How to Self-Host Matomo with Caddy Server and Docker

One of the wonderful things about the modern web is that you can host your own services with relative ease, taking control of your own data and customizing things to suit your needs. Today, we'll be discussing how to self-host Matomo, a powerful open-source analytics platform, using the Caddy Server and Docker.

1. Create Subdomain

The first step is to create a subdomain for your Matomo service. This can be anything you prefer, but for the sake of our tutorial, we'll use You'll need to create this subdomain in your domain provider's dashboard.

2. Set CNAME of Subdomain to IP of Server

After you've created your subdomain, you'll need to point it to the IP address of your server. You do this by setting a CNAME record in your domain provider's DNS settings. The CNAME record should point your Matomo subdomain to the IP address of your server.

3. Check that Subdomain Points to IP

To confirm that your CNAME record is working correctly, you can use the dig command in the terminal:

dig +short

This should return your server's IP address.

4. SSH into Server

Next, you'll need to connect to your server using SSH (Secure Shell). This is a secure network protocol that allows you to control your server remotely.

ssh username@your-server-ip

5. Install Docker-Compose

Once you're connected to your server, it's time to install Docker Compose. This tool allows you to define and run multi-container Docker applications.

sudo curl -L "$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

6. Create Docker-Compose.yaml with Caddy Server, Matomo, and MariaDB Docker Image

Next, we need to create a docker-compose.yaml file that defines our services. This file will include Caddy Server, Matomo, and MariaDB.

version: "3.7" 
    image: caddy:2.4.5-alpine 
    restart: unless-stopped 
      - "80:80" 
      - "443:443" 
      - matomo 
      - ./caddy/Caddyfile:/etc/caddy/Caddyfile 
      - ./caddy/site:/srv 
      - ./caddy/caddy_data:/data 
      - ./caddy/caddy_config:/config 
    container_name: matomo 
    image: matomo 
      - MATOMO_DATABASE_HOST=matomo_db 
      - ./db.env 
      - matomo_db 
    restart: unless-stopped 
    container_name: matomo_db 
    image: mariadb 
    command: --max-allowed-packet=64MB 
      - MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=inventa96 
      - ./db.env 
    restart: unless-stopped 
    driver: local 
    external: true 

7. Create .env file

Create a .env file to store environment variables that your Docker services will use. These may include settings for Matomo, such as the database host, username, and password, as well as any Caddy-specific settings.


Replace youpassword and with your actual password and domain, respectively.

8. Create Caddyfile

The Caddyfile is a text file that configures the Caddy server. It will include settings such as the domain name (your Matomo subdomain), the location of your SSL certificate and key, and any other configuration options you need for your setup.

    email [email protected]
} {
    reverse_proxy matomo:80

Replace [email protected] and with your actual email and domain, respectively.

9. Run Docker Compose

Now that all the files are ready, you can start your Docker services using Docker Compose. Run the following command in the same directory as your docker-compose.yaml file:

docker-compose up -d

10. Go to your Subdomain and Setup Matomo

Finally, navigate to in your web browser to start setting up Matomo. You'll be prompted to enter the database details you specified in the .env file, after which you can proceed to set up your Matomo analytics as desired.

Congratulations, you've now successfully self-hosted your Matomo instance using Caddy Server and Docker! This setup allows you to gain deep insights into your web traffic while retaining full control and ownership over your data. Enjoy your new analytics capabilities!

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