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 (or a wildcard), pointed to your keepalived IP
Setup data locations
We'll need a directory so store OwnTracks' data , so create
Prepare OwnTracks environment
Create owntracks.env, and populate with the following variables
OTR_USER=recorder OTR_PASS=yourpassword OTR_HOST=owntracks.example.com
OwnTracks Docker Swarm config
Create a docker swarm config file in docker-compose syntax (v3), something like the example below:
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version: "3.0" services: owntracks-app: image: funkypenguin/owntracks env_file : /var/data/config/owntracks/owntracks.env volumes: - /var/data/owntracks:/owntracks networks: - internal - traefik_public ports: - 1883:1883 - 8883:8883 - 8083:8083 deploy: labels: # traefik common - traefik.enable=true - traefik.docker.network=traefik_public # traefikv1 - traefik.frontend.rule=Host:owntracks-app.example.com - traefik.port=8083 # traefikv2 - "traefik.http.routers.owntracks.rule=Host(`owntracks-app.example.com`)" - "traefik.http.services.owntracks.loadbalancer.server.port=8083" - "traefik.enable=true" # Remove if you wish to access the URL directly - "traefik.http.routers.owntracks.middlewares=forward-auth@file" networks: traefik_public: external: true internal: driver: overlay ipam: config: - subnet: 172.16.15.0/24
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 UI directly, you could remove the traefik-forward-auth from the design. ↩
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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