Install Sourcegraph on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

This guide will take you through how to deploy Sourcegraph with Docker Compose to a single EC2 instance on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

RECOMMENDED Deploy a Sourcegraph instance with an AWS AMI or AWS One-Click.


Configure

Click Launch Instance from the EC2 dashboard, then fill in the following values for each section:

Name and tags

  1. Name your instance

Application and OS Images

  1. Select Amazon Linux in the Quick Start tab

  2. Select Amazon Linux 2 AMI (HVM), SSD Volume Type under Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

Instance type

  1. Select an appropriate instance type using our resource estimator as reference

Key pair (login)

  1. Create a new key pair for your instance, or choose an existing key pair from the drop down list

Network settings

  1. Click Edit in the header to enable Auto-assign Public IP

  2. Under Firewall (security group) , create or select existing security group with the following settings:

    • Allow SSH traffic from Anywhere
    • Allow HTTPs traffic from the internet
    • Allow HTTP traffic from the internet

Configure storage

  1. Click Add New Volume to add an additional EBS volume for storing data

  2. Click Advanced in the header to update the following settings for the new Custom Volume:

    • Storage Type: EBS
    • Device name: /dev/sdb
    • Volume Type: gp3 (General Purpose SSD)
    • Size (GiB): 250GB minimum
      • Sourcegraph needs at least as much space as all your repositories combined take up
      • Allocating as much disk space as you can upfront minimize the need for resizing your volume in the future
    • Delete on Termination: No

Advanced details > User Data

Copy and paste the startup script below into the User Data textbox:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
set -euxo pipefail
###############################################################################
# ACTION REQUIRED: REPLACE THE URL AND REVISION WITH YOUR DEPLOYMENT REPO INFO
###############################################################################
# Please read the notes below the script if you are cloning a private repository
DEPLOY_SOURCEGRAPH_DOCKER_FORK_CLONE_URL='https://github.com/sourcegraph/deploy-sourcegraph-docker.git'
DEPLOY_SOURCEGRAPH_DOCKER_FORK_REVISION='v4.2.0'
##################### NO CHANGES REQUIRED BELOW THIS LINE #####################
DEPLOY_SOURCEGRAPH_DOCKER_CHECKOUT='/home/ec2-user/deploy-sourcegraph-docker'
DOCKER_COMPOSE_VERSION='1.29.2'
DOCKER_DAEMON_CONFIG_FILE='/etc/docker/daemon.json'
DOCKER_DATA_ROOT='/mnt/docker-data'
EBS_VOLUME_DEVICE_NAME='/dev/sdb'
EBS_VOLUME_LABEL='sourcegraph'
# Install git
yum update -y
yum install git -y
# Clone the deployment repository
git clone "${DEPLOY_SOURCEGRAPH_DOCKER_FORK_CLONE_URL}" "${DEPLOY_SOURCEGRAPH_DOCKER_CHECKOUT}"
cd "${DEPLOY_SOURCEGRAPH_DOCKER_CHECKOUT}"
git checkout "${DEPLOY_SOURCEGRAPH_DOCKER_FORK_REVISION}"
# Format (if unformatted) and then mount the attached volume
device_fs=$(lsblk "${EBS_VOLUME_DEVICE_NAME}" --noheadings --output fsType)
if [ "${device_fs}" == "" ]
then
  mkfs -t xfs "${EBS_VOLUME_DEVICE_NAME}"
fi
xfs_admin -L "${EBS_VOLUME_LABEL}" "${EBS_VOLUME_DEVICE_NAME}"
mkdir -p "${DOCKER_DATA_ROOT}"
mount -L "${EBS_VOLUME_LABEL}" "${DOCKER_DATA_ROOT}"
# Mount file system by label on reboot
echo "LABEL=${EBS_VOLUME_LABEL}  ${DOCKER_DATA_ROOT}  xfs  defaults,nofail  0  2" >> '/etc/fstab'
umount "${DOCKER_DATA_ROOT}"
mount -a
# Install, configure, and enable Docker
yum update -y
amazon-linux-extras install docker
systemctl enable --now docker
sed -i -e 's/1024/262144/g' /etc/sysconfig/docker
sed -i -e 's/4096/262144/g' /etc/sysconfig/docker
usermod -a -G docker ec2-user
# Install jq for scripting
yum install -y jq
## Initialize the config file with empty json if it doesn't exist
if [ ! -f "${DOCKER_DAEMON_CONFIG_FILE}" ]
then
  mkdir -p $(dirname "${DOCKER_DAEMON_CONFIG_FILE}")
  echo '{}' > "${DOCKER_DAEMON_CONFIG_FILE}"
fi
## Point Docker storage to mounted volume
tmp_config=$(mktemp)
trap "rm -f ${tmp_config}" EXIT
cat "${DOCKER_DAEMON_CONFIG_FILE}" | jq --arg DATA_ROOT "${DOCKER_DATA_ROOT}" '.["data-root"]=$DATA_ROOT' > "${tmp_config}"
cat "${tmp_config}" > "${DOCKER_DAEMON_CONFIG_FILE}"
# Restart Docker daemon to pick up new changes
systemctl restart --now docker
# Install Docker Compose
curl -L "https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/${DOCKER_COMPOSE_VERSION}/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
curl -L "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/docker/compose/${DOCKER_COMPOSE_VERSION}/contrib/completion/bash/docker-compose" -o /etc/bash_completion.d/docker-compose
# Start Sourcegraph with Docker Compose
cd "${DEPLOY_SOURCEGRAPH_DOCKER_CHECKOUT}"/docker-compose
docker-compose up -d --remove-orphans

Deploy

  1. Click Launch Instance in the Summary Section on the right to launch the EC2 node running Sourcegraph.

  2. In your web browser, navigate to the public IP address assigned to the EC2 node. (Look for the IPv4 Public IP value in your EC2 instance page under the Description panel.) It may take a few minutes for the instance to finish initializing before Sourcegraph becomes accessible.

You can monitor the setup process by SSHing into the instance to run the following diagnostic commands:

# Follow the status of the startup script
tail -f /var/log/cloud-init-output.log
# Once installation is completed, check the health of the "sourcegraph-frontend" container
docker ps --filter="name=sourcegraph-frontend-0"

Upgrade

See the Docker Compose upgrade docs.


Storage and Backups

Data is persisted within a Docker volume as defined in the deployment repository. The startup script configures Docker using a daemon configuration file to store all the data on the attached data volume, which is mounted at /mnt/docker-data, where volumes are stored within /mnt/docker-data/volumes.

There are two, non-mutually-exclusive ways to back up data:


Other resources

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