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How to run the BuildVu Docker Image

Table of contents

  1. Launching BuildVu
  2. Download the WAR file
  3. Install Docker
  4. Run Docker
  5. [Recommended] Enabling HTTPS
  6. [Optional] Define auth credentials
    1. [Advanced] Adding multiple users
  7. [Optional] Mount volume
  8. Running BuildVu from different language clients

Launching BuildVu

BuildVu has a Docker image available, called idrsolutions/buildvu, to make it easier to get started. Using this Docker image you can start a container that can use BuildVu to perform conversions using a simple REST API.

You can use this image from a cloud platform or server that has Docker installed. See below for instructions for using the Docker image on your own server/infrastructure.

Download the WAR file

Before getting started, you first want to download the WAR file. This is required for the image to work.

For trial users:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up for BuildVu trial.

  2. Open the email you recieve when you signed up.

  3. Follow the download link found in the Docker section.

For customers:

  1. Visit the Customer download page.

  2. Click on ‘Download Latest Customer WAR’.

  3. Submit your username and password.

Install Docker

There a many tutorials detailing how to install docker ready for use. This tutorial to Install Docker will cover everything you need.

Run Docker

 docker run -p 80:80 --mount "source=/path/to/war/buildvu-microservice.war,target=/usr/local/tomcat/webapps/ROOT.war,type=bind" idrsolutions/buildvu

For production use, we strongly recommend enabling HTTPS encryption. The container is pre-configured to switch to HTTPS if it finds an SSL certificate, private key and certificate chain in the /opt/ssl/ directory. All you need to do is mount a directory containing files called certificate.crt, private.key and ca_bundle.crt. by adding the following to the above commands:

 -p 443:443 --mount "source=/local/path/to/ssl/directory,target=/opt/ssl,type=bind,readonly"

[Optional] Define auth credentials

If you wish to set a username and password for the service, you can do so by providing the following additional environment variables:

 --env ACCESS_USERNAME=<username> --env ACCESS_PASSWORD=<password>

[Advanced] Adding multiple users

If you need more than one user, you can provide your own tomcat-users.xml file and mount it at /usr/local/tomcat/conf/tomcat-users.xml

[Optional] Mount volume

If you need to access the converted files from the host machine without using the API you need two additional steps.

First create a folder for the output to be stored in.

mkdir -p /path/to/docroot/output

Second add a mount to the docker command, mounting the new directory to the containers directory.

 --mount "source=/path/to/docroot,target=/usr/local/docroot,type=bind"

Running BuildVu from different language clients

Now that you have the docker server running, you can choose from these different language clients to begin your conversions.