dokku – move wordpress site with duplicator


about dokku

Docker powered mini-Heroku. The smallest PaaS implementation you’ve ever seen.

Dokku allow us to run an app inside docker containers and scale easily -just like heroku does-

We have a microsite made with wordpress which we wanted to move inside dokku. The first thing you need is to install duplicator in your original website, create a package and build it, download the installer.php and the zip file.

We’ll use the dokku-wordpress script to generate the required files. It has the following requirements

A Dokku server. Tested on 0.7.2+
The dokku-mysql plugin
make installed locally
curl or wget installed locally

To install the dokku-mysql plugin just ssh into the dokku server and run

sudo dokku plugin:install mysql

Then clone the dokku-wordpress repository to your local machine, run the command and follow the instructions that are printed in the command line from the last command and take note of the DATABASE_URL when you link the database container

git clone
cd dokku-wordpress
make build APP_NAME=testapp SERVER_NAME=<ip or name>

# run the following commands on the server to setup the app:

dokku apps:create testapp

# setup plugins persistent storage

mkdir -p /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/testapp-plugins
chown 32767:32767 /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/testapp-plugins
dokku storage:mount testapp /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/testapp-plugins:/app/wp-content/plugins

# setup upload persistent storage

mkdir -p /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/testapp-uploads
chown 32767:32767 /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/testapp-uploads
dokku storage:mount testapp /var/lib/dokku/data/storage/testapp-uploads:/app/wp-content/uploads

# setup your mysql database and link it to your app

dokku mysql:create testapp-database
dokku mysql:link testapp-database testapp

# you will also need to set the proper environment variables for keys and salts
# the following were generated using the wordpress salt api:
# and use the following commands to set them up:

dokku config:set testapp AUTH_KEY='Q<z4;VJkx#Jd;tV^d?ex^jwM^z/|b.$w,f4x[/vgCSVXKhZ|aO1p,'
dokku config:set testapp SECURE_AUTH_KEY='>zR1uL02;5+pDRA%HEz!~ty])hV^@;-s-`-rk`W+)zfdeWQ&e=yZM.j)M0Q4}xk1'
dokku config:set testapp LOGGED_IN_KEY=':5W#<&PO*_B7<Cj?7aLrbq|8PoF?2ZR.?_DAki*e3Oh!+RM@Ga@q6:L~(p=!D,SyHwa$B5.Fk'
dokku config:set testapp LOGGED_IN_SALT='xv$Lq]/6bowHaMF@Eff5fL/ab,-pu,P,Jh4U{uiIE~>mog<.O9gDW2+!IOo$M*='
dokku config:set testapp NONCE_SALT='dj8^5?t=V-,nV7}-{*bnz7b7vb.=N1:~BrMC`-D{GLl(k[+}!hh#D[tk#TcG;7|'

# now, on your local machine, change directory to your new wordpress app, and push it up

cd testapp
git push dokku master

then you'll have a vanilla wordpress deployed in dokku.

You should have a directory generated in the cloned folder named after your app, get into it and delete all the files except the following (notice there are hidden files)


copy the files downloaded from duplicator inside this folder and deploy doing a git push dokku

open your app's url pointing to installer.php file and follow the instructions. Use the values from the DATABASE_URL generated earlier, if you didn't take note, you can get it by running the command

ssh -t dokku@<ip or name> config <appname>

use that values for the DB configuration step and continue with the setup.
for example if you have the following DATABASE_URL

the corresponding values would be


done! you should have cloned successfully your wordpress site into dokku.



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