How to run multiple Minio servers with Træfɪk Gitter

Træfɪk is a modern reverse proxy also written in Go. It supports multiple ways to get configured, this cookbook will explain how you can setup multiple Minio instances via Docker which you can access on different sub-domains through Træfɪk.

1. Prerequisites

You have Docker installed and running, if not follow install instructions.

2. Steps

Fetch, configure and launch Træfɪk

First of all you should create a configuration file for Træfɪk to enable Let's Encrypt and to configure the Docker backend. Incoming traffic via HTTP gets automatically redirected to HTTPS and the certificates are getting created on demand by the integrated Let's Encrypt support.

cat << EOF > traefik.toml
defaultEntryPoints = ["http", "https"]

    address = ":80"
      entryPoint = "https"
    address = ":443"

email = ""
storageFile = "/etc/traefik/acme.json"
entryPoint = "https"
onDemand = true

endpoint = "unix:///var/run/docker.sock"
domain = ""
watch = true

Beside the configuration we should also touch the acme.json file, this file is the storage for the generated certificates. This file will also store the private keys, so you should set proper permissions to make sure not everybody can read the configuration.

touch acme.json
chmod 640 acme.json

With those steps we are prepared to launch a Træfɪk container which proxies the incoming traffic.

docker run -d \
  --restart always \
  --name traefik \
  --publish 80:80 \
  --publish 443:443 \
  --volume $(pwd)/traefik.toml:/etc/traefik/traefik.toml \
  --volume $(pwd)/acme.json:/etc/traefik/adme.json \
  --volume /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \

Fetch, configure and launch Minio

Now it's time to prepare multiple instances of Minio to demonstrate a multi-tenant solution. That way you are able to launch multiple Minio instances with different credentials that get routed automatically by Træfɪk.

We will launch the Minio instances with volume mounts from the host system. If you prefer data containers please take a look at the Minio Docker quickstart guide.

for i in $(seq 1 5); do
    mkdir -p $(pwd)/minio${i}/{export,config}

    docker run -d \
      --restart always \
      --name minio-${i} \
      --volume $(pwd)/minio${i}/config:/root/.minio \
      --volume $(pwd)/minio${i}/export:/export \

Test launched instances

To test the launched instances you can take curl, that way you can verify that the instances are really launched correctly.

curl -H

This call will result in the following output because the request had been unauthenticated, but you can see that it finally have been correctly launched.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Error><Code>AccessDenied</Code><Message>Access Denied.</Message><Key></Key><BucketName></BucketName><Resource>/</Resource><RequestId>3L137</RequestId><HostId>3L137</HostId></Error>

Now you can reach all the launched Minio instances via https://minio-{1,2,3,4,5}

As a final note I would like to mention that you should start the Docker containers with the init system of your operating system. As an example you can see an example for a systemd service file how I'm launching new Minio instances. Just store this file as /etc/systemd/system/minio@.service and start new instances with systemctl start minio@server1, systemctl start minio@server2, systemctl start minio@server3 and the instances will be available at and so on.

Description=Minio: %i



ExecStop=/bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/docker ps | /usr/bin/grep %p-%i 1> /dev/null && /usr/bin/docker stop %p-%i || true'
ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/docker ps | /usr/bin/grep %p-%i 1> /dev/null && /usr/bin/docker kill %p-%i || true'
ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/docker ps -a | /usr/bin/grep %p-%i 1> /dev/null && /usr/bin/docker rm %p-%i || true'
ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/docker pull minio/minio:latest

ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker run --rm \
  --name %p-%i \
  --volume /storage/%p/%i/files:/export \
  --volume /storage/%p/%i/config:/root/.minio \
  --label \
  --label traefik.frontend.passHostHeader=true \