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Running the docs.rockylinux.org website locally for web development | Podman

This document walks through the steps of how to recreate and run a local copy of the entire docs.rockylinux.org website on your local machine. Running a local copy of the documentation website might be useful in the following scenarios:

  • You are interested in learning about and contributing to the web development aspects of the docs.rockylinux.org website
  • You are an author and you'd like to see how your documents will render/look on the docs website before contributing them

Create the content environment

  1. Make sure that the prerequisites are satisfied. If not please skip to the "Setup the prerequisites" section and then return here.

  2. Change the current working directory on your local system to a folder where you intend to do your writing. We'll refer to this directory as $ROCKYDOCS in the rest of this guide. For our demo here, $ROCKYDOCS points to $HOME/projects/rockydocs on our demo system.

Create $ROCKYDOCS if it doesn't already exist and change your working directory to $ROCKYDOCS type:

mkdir -p $HOME/projects/rockydocs
export ROCKYDOCS=${HOME}/projects/rockydocs
  1. Make sure you have git installed (dnf -y install git). While in $ROCKYDOCS use git to clone the official Rocky Documentation content repo. Type:
git clone https://github.com/rocky-linux/documentation.git

You'll now have a $ROCKYDOCS/documentation folder. This folder is a git repository and under git's control.

  1. Also use git to clone the official docs.rockylinux.org repo. Type:
git clone https://github.com/rocky-linux/docs.rockylinux.org.git

You'll now have a $ROCKYDOCS/docs.rockylinux.org folder. This folder is where you can experiment with your web development contributions.

Create and Start the RockyDocs web developmwnt environment

  1. Make sure you have podman up and running on your local machine (you can check with systemctl). Test by running:
systemctl  enable --now podman.socket
  1. Create a new docker-compose.yml file with the following contents:
version: '2'
    privileged: true
    image: rockylinux:9.1
      - 8001:8001
      PIP_NO_CACHE_DIR: "off"
       - type: bind
         source: ./documentation
         target: /app/docs
       - type: bind
         source: ./docs.rockylinux.org
         target: /app/docs.rockylinux.org
    working_dir: /app
    command: bash -c "dnf install -y python3 pip git && \
       ln -sfn  /app/docs   docs.rockylinux.org/docs && \
       cd docs.rockylinux.org && \
       git config  --global user.name webmaster && \
       git config  --global user.email webmaster@rockylinux.org && \
       curl -SL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rocky-linux/documentation-test/main/docs/labs/mike-plugin-changes.patch -o mike-plugin-changes.patch && \
       git apply --reverse --check mike-plugin-changes.patch && \
       /usr/bin/pip3 install --no-cache-dir -r requirements.txt && \
       /usr/local/bin/mike deploy -F mkdocs.yml 9.1 91alias && \
       /usr/local/bin/mike set-default 9.1 && \
       echo  All done && \
       /usr/local/bin/mike serve  -F mkdocs.yml -a"

Save the file with the file name docker-compose.yml in your $ROCKYDOCS working directory.

You can also quickly download a copy of the docker-compose.yml file by running:

curl -SL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rocky-linux/documentation-test/main/docs/labs/docker-compose-rockydocs.yml -o docker-compose.yml
  1. Finally use docker-compose to bring up the service. Type:
docker-compose  up

View the local docs.rockylinux.org website

  1. Just in case you have a firewall running on your Rocky Linux system, ensure that port 8001 is open. Type:
firewall-cmd  --add-port=8001/tcp  --permanent
firewall-cmd  --reload

With the container up and running, you should now be able to point your web browser to the following URL to view your local copy of the site:




Setup the prerequisites

Install and setup podman and other tools by running:

sudo dnf -y install podman podman-docker git

sudo systemctl enable --now  podman.socket

Install docker-compose and make it executable. Type:

curl -SL https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/v2.16.0/docker-compose-linux-x86_64 -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Fix permissions on docker socket. Type:

sudo chmod 666 /var/run/docker.sock


  • The instructions in this guide are NOT a prerequisite for Rocky documentation Authors/Content contributors
  • The entire environment runs in a Podman container and so you'll need Podman properly setup on your local machine
  • The container is built on top of the official Rocky Linux 9.1 docker image available here https://hub.docker.com/r/rockylinux/rockylinux
  • The container keeps the documentation content separate from the web engine (mkdocs)
  • The container starts a local web server listening on port 8001.

Letztes Update: 2. Mai 2023

Author: Wale Soyinka