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Create a new Network with Docker-Compose

This guide describes how to start a new instance of Trubudget using docker-compose.

We distinguish between two types of deployments:

  • The local deployment type which will create images from the code you have on your local machine and includes any changes you might have done
  • The alpha deployment type that will deploy Docker images out of the Docker Hub

For the alpha deployment, you can use tags to specify the version you want to use

The deployments are abstracted through shell scripts. We expect you to have a UNIX-like operating system which can execute shell scripts, e.g. Ubuntu. If not, take a look at the scripts and port them according to your operating system.

Table of Contents#


Docker & Docker Compose#

The whole deployment is based on Docker and Docker Compose, therefore you need to install Docker (version 20.10.7 or higher) and Docker Compose (version 1.29.2 or higher).

Ports and IP Addresses for TruBudget#

Make sure that the following ports are not blocked by other processes: 3000, 8080, 8090, 9000, 8081, 7447 , 7448. Also make sure that IPv4 subnet mask is free to use on your computer.

If the subnet mask or some ports are already used by other processes or programs, you can easily change the port in the .env file that is located in /scripts/operations/.

Verify version of TruBudget#

Start with checking out the repository:

git clone TruBudget

This will create a local copy of the latest source code in a folder called TruBudget (= your local checkout).

If you work with an existing checkout, make sure you have the latest changes:

git checkout maingit pull

Clean installation#

If you have previously started a TruBudget instance and want to start a new Blockchain network without previously stored data, remove the Docker volumes with:

sudo rm -r /alphaVolumesudo rm -r /beta1Volumesudo rm -r /minioVolumesudo rm -r /emaildbVolume

If this is either your first time starting TruBudget or you want to resume where you left off, skip this step.

Create a new Blockchain network#

Each Blockchain container comes with its own volume that persists the data of the Blockchain. To modify the host path, meaning the path where the data will be persisted on your local machine (docker volume), you can change it in the docker-compose file scripts/operation/docker-compose.yml.

The next step is to set all required environment properties, otherwise Docker will not receive the required parameters to start the deployment. If you want to start with the standard configuration we recommend copying the .env_example file and rename it to .env in the TruBudget base folder:

cd scripts/operation/cp .env_example .env

The .env in scripts/operation/ can be edited directly to fit your needs.


For detailed explanations of the environment variables, see the Environment Variables

To start the TruBudget in an easy way, use the bash script

If you want to start a setup with one blockchain, frontend, API and provisioning (for test data), run:

cd scripts/operation/bash --slim

If you want to add an additional blockchain node, email-notification-service, excel-export-service or storage-service, please take a look at the of operation setup

The frontend should be accessible via port 3000 on the server that it is running on: http://localhost:3000/

The API Swagger documentation should be accessible via port 8080 on the server that it is running on: http://localhost:8080/api/documentation/static/index.html

Create a new Blockchain network with two organization#

To connect two blockchains, you need to define exactly one alpha node and one or more beta nodes. The define a beta node, you must set the correct Environmental variables in a blockchain node in order to

  1. start a beta node with correct environmental variables
  2. send access requests to the alpha node

To understand how to set the environment variables correctly, read How to connect to a alpha node .

If you want to know what exactly happens when blockchain nodes are connecting, read the description of the Lifecycle.


The docker-compose file in scripts/operation/ comes with one additional blockchain node (beta-node) that tries to connect to the alpha node after starting. Each Blockchain container comes with its own volume that persists the data of the Blockchain.

To start TruBudget with two organizations (alpha and beta), run:

bash --slim --add-organization

This will create the blockchain, API and frontend for each of both organizations. You can access the frontend of the beta-node with http://localhost:3005/ and the for the alpha-node with http://localhost:3000/. This is defined in the docker-compose.yml file. The beta-node must be approved by the alpha-node. This can be done with the root user in the alpha frontend at the page http://localhost:3000/nodes. The name of both organization and other configurations are defined in the .env file (in the directory scripts/operation/).


If you need more beta-nodes, you have to change the docker-compose.yml file and in the directory scripts/operation/ by yourself.