Run Hasura GraphQL Engine on DigitalOcean using Docker

This guide helps you set up the Hasura GraphQL engine (w/ or w/o HTTPS) on DigitalOcean using Docker.

Step 1: Create and prepare a droplet

  • Login to your DigitalOcean account
  • Click on create droplet then on One-click apps
  • Choose Docker from the One-click apps list
  • Choose your droplet size
  • Choose nearest datacenter region from your location
  • Select your SSH key (add if you haven’t added one)
  • Choose a hostname and then click on create button.
  • Now SSH into the droplet.

Step 2: Get required setup files

The hasura/graphql-engine/install-manifests/docker-compose and hasura/graphql-engine/install-manifests/docker-compose-https repos contains all installation manifests required to deploy Hasura on DigitalOcean.

Setup file download

Get the docker deployment file for HTTP installation from there:

$ wget

Get the docker deployment and Caddy file from there for HTTPS installation:

$ wget
$ wget

Step 3: Set access key to secure your GraphQL Engine

Edit value of HASURA_GRAPHQL_ACCESS_KEY in docker-compose.yaml and set a secure access key:

   HASURA_GRAPHQL_ACCESS_KEY: mysecretaccesskey
   HASURA_GRAPHQL_DATABASE_URL: postgres://postgres:@postgres:5432/postgres

Step 4: Set existing Postgres server (optional)

Edit value of HASURA_GRAPHQL_DATABASE_URL in docker-compose.yaml and set an existing Postgres server:

   HASURA_GRAPHQL_ACCESS_KEY: mysecretaccesskey
   HASURA_GRAPHQL_DATABASE_URL: postgres://user:password@hostname:port/dbname

Step 5: Set domain name for HTTPS (optional)

Now replace <> in Caddyfile with your domain name.


Now point domain to the public IP of the droplet in your domain DNS setting.

Step 6: Start GraphQL Engine

Run docker-compose up -d & then run docker ps to check if everything is running well.

It should look like this:

 CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                                  COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                                NAMES
33b3f3cfa4ad        abiosoft/caddy                         "/bin/parent caddy -…"   2 hours ago         Up 2 hours>80/tcp,>443/tcp, 2015/tcp   root_caddy_1
e2d60e13ab4e        hasura/graphql-engine:v1.0.0-alpha23   "graphql-engine serv…"   2 hours ago         Up 2 hours                                                               root_graphql-engine_1
2c8393a72865        postgres                               "docker-entrypoint.s…"   2 hours ago         Up 2 hours          5432/tcp                                             root_postgres_1

Step 7: Open the Hasura console

Head to to open the Hasura console if you installed on HTTPS.

Head to http://your-droplet-ip:8080/ to open the Hasura console if you installed on HTTP.