Uptime Kuma Setup

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Uptime Kuma is an open-source, self-hosted app that keeps track of the status of various services and notifies you if something goes down. It’s really sleek-looking and is super easy to use.

Here are the GitHub and Docker Hub links.

In this post, we’ll go over how to set it up on a raspberry pi. I’m using a raspberry pi 4b on Raspberry Pi OS Lite (64-bit), but it doesn’t really make too much difference in this case since we’re using Docker.

Installing Docker and Docker-Compose

First, we need to get Docker onto the machine. Feel free to skip this section if you already have Docker working.


Start by SSH-ing into the raspberry pi

Let’s just make sure everything is up to date first

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Now we’ll make a new user to run Docker

sudo useradd docker

Now if we run

cat /etc/passwd | grep docker

we should see a line like this


Let’s set a password

sudo passwd docker

Give it a strong password. Here’s a password generator from 1Password you can use.

Install Docker

Now we’ll install Docker. I’m largely taking this from the official docker documentation. We could also try to run it rootless, but honestly I’m not so concerned about it since this isn’t an external-facing machine and it’s only on my home network.

curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com -o get-docker.sh #get the official docker setup script
sudo sh get-docker.sh #execute it
rm get-docker.sh #remove it

Now we’ll set up the Docker group and add our user to it

sudo usermod -aG docker docker #the first 'docker' is the group and the second is the user

Let’s make sure Docker starts our containers whenever the system is started up

sudo systemctl enable docker

Install Docker-Compose

Python comes pre-loaded on raspberry pi OS, so we don’t have to worry about that, but we do have to install its package manager, pip.

sudo apt install python3-pip

Then we just run

sudo pip install docker-compose

and we’re done!

Validating This All Worked

Let’s just make sure this all worked.

Switch to the docker user

su docker

and make sure we can run Docker commands

docker run hello-world

We should get something like this back

Unable to find image 'hello-world:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from library/hello-world
93288797bd35: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:97a379f4f88575512824f3b352bc03cd75e239179eea0fecc38e597b2209f49a
Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world:latest

Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.


docker-compose -v

and we should get back the version of docker-compose we’re running. In my case it looked like this

docker-compose version 1.29.2, build unknown

Now run


to switch back to the user you initially logged in as (usually the pi user).

Install and Run Uptime Kuma

Let’s create a directory for our Docker containers to live in

sudo mkdir /var/docker #make /var/docker directory. This could be anywhere on your system. Just choose what's right for you.
sudo chown docker:docker /var/docker #let the docker user and group own that directory

Now we’ll switch to our docker user

su docker

and set up our file structure:

cd /var/docker
mkdir uptimekuma
mkdir uptimekuma/data
cd uptimekuma

We’ll create our docker-compose.yml file

nano docker-compose.yml

(Note: you might get some history warnings here. Don’t worry about it. It’s just because our docker user doesn’t have a home directory.)

and paste in the following

version: "3.1" #docker-compose api version

    image: louislam/uptime-kuma:latest #gets the latest image from dockerhub
    container_name: uptime-kuma #call the container uptime-kuma
      - /var/uptimekuma/data:/app/data #store data in the data folder we created
      - 3001:3001 #exposes the web service on port 3001
    restart: unless-stopped #restart the service unless explicitly told to stop it
      - no-new-privileges:true #prevent privilege escalation within the container

Now all we have to do is run

docker-compose up -d #add --force-recreate if you want to force it to re-initialize the container

This will download and run the uptime kuma Docker containter.

If we run

docker ps

it should return the details of our container, which should look like this

CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                    COMMAND                  CREATED          STATUS                             PORTS                                       NAMES
d71e47ba2df6   louislam/uptime-kuma:1   "/usr/bin/dumb-init …"   42 seconds ago   Up 16 seconds (health: starting)>3001/tcp, :::3001->3001/tcp   uptime-kuma

You can run exit twice to leave the docker user and your SSH session.

Done! Go Configure Uptime Kuma

If you go to http://X.X.X.X:3001 (replacing the Xs with your raspberry pi’s IP address), you should get the uptime kuma setup page

Setup Page

Just enter your desired username and password (don’t forget to use a strong password again!) and you’re ready to start using uptime kuma!