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Akaunting is an open-source accounting software. They offer self hosted and managed platform to manage all your finances.

Here's a preview of accounting: Perview of Akaunting

Lets assume you have setup a machine with docker and docker-compose.

Follow through on the commands below and your own self hosted finance at the end of it. Though Akauntings docker docs are comprehensive, they dont have a documentation on making it secure

git clone https://github.com/akaunting/docker
cd docker
cp env/db.env.example env/db.env
cp env/run.env.example env/run.env

Now open the env/run.env file and set the parameters right.

Here's how the file should look:

# You should change this to match your reverse proxy DNS name and protocol
APP_URL=https://<your-domain.com> # No need of a trailing slash
LOCALE=en-US

# Don't change this unless you rename your database container or use rootless podman, in case of using rootless podman you should set it to 127.0.0.1 (NOT localhost)
DB_HOST=akaunting-db

# Change these to match env/db.env
DB_DATABASE=akaunting
DB_USERNAME=admin
DB_PASSWORD=akaunting_password

# You should change this to a random string of three numbers or letters followed by an underscore
DB_PREFIX=asd_

# These define the first company to exist on this instance. They are only used during setup.
COMPANY_NAME=<Your company name>
COMPANY_EMAIL=<Your company email>

# This will be the first administrative user created on setup.
ADMIN_EMAIL=<Admin email>
ADMIN_PASSWORD=<Admin password>

Save and close the file.

Make changes to docker-compose.yml

Edit the existing docker-compose.yml to add the caddy service to it.

Caddy is a highly performant reverse proxy server written in GoLang. Caddy takes care of reverse proxy and adding a wild card certificate to the domain.

version: '3.7'
services:
  akaunting:
    container_name: akaunting
    image: docker.io/akaunting/akaunting:latest
    build:
      context: .
    ports:
      - 8080:80
    volumes:
      - akaunting-data:/var/www/html/storage
      - akaunting-modules:/var/www/html/modules
    restart: unless-stopped
    env_file:
      - env/run.env
    environment:
      - AKAUNTING_SETUP
    depends_on:
      - akaunting-db
    networks:
      - app-network
    

  akaunting-db:
    container_name: akaunting-db
    image: mariadb
    volumes:
      - akaunting-db:/var/lib/mysql
    restart: unless-stopped
    env_file:
      - env/db.env
    networks:
      - app-network

  akaunting-update:
    image: containrrr/watchtower
    volumes:
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock
    command: --cleanup akaunting akaunting-db

  caddy:
    image: caddy:2.3.0-alpine
    container_name: caddy
    restart: unless-stopped
    ports:
      - "80:80"
      - "443:443"
    volumes:
      - ./Caddyfile:/etc/caddy/Caddyfile
    networks:
      - app-network
    depends_on: 
      - akaunting

volumes:
  akaunting-data:
  akaunting-modules:
  akaunting-db:


networks:
    app-network:
      driver: bridge

Add the Caddyfile in the same location as docker-compose.yml

Create a file called Caddyfile (no file extension name!) and add the following into it.

Caddyfile is how Caddy takes in configuration akin to the ngnix/sites-enabled files

<your-domain.com> {
    encode gzip
    reverse_proxy akaunting:80
}

Save and exit the file.

Start the setup

Now execute the following commands:

AKAUNTING_SETUP=true docker-compose up -d

In your browser open up <your-domain.com> and finish the Akaunting setup

Akaunting API key isnt necessary to complete the install, you can skip the step

Once setup is completed

Start the container again without the env variable that is required for setup.

docker-compose down -v
docker-compose up -d

Sweet Perk: Auto-updating your Akaunting installation

Included in the docker-compose.yml file is a container called watchtower which takes care of the auto updating

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