I’m very new to all this technology so, please take this with a grain of salt. The reason I’m writing it is because I couldn’t find another guide that had end-to-end setup on Tyk in Docker on Windows 10.
Tyk is an API Gateway product that can be used to help manage a centralized location of many services/micro services. It is a product which is built on top of the nginx web server. And, nginx is really only supported as a “server” product on *nix based systems. Their Windows build is considered a beta.
So, there are already some good guides for each of the next steps, I’m just gonna pull them all together, and add one extra piece at the end.
There are a couple ways to get around the limitation of nginx only being “production ready on *nix”, but I choose to try out Tyk on Docker. Docker is the multiplatform container host that has created a lot of buzz within the cloud space. But, it also seems pretty awesome at setting up small containers on your local machine too.
The docker installation wizard is pretty straight forward, so no worries there. Once, installed right-click on the Docker systray icon and select Open Kitematic …
A pop-up window should come up containing instructions on how to download and install Kitematic. It was amazingly simple and gave a nice GUI interface over the command line.
Follow Tyk’s Installer Instructions
Tyk provides instructions to setup the API gateway & dashboard with Docker on their website. I would suggest getting an account at Docker Hub. I don’t remember when in the process I created one, but I needed it to access … something.
In Step 2. Get the quick start compose files you’ll need to git clone the files to an folder under you C:\Users\XXXX folder. For me, Docker had a permissions restriction that only allowed containers to mount volumes from folders under my user folder. (So, that could be interesting if you run a container on a server under a service account.)
The silver lining about this set of containers is that they only need to use config files from your local drive. So, it’s not like your C:\Users folder is going to store a database.
In Step 4. Bootstrap your dashboard and portal, if you have bash available to you I would suggest trying it when you run ./setup.sh. I haven’t installed Win10 Anniversary Update, Git Bash, or Cygwin so I didn’t have bash available to run setup.sh.
However, I do feel somewhat comfortable in powershell, and the setup.sh script didn’t look too long. Below is the powershell conversion, which you should be saved in the same directory as setup.sh, and you should run .\setup.ps1 from the PowerShell ISE with the arguments that you want.
After that, I had a running Tyk API Gateway.
Since this was all new technology I ran into a lot of errors and read through a lot of issue/forum posts. Which makes me think this might not be the best idea for a production setup. If you’re able to make linux servers within your production environment, I would strongly suggest that.
Because I made so many mistakes I got used to these three commands which really helped recreate the environment whenever I messed things up. I hope this helps.