Monitoring your servers is very crucial for any business/hobby project. It helps in case anything goes wrong you’ll be the first to know that services are not working or ssl is expiring so that you can fix the same before anyone else would know.

Docker is a great tool for bootstraping the applications and ship them as self contained runnable package of application with single command. In this guide we’ll be using docker for deploying our self hosted monitoring tool uptime kuma.

Install docker on your server

curl -L | bash 

Create a volume for persisting our monitoring service data

sudo docker volume create uptime-kuma

Launch the monitoring service container with the following command

sudo docker run -d --restart=always -p -v uptime-kuma:/app/data --name uptime-kuma louislam/uptime-kuma

Install nginx on your server to use https and proxy our docker container’s traffic

sudo apt install nginx

Configure site settings to proxy the traffic to our monitoring app

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

Replace the file content with the following content in the config file

server  {
    listen 80;
    server_name; # replace with your actual domain pointed to this server's IP
    location / {
        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_set_header   Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header   Connection "upgrade";
        proxy_set_header   Host $host;

Install letsencrypt for adding suppport free SSL support the monitoring service

sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-nginx

Request certificate for your domain specfied in nginx config

sudo certbot --nginx -d # replace with your domain

Finally reload the nginx server to apply the config and visit your new monitoring service app

sudo service nginx reload

Uptime kuma image form Github

Github repo for the awesome opensource project

Uptime-Kuma (while you’re there, give them a ⭐ )