Project Management Web Platform with Redmine on Raspberry PI and Docker

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Projects managing involves strong communication requirements. Keeping all teams aligned on tasks progress and issues solution require strong tools able to share info between involved owners and a strict timeline sharing.

In this guide I’ll show you how to install Redmine in your Raspberry PI (a very cheap single board computer) with Docker.

For this guide I will use a Raspberry PI 3 model A+, but this works also with newer Raspberry PI boards.

What is Redmine

Redmine logo

Redmine is an open source project management platform, based on web application service. Written using the Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database. It allows to manage multiple projects and associated subprojects, with related objects like tasks, issues, files management and gantt chart.

What We Need

As usual, I suggest adding from now to your favourite ecommerce shopping chart all needed hardware, so that at the end you will be able to evaluate overall costs and decide if continuing with the project or removing them from shopping chart. So, hardware will be only:

RPI 3 model A+

Check hardware prices with following links:

Amazon raspberry pi boards box
Amazon Micro SD box
Amazon Raspberry PI Power Supply box

Step-by-Step Procedure

We’ll start from installing Raspberry PI operating system, then setting up docker and docker-compose. After that, we’ll prepare docker-compose configuration files to create our Redmine platform with only 1 command line.

Redmine requires a database and works well with MySQL. I use MariaDB instead of MySQL because it is fully compatible and requires less resources (which is a good idea working with low capacity hardware like Raspberry PI). MariaDB for ARM has only a docker hub image compatible with ARM 64. I’ll use instead a custom MariaDB docker installation, so to be compatible with all Raspberry PI boards able to run docker.

Prepare Raspberry PI Environment

Start installing Raspberry Pi OS Lite, to have an headless and lite environment. If you start from an existing Raspberry PI os installation, please remember to update from terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Then install Docker and docker-compose in your Raspberry PI. Portainer can be installed to visually control your docker environment, but it is not strictly required.

Prepare Docker-Compose Configuration Files

Create a redmine folder in your Raspberry PI. I’m going to name it “redmine”, but you can use whatever name you want. The enter your folder. From terminal:

mkdir redmine
cd redmine

We’ll create 3 main files:

docker-compose.yml
Dockerfile
mySqlScript.sql

docker-compose.yml is your main docker-compose configuration file. It includes service configuration we’ll create. Dockerfile will drive mariaDB image building. mySqlScript.sql will be used to initialize MariaDB creating Redmine database, user and permission.

Next paragraphs will show file content.

Docker-compose yaml file

Create a docker compose file:

nano docker-compose.yml

and add following code. Use your favourite credentials for “redmine” and “redmine_password” and remember them for mySqlScript.sql

# My Redmine
# from peppe8o.com
version: '3'
services:
 redmine:
  image: redmine:latest
  restart: unless-stopped
  ports:
   - 8080:3000
  environment:
  REDMINE_DB_MYSQL: db
  REDMINE_DB_USERNAME: redmine
  REDMINE_DB_PASSWORD: redmine_password
  REDMINE_SECRET_KEY_BASE: supersecretkey
 db:
  build: .
  restart: unless-stopped

Of course, you can customize this script by changing exposing port, mapping volumes for persistent data, and so on.

As you can see, our database will be built on custom installation (please refer to create custom MariaDB container on Raspberry PI for more info).

Dockerfile

Create a Dockerfile:

nano Dockerfile

And use following content inside it:

FROM debian
RUN apt update && apt install mariadb-server -y
RUN sed -i 's/bind-address/bind-address = 0.0.0.0 #/i' /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf
RUN mkdir /mysql_scripts
COPY mySqlScript.sql /mysql_scripts/
RUN /etc/init.d/mysql start && mysql -uroot --password="" -e "source /mysql_scripts/mySqlScript.sql"
CMD /etc/init.d/mysql start && tail -f /dev/null

For security purposes please remember, once all procedure will be completed, to enforce your MariaDB root password.

MySQL Initialization Script

Finally, create your database initialization script:

nano mySqlScript.sql

Use following code, changing “redmine” and “redmine_password” with your preferred credentials:

CREATE DATABASE redmine CHARACTER SET utf8mb4;
CREATE USER 'redmine'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'redmine_password';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON redmine.* TO 'redmine'@'%';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
quit

Service Creation and Initialization

With previous files ready to be used, you will be able to install and have Redmine up only with following command:

docker-compose up -d

This process will require a while to:

  • download and extract required images from Docker Hub (Redmine and Debian, latest being used for our custom MariaDB container)
  • install and configure MariaDB
  • run mySqlScript.sql initialization script

Once container preparation have been completed, from terminal you will see something like following:

...
Creating redmine_redmine_1 … done
Creating redmine_db_1 … done
pi@raspberrypi:~/redmine $

At this point, Docker has done its job, but a few operations are still going on inside Redmine container. Docker ps command will confirm that containers are up and running (containers will inherit firt part of their name from folder name):

pi@raspberrypi:~/redmine $ docker ps
CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES
265be67bf2d8 redmine:latest "/docker-entrypoint.…" 2 minutes ago Up 2 minutes 0.0.0.0:8080->3000/tcp redmine_redmine_1
26a443a3a1d2 redmine_db "/bin/sh -c '/etc/in…" 2 minutes ago Up 2 minutes redmine_db_1

We can check that redmine_redmine_1 container is still working to setup. With command:

docker logs redmine_redmine_1

you will see internal redmine operations progressing and our service will be ready once this command will show you following final line:

INFO WEBrick::HTTPServer#start: pid=1 port=3000

At this point, from your favorite browser (I will use Brave Browser), check url “http://<<yourRaspberryIpAddress>>:8080” (in my screenshot, my Raspberry PI IP address is 192.168.1.177):

Raspberry PI Redmine home page

If this is your output, it means that everything went well.

Use “Sign in” link on top/right:

Raspberry PI Redmine login page

Use following default Redmine credentials:

  • login: admin
  • Password: admin

and click login. You will be asked to change immediately admin password. Insert old “admin” in “Password” field. Use a new password for oher 2 fields:

Raspberry PI Redmine change admin password

Then click “Apply” button. You will be logged in:

Raspberry PI Redmine admin first logged in

From here you can refer to Redmine Users Guide and your Redmine platform is ready.

Enjoy!

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