An in-depth guide on installing and setting up Traefik as a reverse proxy and securing it with Let’s Encrypt.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Install Docker (if not already installed)

Install Docker according to the instructions for your operating system. You can find the installation guides on the official Docker website.

Step 2: Create a Docker network

Open a terminal or command prompt and run the following command:

docker network create web

Step 3: Prepare the Traefik configuration file

Create a directory on your machine to store the Traefik configuration files. For example, /path/to/traefik/config. Inside the configuration directory, create a file named traefik.toml and paste the following content:

# traefik.toml
  dashboard = true

    address = ":80"
    address = ":443"

  exposedByDefault = false

  email = "[email protected]"
  storage = "acme.json"
    entryPoint = "http" 

Make sure to replace [email protected] with your actual email address.

Step 4: Create the Traefik container

Run the following command to create the Traefik container:

docker run -d \
  --name=traefik \
  -p 80:80 \
  -p 443:443 \
  -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
  -v /path/to/traefik/config:/etc/traefik \
  -v /path/to/traefik/acme.json:/acme.json \
  --network=web \

Replace /path/to/traefik/config with your machine’s actual path to the Traefik configuration directory.

Step 5: Set up Let’s Encrypt for automatic SSL/TLS certificates

Run the following command to create the acme.json file and set its permissions:

touch /path/to/traefik/acme.json && chmod 600 /path/to/traefik/acme.json

Step 6: Configure and start your services

Start your other Docker containers or services you want to proxy through Traefik. You need to add the appropriate labels to the Docker container for each service. Here’s an example of how to configure a service:

docker run -d \
  --name=myapp \
  -p 8080:80 \
  -l "traefik.enable=true" \
  -l "traefik.http.routers.myapp.rule=Host(``)" \
  -l "traefik.http.routers.myapp.entrypoints=http" \
  --network=web \

Replace myapp with the name of your service/container and with your desired domain name.

Step 7: Test the setup

Open a web browser and visit You should see the Traefik dashboard. Ensure you have proper DNS records for your domain and that it resolves to the server running Traefik. That’s it! You have successfully installed and set up Traefik as a reverse proxy. Let’s Encrypt will automatically generate SSL/TLS certificates for your services.

Please note that this guide assumes you have a basic understanding of Docker and DNS configuration. Make sure to adapt the instructions to your specific setup and requirements.