Marketplace Backend


Upgrading to boot2docker/docker 1.3+ is required for built-in shared folder support on OSX.

Using Docker is the recommended configuration for developers to set up the Marketplace backend and payments. Docker automates a lot of the steps on setting up the backend.

It will also set up the Marketplace frontend for you to poke around, but Docker is currently not recommended to use (besides as a backend) for frontend development. If you are more interested in developing the frontend, visit our Marketplace Frontend docs.

For further information about the Marketplace backend, check out our API documentation and Zamboni documenation.


  • Mac OS X or Linux.
  • A github account (set in step 3).
  • packages: python2.7, python-pip, curl, python-dev

1. Install Docker

Install Docker.


On Mac the docker libs can be installed using Mac Homebrew:

brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask
brew cask install virtualbox
brew install docker
brew install docker-machine
brew install docker-compose

On Linux

The generic (check docker link above for distribution specific) install script for docker is:

curl -sSL | sh

Ubuntu users probably want to add ubuntu to the docker group (you need to log in and out again after):

sudo usermod -aG docker ubuntu

To install docker-compose:

sudo pip install docker-compose

2. Build dependencies


Let’s start by creating the virtual machine that our containers will be created in:

docker-machine create --driver virtualbox --virtualbox-memory 2048 mkt

This creates a virtual machine using virtualbox with 2GB of RAM available named ‘mkt’.

Next, execute the following command to export the environment variables:

eval "$(docker-machine env mkt)"

OSX and Linux

Next we will checkout the code repositories needed for development. Check out the following repositories somewhere on your machine under the same root directory (e.g.: ~/sandbox/):

Get the marketplace environment repo and set up the configuration files needed for docker-compose. Still in the sandbox directory:

git clone
cd marketplace-env
python --root $(dirname $(pwd))

Set up the environment variable that docker-compose looks for:

export COMPOSE_FILE=`pwd`/docker-compose.yml
export COMPOSE_PROJECT_NAME=mkt  # String prepended to every container.

It is recommended that you add these environment variables (the ones above, and for Mac OS those provided by docker-machine env mkt also) in your profile so that they persist and are consistent.

Next add a hosts entry for


sudo sh -c "echo $(docker-machine ip mkt 2>/dev/null) >> /etc/hosts"

On Linux:

sudo sh -c "echo >> /etc/hosts"

3. Build and run

Now that the marketplace github repos are cloned and linked we can start creating the virtual machine and docker containers.

Let’s pull down the docker images and build the containers:

docker-compose pull


This can take a long time the first time.

Next, start the containers:

docker-compose up -d


On first run this may take a few minutes as it sets up the services, creates data, and populates the search index.

When everything is running open up a browser to

4. Shutting down and restarting

On the Marketplace team we have found it good practice to shut down docker at the end of each work day.


To do so you can run the following commands:

docker-compose stop
docker-machine stop mkt

To start up again simply do:

docker-machine start mkt
docker-compose up -d


To do so you can run the following commands:

docker-compose stop

To start up again simply do:

docker-compose start -d


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