Try Ghost 1.0 in 5 minutes with Docker

Today Ghost 1.0 was released which included a new editor and a new installation method.

Trying Ghost is easy with Docker - just follow these steps and you'll have a blog up and running in less than 5 minutes.

Build a Docker image

I put together a quick Dockerfile for Ghost 1.0 which you can read here. It's much simpler than in previous releases due to the Ghost CLI added by the project.'

I've already pushed my image to the Docker Hub as alexellis2/ghost:1.0, so you can skip the next step unless you want to re-build the image yourself.

Build it yourself (Optional)

Type in:

$ git clone
$ cd ghost-on-docker/1.0/x86_64
$ docker build -t alexellis2/ghost:1.0 .

Run the blog

Once your build is done - run it like this:

$ docker run -p 2368:2368 --name ghost -ti alexellis2/ghost:1.0

You can now open up the blog in a new window. http://localhost:2368

List your posts

List your posts with the new re-vamped dashboard.

Edit a post

This is the brand-new editor.



  • Is this a production-grade configuration?

There are several new configuration options including the use of systemd for process management. Read More here.

The Docker container I've built here is using the development mode, which is much slower than you'd want to run in production. It will however let you kick the tires.

  • Will this work on Raspberry Pi?

I'm not sure whether the new installer will be compatible with RPi / ARMv6/7/8. My Dockerfile can be adapted easily though.

Ghost 0.11.x works very well on Raspberry Pi Zero / 2 / 3. You can read my ARM/Raspberry Pi and Docker instructions here.

  • Is SQLite still supported?

Yes - so this would mean very long install times on Raspberry Pi.

  • How do I upgrade from 0.x?

The Ghost team state you must create a new blog and import your data. No more in-place upgrades.

Learn more about Docker

You can learn more about Docker on my blog which is still running on Ghost 0.11.x!

Alex Ellis

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