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Using Freqtrade with Docker

Install Docker

Start by downloading and installing Docker CE for your platform:

Optionally, docker-compose should be installed and available to follow the docker quick start guide.

Once you have Docker installed, simply prepare the config file (e.g. config.json) and run the image for freqtrade as explained below.

Freqtrade with docker-compose

Freqtrade provides an official Docker image on Dockerhub, as well as a docker-compose file ready for usage.

Note

  • The following section assumes that docker and docker-compose are installed and available to the logged in user.
  • All below commands use relative directories and will have to be executed from the directory containing the docker-compose.yml file.

Docker quick start

Create a new directory and place the docker-compose file in this directory.

mkdir ft_userdata
cd ft_userdata/
# Download the docker-compose file from the repository
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/freqtrade/freqtrade/master/docker-compose.yml -o docker-compose.yml

# Pull the freqtrade image
docker-compose pull

# Create user directory structure
docker-compose run --rm freqtrade create-userdir --userdir user_data

# Create configuration - Requires answering interactive questions
docker-compose run --rm freqtrade new-config --config user_data/config.json
mkdir ft_userdata
cd ft_userdata/
# Download the docker-compose file from the repository
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/freqtrade/freqtrade/master/docker-compose.yml -o docker-compose.yml

# Pull the freqtrade image
docker-compose pull

# Create user directory structure
docker-compose run --rm freqtrade create-userdir --userdir user_data

# Create configuration - Requires answering interactive questions
docker-compose run --rm freqtrade new-config --config user_data/config.json

Change your docker Image

You have to change the docker image in the docker-compose file for your Raspberry build to work properly.

image: freqtradeorg/freqtrade:master_pi
# image: freqtradeorg/freqtrade:develop_pi

The above snippet creates a new directory called ft_userdata, downloads the latest compose file and pulls the freqtrade image. The last 2 steps in the snippet create the directory with user_data, as well as (interactively) the default configuration based on your selections.

How to edit the bot configuration?

You can edit the configuration at any time, which is available as user_data/config.json (within the directory ft_userdata) when using the above configuration.

You can also change the both Strategy and commands by editing the docker-compose.yml file.

Adding a custom strategy

  1. The configuration is now available as user_data/config.json
  2. Copy a custom strategy to the directory user_data/strategies/
  3. add the Strategy' class name to the docker-compose.yml file

The SampleStrategy is run by default.

SampleStrategy is just a demo!

The SampleStrategy is there for your reference and give you ideas for your own strategy. Please always backtest the strategy and use dry-run for some time before risking real money!

Once this is done, you're ready to launch the bot in trading mode (Dry-run or Live-trading, depending on your answer to the corresponding question you made above).

docker-compose up -d

Docker-compose logs

Logs will be located at: user_data/logs/freqtrade.log. You can check the latest log with the command docker-compose logs -f.

Database

The database will be at: user_data/tradesv3.sqlite

Updating freqtrade with docker-compose

To update freqtrade when using docker-compose is as simple as running the following 2 commands:

# Download the latest image
docker-compose pull
# Restart the image
docker-compose up -d

This will first pull the latest image, and will then restart the container with the just pulled version.

Check the Changelog

You should always check the changelog for breaking changes / manual interventions required and make sure the bot starts correctly after the update.

Editing the docker-compose file

Advanced users may edit the docker-compose file further to include all possible options or arguments.

All possible freqtrade arguments will be available by running docker-compose run --rm freqtrade <command> <optional arguments>.

docker-compose run --rm

Including --rm will clean up the container after completion, and is highly recommended for all modes except trading mode (running with freqtrade trade command).

Example: Download data with docker-compose

Download backtesting data for 5 days for the pair ETH/BTC and 1h timeframe from Binance. The data will be stored in the directory user_data/data/ on the host.

docker-compose run --rm freqtrade download-data --pairs ETH/BTC --exchange binance --days 5 -t 1h

Head over to the Data Downloading Documentation for more details on downloading data.

Example: Backtest with docker-compose

Run backtesting in docker-containers for SampleStrategy and specified timerange of historical data, on 5m timeframe:

docker-compose run --rm freqtrade backtesting --config user_data/config.json --strategy SampleStrategy --timerange 20190801-20191001 -i 5m

Head over to the Backtesting Documentation to learn more.

Additional dependencies with docker-compose

If your strategy requires dependencies not included in the default image (like technical) - it will be necessary to build the image on your host. For this, please create a Dockerfile containing installation steps for the additional dependencies (have a look at Dockerfile.technical for an example).

You'll then also need to modify the docker-compose.yml file and uncomment the build step, as well as rename the image to avoid naming collisions.

    image: freqtrade_custom
    build:
      context: .
      dockerfile: "./Dockerfile.<yourextension>"

You can then run docker-compose build to build the docker image, and run it using the commands described above.