Installing Space Cloud on Docker

The first step to start using Space Cloud is setting it up. Space Cloud requires several components to be running for proper functions. The most important components are:

  • Gateway: Responsible for ingress traffic and generation of REST / GaphQL APIs
  • Runner: Responsible for intra-cluster traffic and policy enforcement
  • Container Registry: Responsible for storing docker images. We won’t be needing this for local setup.

Luckily, we don’t have to interact with these components directly. Space Cloud ships with a utility named space-cli which bootstraps a cluster for us.

If you just want to use the Gateway component of Space Cloud directly, you can follow this guide instead.


Downloading Space CLI

The first step is downloading space-cli. You can download a version for your particular platform:

Unzip the compressed archive.

For Linux / Mac: unzip && chmod +x space-cli

For Windows: Right-click on the archive and select extract here.

To make sure if the space-cli binary is correct, type the following command from the directory where you downloaded space-cli:

For Linux / Mac: ./space-cli --version

For Windows: space-cli.exe --version

The above command will print the space-cli version.

Optionally, you can copy the space-cli binary to your environment path variable for global usage.

Setting up Space Cloud

We can set up all Space Cloud components using a single command.

./space-cli setup --dev

The setup command selects Docker as a target by default and runs all the containers required to setup Space Cloud. On successful installation it generates an output similar to this one:

INFO[0000] Setting up space cloud on Docker
INFO[0000] Starting container space-cloud-gateway...
INFO[0000] Starting container space-cloud-runner...
INFO[0001] Space Cloud (id: "local-admin") has been successfully setup! :D
INFO[0001] You can visit mission control at http://localhost:4122/mission-control
INFO[0001] Your login credentials: [username: "local-admin"; key: "kUkqBffI1ISR"]

Verify Installation

Verify the installation run the following docker command:

docker ps --filter=name=space-cloud

You should see an output similar to this!

CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                 COMMAND             CREATED              STATUS              PORTS                    NAMES
1263f8ab1372        spaceuptech/runner    "./app start"       About a minute ago   Up About a minute                            space-cloud-runner
35f820b550c7        spaceuptech/gateway   "./app run"         About a minute ago   Up About a minute>4122/tcp   space-cloud-gateway

Next Steps

Awesome! We just started Space Cloud using Docker. Next step would be to set up a project to use Space Cloud in your preferred language.

Feel free to check out various capabilities of space-cloud:

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