Docker on Windows Linux Subsystem - Docker Pro Demo

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The Tyk Pro Docker demo is our full Self-Managed solution, which includes our Gateway, Dashboard, and analytics processing pipeline. This demo will run Tyk Self-Managed on your machine, which contains 5 containers: Tyk Gateway, Tyk Dashboard, Tyk Pump, Redis and MongoDB. This demo is great for proof of concept and demo purposes, but if you want to test performance, you will need to move each component to a separate machine.


This demo is NOT designed for production use or performance testing.


You use this at your own risk. Tyk is not supported on the Windows platform. However you can test it as a proof of concept using our Pro Demo Docker installation.


Step One - Clone the Repo

Clone the repo above to a location on your machine.

Step Two - Edit your hosts file

You need to add the following to your Windows hosts file:

Step Three - Configure file permissions

In order to mount the files, you need to allow Docker engine has access to your Drive. You can do that by going to the Docker settings, Shared Drives view, and manage the access. If after all you will get issue regarding path permissions, you will need to create a separate user specifically for the docker according to this instructions

Step Four - Add your Developer License

You should have received your free developer license via email. Copy the license key in the following location from your \confs\tyk_analytics.conf file:

"license_key": ""

Step Five - Run the Docker Compose File

From PowerShell, run the following command from your installation folder:

docker-compose up

This will will download and setup the five Docker containers. This may take some time and will display all output.

NOTE If you are getting issues related to errors when mounting files, you may need to modify docker-compose.yml file, and change configs paths from related to absolute, and from linux format to windows format, like this:

  - C:\Tyk\confs\tyk_analytics.conf:/opt/tyk-dashboard/tyk_analytics.conf

Step Six - Got to the Dashboard URL

Go to:

You should get to the Tyk Dashboard Setup screen:

Tyk Dashboard Bootstrap Screen

Step Seven - Create your Organization and Default User

You need to enter the following:

  • Your Organization Name
  • Your Organization Slug
  • Your User Email Address
  • Your User First and Last Name
  • A Password for your User
  • Re-enter your user Password


For a password, we recommend a combination of alphanumeric characters, with both upper and lower case letters.

Click Bootstrap to save the details.

You can now log in to the Tyk Dashboard from, using the username and password created in the Dashboard Setup screen.

Configure your Developer Portal

To set up your Developer Portal follow our Self-Managed tutorial on publishing an API to the Portal Catalog.