Getting started

Learn how to install a ThumbSniper test-drive in your own environment

This guide should enable you to easily deploy a working ThumbSniper instance by using Docker containers. Although it's (technically) possible to do everything on your own, using Docker is a great way to simplify tasks. For a manual installation, please refer to the manual installation guide. Please be aware that the Docker images are pre-configured with a lot of default options. These are not meant for production environments, so you should modify these options accordingly. That's also explained in the manual installation guide.


  • a system with a working Docker environment:
    • Docker 1.10.0+
    • Docker Compose 1.6.0+
  • Docker containers should be allowed to reach the internet

Domain & IP setup

The Docker images are pre-configured with the domain Please add the following line to the file /etc/hosts on the machine that is accessing the ThumbSniper environment (commonly the machine with your web browser):


Create and prepare host directories

The easiest way to run the entire ThumbSniper environment is to use docker-compose:

This guide assumes that the Docker Compose project is kept within the directory /data/thumbsniper on your Docker host, so the following directory is required and needs to be created.

Run as user root:

mkdir -p /data/thumbsniper
chmod 750 /data/thumbsniper

The name of this directory is used as the Docker Compose project name and may also contain additional files in the future.

Set up Docker images

The following steps describe how to fetch and run the example Docker containers.

Download docker-compose configuration

Download the latest docker-compose.yml file as shown below:

curl -o /data/thumbsniper/docker-compose.yml \

(optional) Pull Docker images prior running the project

You may want to fetch the images defined in docker-compose.yml as a single step. This has to be done from the working directory /data/thumbsniper. If this step is skipped, the Docker images will be pulled automatically upon project start.

cd /data/thumbsniper
docker-compose pull

Start Docker containers

Your environment should now be ready to start.

The following command will (pull and) create all required containers. The option "-d" starts all project containers in detached (background) mode:

cd /data/thumbsniper
docker-compose up -d

You should then see log messages about the container creation similar to this:

Creating network "thumbsniper_default" with the default driver
Creating volume "thumbsniper_web_thumbnails" with default driver
Creating volume "thumbsniper_mongo_data" with default driver
Creating thumbsniper_mongo_1
Creating thumbsniper_redis_1
Creating thumbsniper_web_1
Creating thumbsniper_agent-normal_1
Creating thumbsniper_agent-image_1
Creating thumbsniper_agent-longrun_1

If this worked, examine the docker-compose process list:

docker-compose ps

It should look like this:

           Name                         Command              State         Ports
thumbsniper_mongo_1          / mongod           Up    27017/tcp
thumbsniper_redis_1          / redis-serve ...  Up    6379/tcp
thumbsniper_web_1            /                        Up>80/tcp
thumbsniper_agent-normal_1   /                       Up
thumbsniper_agent-longrun_1  /                       Up
thumbsniper_agent-image_1    /                       Up

Your project should now be ready. Do you see state "Up" for all containers, too? Well done!

Create an admin account for Panel

Visit with your browser (remember the "/etc/hosts" settings) and register a new user account. Please use the e-mail address This is a pre-configured address which currently does not need to be a real address within this test-drive context. It will give you administrative permissions for your account.

The admin-view mode can be toggled on the top-right menu after clicking on your user name.