Running Baserow locally

If you just want to try out Baserow on your local computer, it is best to use docker-compose. The provided docker-compose.yml file will run a local version of Baserow only accessible on the machine it is running on.

Please note, the Docker and compose files provided by Baserow are currently only intended for local use. Exposing these containers publicly on the internet is not currently supported and is done at your own risk.

Quickstart

If you are familiar with git and docker-compose run these commands to launch baserow locally, otherwise please start from the Installing Requirements section below.

$ git clone --branch master https://gitlab.com/bramw/baserow.git
$ cd baserow
$ docker-compose up

Installing requirements

If you haven’t already installed docker and docker-compose on your computer you can do so by following the instructions on https://docs.docker.com/desktop/ and https://docs.docker.com/compose/install/.

Docker version 19.03 is the minimum required to build Baserow. It is strongly advised however that you install the latest version of Docker available: 20.10. Please check that your docker is up to date by running docker -v.

You will also need git installed which you can do by following the instructions on https://www.linode.com/docs/development/version-control/how-to-install-git-on-linux-mac-and-windows/ .

After installing all the required software you should be able to run the following commands in your terminal.

$ docker -v
Docker version 20.10.6, build 370c289
$ docker-compose -v
docker-compose version 1.26.2, build eefe0d31
$ git --version
git version 2.24.3 (Apple Git-128)

If all commands return something similar as described in the example, then you are ready to proceed!

Starting baserow using docker-compose

Note that this has only been tested on MacOS Catalina and Ubuntu 20.04. If you run into any issues with other operating systems, feel free to contact us via the form on https://baserow.io/contact.

For example purposes I have created a directory in my home folder named baserow. You can of course follow the steps in any directory, but in this tutorial I will assume the working directory is ~/baserow.

First we have to clone the repository. Execute the following commands to clone the master branch. If you are not familiar with git clone, this will download a copy Baserow’s code to your computer.

$ cd ~/baserow
$ git clone --branch master https://gitlab.com/bramw/baserow.git
Cloning into 'baserow'...
...
$ cd baserow

Now that we have our copy of the repo and have changed directories to the newly created baserow, we can bring up the containers. You just have to execute the docker-compose up command. It might take a while for the command to finish, this is because the image has to be built from scratch.

$ docker-compose up
Building backend
...
Starting db             ... done
Starting mjml           ... done
Starting backend        ... done
Starting celery         ... done
Starting web-frontend   ... done

Once everything has finished, you can visit http://localhost:3000 in your browser and you should be redirected to the login screen. From here you can create a new account and start using the software.

Baserow will not be accessible by default from machines other than the one it is running on. Please see the docker how to on how to configure Baserow so you can access it over a network or the internet.

Further Reading

  • See docker how to guide for a larger collection of useful operations and commands.
  • See docker usage for more detail on how Baserow’s docker setup can be used and configured.