You can use Docker to have a local CONSUL installation for development if:

  • You're having troubles having prerequisites installed.

  • You want to do a quick local installation just to try CONSUL or make a demo.

  • You prefer not to interfer with other rails installations.


You should have installed Docker and Docker Compose in your machine:


You can follow the official docker install

Or if you have homebrew and cask installed you can just:

brew install docker
brew install docker-compose
brew cask install docker
open -a docker

You'll be asked to give Docker app permissions and type your password, then you're set.


  1. Install Docker:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 58118E89F3A912897C070ADBF76221572C52609D
    sudo apt-add-repository 'deb ubuntu-xenial main'
    sudo apt-get update
    apt-cache policy docker-engine
    sudo apt-get install -y docker-engine
  2. Install Docker Compose

    sudo curl -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose -L "$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)"
    sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose


Pending to be completed... Contributions Welcome!


Clone the repo on your computer and enter the folder:

git clone [email protected]:consul/consul.git
cd consul

macOS & Linux

Then lets create our secrets and database config files based on examples:

cp config/secrets.yml.example config/secrets.yml
cp config/database-docker.yml.example config/database.yml

Then you'll have to build the container with:

docker build -t consul .

Create your app database images:

POSTGRES_PASSWORD=password docker-compose up -d database

Once built you can initialize your development DB and populate it with:

POSTGRES_PASSWORD=password docker-compose run app rake db:create db:migrate
POSTGRES_PASSWORD=password docker-compose run app rake db:dev_seed


Pending to be completed... Contributions Welcome!

Running local CONSUL with Docker

macOS & Linux

Now we can finally run the application with:

POSTGRES_PASSWORD=password docker-compose up

And you'll be able to access it at your browser visiting http://localhost:3000

Additionally, if you want to run the rails console just run in another terminal:

POSTGRES_PASSWORD=password docker-compose run app rails console

To verify the containers are up execute:

docker ps .

You should see output similar to this: docker ps


Pending to be completed... Contributions Welcome!

Having trouble?

Run these commands at Consul's directory, to erase all your previous Consul's Docker images and containers. Then restart the Docker installation process:

  1. Remove all CONSUL images:

    docker-compose down --rmi all -v --remove-orphans
  2. Remove all CONSUL containers

    docker-compose rm -f -s -v
  3. Verify if there is some container yet:

    docker ps -a

    Case positive, remove each one manually:

    docker container rm <container_id>