Install Homer Inside Docker Container in Linux

Install Homer Inside Docker Container in Linux

Homer is a web-based dashboard tool that provides a customizable interface for accessing frequently used web applications, services, and tools. Homer is an open-source project available under the Apache License 2.0.

This tutorial explains how to install Homer inside a Docker container in the Linux. Commands have been tested on Ubuntu.

Prepare environment

Make sure you have installed Docker in your system. If you are using Ubuntu, installation instructions can be found in the post.

Install Homer

Before starting, create a directory for assets:

sudo mkdir -p /opt/homer/assets

Set user, which ID is 1000 as owner for newly created directory:

sudo chown -R 1000:1000 /opt/homer

Note: it doesn't matter that user (ID: 1000) doesn't exist on host system. This user will be created in the container.

  • Host network

Run the following command to create a container for Homer that uses host network:

docker run -d --name=homer --restart=always --network=host \
    -v /opt/homer/assets:/www/assets \
  • User-defined bridge network

User-defined bridge network can be used for listening on different port. By default, Homer service is listening on port 8080. It can be changed with -p option.

docker network create app-net
docker run -d --name=homer --restart=always --network=app-net \
    -p 8081:8080 \
    -v /opt/homer/assets:/www/assets \

Testing Homer

To access dashboard, open a web browser and go to http://<IP_ADDRESS>:8080, where <IP_ADDRESS> is the IP address of the system.

Homer Inside Docker Container in Linux

Title, icons, links, colors, and services can be configured in the config.yml file.

sudo nano /opt/homer/assets/config.yml

Once the file was updated, refresh the browser to see changes.

Uninstall Homer

To completely remove Homer, remove its container:

docker rm --force homer

Remove Homer image:

docker rmi b4bz/homer

You can also remove Homer assets:

sudo rm -rf /opt/homer

If a user-defined bridge network was created, you can delete it as follows:

docker network rm app-net

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