Running your own image host is a wise choice for anyone in the homelab scene. Here’s why: When you post images using other third-party services such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (X), or Imgur, you grant them rights to use or in some cases own your images. By self-hosting your images, you can maintain greater control over the quality, privacy, and distribution of your content.
Here’s how I set up my own image host:
For my homelab environment, I chose xBackbone as my image host. xBackbone is a powerful open-source framework that facilitates the development of web applications with Backbone.js.
This article will walk you through the process of setting up xBackbone in a Docker container using Docker Compose.
I chose to containerize it for future scalability.
Before we begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:
- Docker installed on your system. If you haven’t installed Docker yet, visit Docker’s official website for installation instructions.
- Docker Compose should also be installed. You can follow these instructions to install it.
Step 1: Create a Directory Structure
Create a directory for your xBackbone project and navigate to it. Within this directory, you will need to create a
docker-compose.yml file, which is used to define your application’s services and their configuration.
Step 2: Configure docker-compose.yml
docker-compose.yml file in your favorite text editor and add the following content:
your-xbackbone-image:tag with the Docker image you want to use for xBackbone. This configuration sets up a service named “xbackbone” and maps port 8080 on your host to port 80 inside the container.
Step 3: Create a Dockerfile
You’ll need a
Dockerfile in the same directory to build your custom xBackbone image. Here’s a basic
Dockerfile for reference:
COPY ./app /var/www/html
Step 4: Build and Run the Container
Build your custom image using the
docker build command:
docker build -t your-xbackbone-image:tag .
Once the image is built, you can start the xBackbone container using Docker Compose:
Step 5: Access Your xBackbone Application
Open a web browser and navigate to
http://localhost:8080 to access your xBackbone application running inside the Docker container.
You’ve successfully set up xBackbone in a Docker container using Docker Compose. This approach allows you to easily manage and deploy your xBackbone application, making development and testing a breeze. Enjoy developing your web applications with xBackbone in a controlled and isolated environment!