Ghost suggests that it not be run on Port 80.

  • For Ghost to run on port 80 directly it must be run as the root user.
  • With a single Ghost instance hogging the single port 80 on the server we cannot have a mulitsite or multi subdomain set-up.

Therefore the official docs suggest setting up a reverse proxy to forward requests upstream to Ghost. There are a few options for your reverse-proxy server but here will be using Nginx.

All this means is that the Nginx webserver will listen on port 80 and forward requests to the correct process running ‘upstream’. For example, you can have a ghost instance at as well as something at and maybe something else at running on the same server, as well as your process protected behind non-root access.

Here we will be working towards a simple ghost blog running at Furthermore we will put all of our processes in seperate docker containers.

####1. Create a non-running data-only volume to hold our ghost data. This is a persistent data container.

docker run -v /data --name ghostdata dockerfile/ubuntu echo Data-only container for Ghost

####2. Run the ghost container linked to our data-volume.

docker run -d --volumes-from ghostdata --name ghostblog  ghost:latest

####3. Create our Nginx sites enabled config locally on the host machine. i.e. at ‘~/docker/nginx/sites-enabled’.


  • server_name is where you will navigate to in your browser to see your running ghost blog.
  • proxy_pass should reflect the name of your ghost container.

Note: Later we will have to edit the Nginx config to include the ‘sites-enabled’ directory.

server {
    listen      80;
    access_log  /var/log/nginx/;
    error_log   /var/log/nginx/;
    location    /   {
        proxy_pass          http://ghostblog:2368;
        proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-Host    $server_name;
        proxy_set_header    Host                $server_name;
        proxy_set_header    X-Real-IP           $remote_addr;

####4. Run your Nginx container and inject the sites-enabled config.

docker run -d -p 80:80 --name nginx --link ghostblog:ghostblog -v ~/docker/nginx/sites-enabled:/etc/nginx/sites-enabled nginx

####5. Enter the running nginx container and edit the /etc/nginx/nginx.conf file to include the sites-enabled directory.

docker exec -it nginx bash

You will need to install your text-editor of choice.

apt-get update
apt-get install vim

edit the nginx config file at /etc/nginx/nginx.conf to include the sites-enabled directory, the pertinent lines are:

include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;
include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/*;

exit the running container and restart it to propogate config changes. If the nginx contianer fails to stay running check your config files for typos.

docker restart nginx

check to see if your two containers are running with

docker ps

And visit to check it out.

####Road map

  • Set up a grand ambassador (although nginx’s proxy_pass is kinda nice.)
  • Add a bash script to inject the sites-enabled dir into etc/nginx/nginx.conf
    • Alternatively locally create the nginx.conf and inject at container run.