OwnTracks allows you to keep track of your own location. You can build your private location diary or share it with your family and friends. OwnTracks is open-source and uses open protocols for communication so you can be sure your data stays secure and private.
Using a smartphone app, OwnTracks allows you to collect and analyse your own location data without sharing this data with a cloud provider (i.e. Apple, Google). Potential use cases are:
- Sharing family locations without relying on Apple Find-My-friends
- Performing automated actions in HomeAssistant when you arrive/leave home
- Docker swarm cluster with persistent shared storage
- Traefik configured per design
- DNS entry for the hostname you intend to use, pointed to your keepalived IP
Setup data locations¶
We'll need a directory so store OwnTracks' data , so create
Create owntracks.env, and populate with the following variables
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Setup Docker Swarm¶
Create a docker swarm config file in docker-compose syntax (v3), something like this:
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Setup unique static subnets for every stack you deploy. This avoids IP/gateway conflicts which can otherwise occur when you're creating/removing stacks a lot. See my list here.
Launch OwnTracks stack¶
Launch the OwnTracks stack by running
docker stack deploy owntracks -c <path -to-docker-compose.yml>
Log into your new instance at https://YOUR-FQDN, with user "root" and the password you specified in gitlab.env.
Chef's Notes 📓¶
- If you wanted to expose the OwnTracks Web UI directly, you could remove the oauth2_proxy from the design, and move the traefik-related labels directly to the wekan container. You'd also need to add the traefik network to the owntracks container.
- I'm using my own image rather than owntracks/recorderd, because of a potentially swarm-breaking bug I found in the official container. If this gets resolved (or if I was mistaken) I'll update the recipe accordingly.
- By default, you'll get a fully accessible, unprotected MQTT broker. This may not be suitable for public exposure, so you'll want to look into securing mosquitto with TLS and ACLs.
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