AzuraCast is flexible and works on a broad number of environments, from inexpensive VPSes and servers to your own home computer running Windows, MacOS or Linux.
AzuraCast is powered by Docker and uses pre-built images that contain every component of the software. Don't worry if you aren't very familiar with Docker; our easy installer tools will handle installing Docker and Docker Compose for you, and updates are very simple.
Some hosting providers use OpenVZ or LXC, and sometimes these technologies are incompatible with Docker. If the Docker installation does not work on your host, you should consider using a different server for AzuraCast, or you can use the unsupported Ansible installation method.
- A 64-bit x86 (x86_64) CPU (For ARM64 devices, like the Raspberry Pi 3/4, visit our ARM64/Raspberry Pi guide.)
- 512MB or greater of RAM
- 20GB or greater of hard drive space
For Linux hosts, the
git packages should be installed before installing AzuraCast. Most Linux distributions include these packages already.
Connect to the server or computer you want to install AzuraCast on via an SSH terminal. You should be an administrator user with either root access or the ability to use the
Pick a base directory on your host computer that AzuraCast can use. If you're on Linux, you can follow the steps below to use the recommended directory:
mkdir -p /var/azuracast cd /var/azuracast
Use these commands to download our Docker Utility Script, set it as executable and then run the Docker installation process:
curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/AzuraCast/AzuraCast/master/docker.sh > docker.sh chmod a+x docker.sh ./docker.sh install
On-screen prompts will show you how the installation is progressing.
Once installation has completed, be sure to follow the post-installation steps. You can also set up LetsEncrypt or make other changes to your installation using the Docker Utility Script that you've just downloaded.
Want to further customize your installation? Check out our support guide for some common examples, including custom port mappings and setting up SFTP access.
Once installation is complete, you should immediately visit your server's public web address. This may be the IP of the server, a domain name (if you've registered one and pointed it at the server), or
localhost if you're running AzuraCast on your personal computer.
The initial web setup consists of the following steps:
- Creating a "Super Administrator" account with system-wide administratration permissions
- Creating the first radio station that the system will manage
- Customizing important AzuraCast settings, like the site's base URL and HTTPS settings
Don't worry if you aren't sure of these items yet; you can always make changes to any of the items after setup is complete.
Using the included Docker utility script, updating is as simple as running:
./docker.sh update-self ./docker.sh update
By default, the updater will prompt you to update your
docker-compose.yml file. If you aren't making any changes to this file and want to automate the update process, you can use the command below to automatically answer "yes" to this question:
./docker.sh update-self && echo "y" | ./docker.sh update
Backup and Restore
You can back up your AzuraCast installation without interrupting your stations by visiting the "Backup" page in System Administration, or by running from the command line:
./docker.sh backup path-to-backup.zip
To restore the backup later, run the following command:
./docker.sh restore path-to-backup.zip
Host-Specific Installation Guides
Our friends at DigitalOcean offer fast, affordable, scalable hosting that is perfect for services like AzuraCast. Thanks to their support for custom installation metadata, you can spin up a new droplet and have a running AzuraCast instance without leaving your browser.
If you are hosting your installation with Linode, you can take advantage of these community-maintained scripts to automate the installation process. These scripts can also be found from the Linode manager's "Community StackScripts" section: