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Kanboard is a Kanban tool, developed by FrΓ©dΓ©ric Guillot. (Who also happens to be the developer of my favorite RSS reader, Miniflux)

Features include:

  • Visualize your work
  • Limit your work in progress to be more efficient
  • Customize your boards according to your business activities
  • Multiple projects with the ability to drag and drop tasks
  • Reports and analytics
  • Fast and simple to use
  • Access from anywhere with a modern browser
  • Plugins and integrations with external services
  • Free, open source and self-hosted
  • Super simple installation

Kanboard screenshot

Kanboard Requirements


Already deployed:



Setup data locations

Create the location for the bind-mount of the application data, so that it's persistent:

mkdir -p /var/data/kanboard

Kanboard Docker Swarm config

Create a docker swarm config file in docker-compose syntax (v3), something like the example below:

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version: '3'

    image: kanboard/kanboard
     - /var/data/kanboard:/var/www/app/
      - traefik_public
        # traefik common
        - traefik.enable=true

        # traefikv1
        - traefik.port=80     

        # traefikv2
        - "traefik.http.routers.kanboard.rule=Host(``)"
        - ""
        - "traefik.enable=true"

    external: true


Launch Kanboard stack

Launch the Kanboard stack by running docker stack deploy kanboard -c <path -to-docker-compose.yml>

Log into your new instance at https://YOUR-FQDN. Default credentials are admin/admin, after which you can change (under 'profile') and add more users.

Chef's notes πŸ““

  1. The default theme can be significantly improved by applying the ThemePlus plugin. ↩

  2. Kanboard becomes more useful when you integrate in/outbound email with MailGun, SendGrid, or Postmark. ↩

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