curiefense)"

Deploy Curiefense

Once the tasks above are completed, run these commands:

cd curiefense/deploy/compose/
docker-compose up

Test the Deployment

After deployment, the Echo service should be running and protected behind Curiefense. You can test the success of the deployment by querying it:

$ curl http://localhost:30081/
Request served by echo

HTTP/1.1 GET /

Host: localhost:30081
X-Envoy-Internal: true
X-Request-Id: 57dd8be5-6040-491a-903e-7ef3734ab9db
X-Envoy-Expected-Rq-Timeout-Ms: 15000
User-Agent: curl/7.74.0
Accept: */*
X-Forwarded-Proto: http

Also verify the following:

Clean Up

To stop all containers and remove any persistent data stored in volumes, run the following commands:

docker-compose rm -f && docker volume prune -f

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