Initial Setup Debian based LINUX

To install and use the bibbox software please follow these instructions:

Install Docker Engine, Git and prepatory Steps, Linux

Run the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt -y install
sudo apt install git -y
sudo apt-get install -y
sudo docker network create bibbox-default-network
sudo groupadd docker
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
newgrp docker

Install Docker Engine, MacOS, Windows

To install the newest docker-engine package follow the install dokumentation on the official docker website.

Install docker-compose:

To install the newest docker-compose package follow the install dokumentation on the official docker website.

Create the bibbox location folder:
cd /opt
sudo mkdir bibbox
cd bibbox

Clone the bibbox system repository to opt bibbox. Therefore change your working directory to /opt/bibbox/ with cd /opt/bibbox/ and run

sudo git clone
sudo bash

Warning using will reinstall nvm and set the nodejs version used by npm to 14.16.0

Follow the instructions presented to you.


When asked to:

Specify domainname + TLD (e.g.

you either:

  • Have to enter an existing domain forwarding requests towards the machine your Bibbox is running on (and forward all Suburls aka: add ServerAlias * to your Host config).
  • Add the URL you want to use locally to your /etc/hosts file (see edit Hosts file) which will only allow you to see the Bibbox Frontend. App usage and installation won't work.
  • Best Option: Set up a DNS Service (e.g.:dnsmasque) to create a local domain to resolve your requests towards the internal Proxy-Server operated by the bibbox

As you may noted is is necccesary to forward all suburls towards the url you chose as well. This is neccesary since once you install an app it will be given an specific suburl or range of suburls where its Front-End will be reachable.

DNS service setup

For example one could use dnsmasq to accomplish the goal stated above.

  • Install dnsmasq:
    sudo apt-get install dnsmasq
  • Configure dnsmasq:
    First of all lets backup the default condifuration file dnsmasq creates.
    sudo cp /etc/dnsmasq.conf /etc/dnsmasq.conf.orig
    Next we have to create a config file for dnsmasq:
    sudo nano /etc/dnsmasq.conf
    If you for example choose bibbox.local.test as the domainname the contents of this file will look like:
  • listen-address = means that we listen to all traffic on the local computer
  • expand-hosts adds additional entries from the /etc/hosts file
  • domain=bibbox.local.test sets up the domain we need to resolve incoming traffic towards the internal bibbox proxy server
  • The server= parts are there to allow traffic not directed at our domain to be resolved to an public DNS server (googles DNS server in this case) To test if everything is fine you can type dnsmasq --test, which will tell you: dnsmasq: syntax check OK, if you did not do anything wrong in dnsmasq.conf.

Next in order to make the computer use the created DNS-Server, we need to set the namespace to the IP-Adress we provided in listen-address. To achieve this we can edit the /etc/resolv.conf file. We type sudo nano /etc/resolv.conf
The file, for example could, look like:

\# This file is managed by man:systemd-resolved(8). Do not edit.
\# This is a dynamic resolv.conf file for connecting local clients to the
\# internal DNS stub resolver of systemd-resolved. This file lists all
\# configured search domains.
\# Run "resolvectl status" to see details about the uplink DNS servers
\# currently in use.
\# Third party programs must not access this file directly, but only through the
\# symlink at /etc/resolv.conf. To manage man:resolv.conf(5) in a different way,
\# replace this symlink by a static file or a different symlink.
\# See man:systemd-resolved.service(8) for details about the supported modes of
\# operation for /etc/resolv.conf.

\# nameserver
options edns0 trust-ad

Where in the original file only

options edns0 trust-ad

was present. We commented \# nameserver out and made the computer send information only to our defined server.

  • As the warning states to make this changes permanent we would have to add write protection towards this file:

This can be done by: sudo chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf

In order to just try the Bibbox Sytem locally this can be ommited and everything will be reset on the next reboot.

  • NOTE: There could be more nameserver= directives present. In order for dnsmasq to work all of those need to be commented out like \# nameserver(just put an # in front of them).

Lastly you have to add dnsmasq to your hosts file, since all the information about DNS-Hosts will be read from there:
Open it by typing sudo nano /etc/hosts
you will see something like thew following:   localhost   simon-XPS   dnsmasq

\# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1     ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters

The important part you need to add is dnsmasq.
Once this is done restart the dnsmasq service by typing:
sudo sytemctl restart dnsmasq
and we are done.

To test if we succeded we can use
dig bibbox.local.test.
Output shuld look like this:

; <<>> DiG 9.16.1-Ubuntu <<>> bibbox.local.test
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 36047
;; flags: qr aa rd ra ad; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1

; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 4096
;bibbox.local.test.     IN  A

bibbox.local.test.  0   IN  A

;; Query time: 0 msec
;; WHEN: Di Okt 19 14:23:19 CEST 2021
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 62

Another option would be to type nslookup bibbox.local.test. Output should look like:


Name:   bibbox.local.test