Deploy from Source
OpenReplay can be deployed from source. Its main components (Backend, API and Frontend) need to be built and pushed to your own container registry, before doing the installation.
The minimum specs for the machine running OpenReplay are
2 vCPUs, 8 GB of RAM, 50 GB of storage, otherwise OpenReplay backend services won’t simply start. This should be enough for a low/moderate volume. If you’re expecting high traffic, you should scale from here.
1. PrerequisitesSection titled 1. Prerequisites
- Install docker:
sudo apt update sudo apt install docker.io -y user=`whoami` sudo chown $user /var/run/docker.sock
- Clone OpenReplay repo:
git clone https://github.com/openreplay/openreplay
2. Build Backend servicesSection titled 2. Build Backend services
Login to your container registry using
docker login <registry_url>. If you have a docker hub account, then simply run
Build the backend components then push them to your container registry:
cd openreplay/backend sudo IMAGE_TAG=<my_tag_number> PUSH_IMAGE=1 DOCKER_REPO=index.docker.io/<username> bash build.sh
Note that the tag name can be any string you want, it’ll be created on your Docker Registry and it’ll be used to identify this particular version of the code (useful if you’re also modifying the code).
If everything goes well, you should have, in your Docker registry, a list of images built from the source code you had, ready to be installed. The list of images is:
3. Updates ImagesSection titled 3. Updates Images
- Create your container registry secret:
kubectl create secret -n app docker-registry my-registry-secret \ --docker-server=MY_CONTAINER_REGISTRY_URL \ # not required if docker hub --docker-username=MY_CONTAINER_REGISTRY_USERNAME \ --docker-password=MY_CONTAINER_REGISTRY_PASSWORD \ --email@example.com
- To use the components you just built and pushed to your container registry, update the
vars.yamlfile, located inside the
openreplay/scripts/helmchartsfolder. Just add a section for each image you have on your docker registry with the following information:
repository: should point to MY_CONTAINER_REGISTRY_URL/COMPONENT_NAME (if you’re using Docker Hub, use the
<username>/<component name>format instead)
pullPolicy: set to “Always”
tag: the value of IMAGE_TAG used when building Backend and API
imagePullSecrets: the container registry secret
Note that any image you don’t reference inside the
vars.yaml file will be deployed and installed from the official repository of OpenReplay, which means you won’t have the version built from your source code.
Below is an example for the
alerts: image: repository: rg.fr-par.scw.cloud/foss/alerts pullPolicy: Always tag: "v1.4.2" imagePullSecrets: - name: my-registry-secret
Install OpenReplaySection titled Install OpenReplay
domainName: this is where OpenReplay will be accessible (i.e. openreplay.mycompany.com)
- Install OpenReplay:
cd openreplay/scripts/helmcharts helm upgrade --install databases ./databases -n db --create-namespace --wait -f ./vars.yaml --atomic helm upgrade --install openreplay ./openreplay -n app --create-namespace --wait -f ./vars.yaml --atomic
If you ever modify the source code of the back-end services or the DB service, you’ll have to go back to step 3 and then run the above commands once again.
Configure TLS/SSLSection titled Configure TLS/SSL
OpenReplay deals with sensitive user data and therefore requires HTTPS to run. This is mandatory, otherwise the tracker simply wouldn’t start recording. Same thing for the dashboard, without HTTPS you won’t be able to replay user sessions.
You must therefore bring (or generate) your own SSL certificate.
First, go to DNS service provider and create an
A Record. Use the domain you previously provided during the installation step and point it to your machine using its public IP.
If you’re bringing your own certificate, create Kubernetes SSL secret using the following command:
kubectl create secret tls openreplay-ssl -n app --key="private_key_file.pem" --cert="certificate.crt".
Note: If you don’t have a certificate, generate one, that auto-renews, for your subdomain (the one provided during installation) using Let’s Encrypt. Run
cd openreplay/scripts/helmcharts && bash certmanager.shand follow the steps.
- If you wish to enable http to https redirection (recommended), then uncomment the below block, under the
ingress-nginx: &ingress-nginx controller: config: ssl-redirect: true force-ssl-redirect: true
It’s worth mentioning that our
ingress-nginx runs by default on ports
80|443, but this can be easily changed, if needed, in
ingress-nginx: &ingress-nginx controller: service: ports: http: 80 https: 443
- Finally reinstall OpenReplay NGINX:
4. Build and deploy FrontendSection titled 4. Build and deploy Frontend
Finally, if you’re also looking to build the front-end, you’ll have to build the image with the following line:
cd openreplay/frontend IMAGE_TAG=<your tag> PUSH_IMAGE=1 DOCKER_REPO=myDockerHubID bash build.sh
Once this is done, go back to the
vars.yaml file and add a section specific for the front-end, it should look similar to the ones you added before for
frontend: image: repository: <YOUR DOCKER REGISTRY>/frontend pullPolicy: Always tag: <YOUR TAG> imagePullSecrets: - name: <YOUR SECRET>
With the new section added on the file, execute the
openreplay -R (which is located inside the
scripts/helmcharts folder) command and your new front-end should be running.
You’re all set now, OpenReplay should be accessible on your subdomain. You can create an account by visiting the
/signup page (i.e. openreplay.mycompany.com/signup).
Have questions?Section titled Have questions?
If you encounter any issues, connect to our Slack and get help from our community.