This method is for deploying Open edX locally on a single server, where docker images are orchestrated with docker-compose.
Tutor is compatible with the
docker compose subcommand. However, this support is still in beta and we’re not sure it will behave the same as the previous
docker-compose command. So
docker-compose will be preferred, unless you set an environment variable
TUTOR_USE_COMPOSE_SUBCOMMAND to enforce using
In the following, environment and data files will be generated in a user-specific project folder which will be referred to as the “project root”. On Linux, the default project root is
~/.local/share/tutor. An alternative project root can be defined by passing the
--root=... option to the
tutor command, or defining the
TUTOR_ROOT=... environment variable:
tutor --root=/path/to/tutorroot run ... # Or equivalently: export TUTOR_ROOT=/path/to/tutorroot tutor run ...
All available commands can be listed by running:
tutor local --help
A fully-functional platform can be configured and run in one command:
tutor local launch
But you may want to run commands one at a time: it’s faster when you need to run only part of the local deployment process, and it helps you understand how your platform works. In the following, we decompose the
tutor config save --interactive
This is the only non-automatic step in the installation process. You will be asked various questions about your Open edX platform and appropriate configuration files will be generated. If you would like to automate this step then you should run
tutor config save --interactive once. This will generate a
config.yml file in the project root. This file contains all the configuration values for your platform, such as randomly generated passwords, domain names, etc. The location of the project root can be found by running
tutor config printroot. See section above.
If you want to run a fully automated installation, upload the
config.yml file to wherever you want to run Open edX. You can then entirely skip the configuration step.
Update docker images
tutor local dc pull
This downloads the latest version of the Docker images from Docker Hub. Depending on your bandwidth, this might take a long time. Minor image updates will be incremental, and thus much faster.
Running Open edX
tutor local start
This will launch the various docker containers required for your Open edX platform. The LMS and the Studio will then be reachable at the domain name you specified during the configuration step.
To stop the running containers, just hit Ctrl+C.
In production, you will probably want to daemonize the services. To do so, run:
tutor local start --detach
And then, to stop all services:
tutor local stop
tutor local do init
This command should be run just once. It will initialise all applications in a running platform. In particular, this will create the required databases tables and apply database migrations for all applications.
If initialisation is stopped with a
Killed message, this certainly means the docker containers don’t have enough RAM. See the Troubleshooting section.
By default, logs from all containers are forwarded to the default Docker logging driver: this means that logs are printed to the standard output when running in non-daemon mode (
tutor local start). In daemon mode, logs can still be accessed with
tutor local logs commands (see logging).
In addition, all LMS and CMS logs are persisted to disk by default in the following files:
$(tutor config printroot)/data/lms/logs/all.log $(tutor config printroot)/data/cms/logs/all.log
Finally, tracking logs that store user events are persisted in the following files:
$(tutor config printroot)/data/lms/logs/tracking.log $(tutor config printroot)/data/cms/logs/tracking.log
You can view your platform’s containers:
tutor local status
Notice the State column in the output. It will tell you whether each container is starting, restarting, running (
Up), cleanly stopped (
Exit 0), or stopped on error (
Exit N, where N ≠ 0).
Creating a new user with staff and admin rights
You will most certainly need to create a user to administer the platform. Just run:
tutor local do createuser --staff --superuser yourusername email@example.com
You will be asked to set the user password interactively.
Importing the demo course
After a fresh installation, your platform will not have a single course. To import the Open edX demo course, run:
tutor local do importdemocourse
Setting a new theme
The default Open edX theme is rather bland, so Tutor makes it easy to switch to a different theme:
tutor local do settheme mytheme
Out of the box, only the default “open-edx” theme is available. We also developed Indigo, a beautiful, customizable theme which is easy to install with Tutor.
./manage.py command provided by Open edX can be run in a local platform deployed with Tutor. For instance, to delete a course, run:
tutor local run cms ./manage.py cms delete_course <your_course_id>
To update the course search index, run:
# Run this command periodically to ensure that course search results are always up-to-date. tutor local run cms ./manage.py cms reindex_course --all --setup
Reloading Open edX settings
After modifying Open edX settings, for instance when running
tutor config save, you will want to restart the web processes of the LMS and the CMS to take into account those new settings. It is possible to simply restart the whole platform (with
tutor local reboot) or just a single service (
tutor local restart lms) but that is overkill. A quicker alternative is to send the HUP signal to the uwsgi processes running inside the containers. The “openedx” Docker image comes with a convenient script that does just that. To run it, execute:
tutor local exec lms reload-uwsgi
Customizing the deployed services
You might want to customise the docker-compose services listed in
$(tutor config printroot)/env/local/docker-compose.yml. To do so, you should create a
docker-compose.override.yml file in that same folder:
vim $(tutor config printroot)/env/local/docker-compose.override.yml
The values in this file will override the values from
docker-compose.prod.yml, as explained in the docker-compose documentation.
Similarly, the job service configuration can be overridden by creating a
docker-compose.jobs.override.yml file in that same folder.