Testing Retool on-prem

If you're like us, you probably have a lot of data that is only accessible from your private network. That's why we built the on-prem version of Retool. This 5 minute guide will help you set up a trial of on-premise Retool locally or on a cloud service.

Running Retool locally on a Mac



This guide assumes you have docker & docker-compose installed. If not, do that first.

Running the script

Run this script to create Retool at ~/retool/retool-onpremise and run the docker containers

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/tryretool/retool-onpremise/master/local-trial)"

Retool will now be running at localhost:3000. You can open this page in your browser then click sign up.

Explaining the script

The script did three main things:

  1. Downloaded the latest version of Retool and installed it in ~/Retool
  2. Configured the docker.env file with the correct environment variables
  3. Ran the Retool docker containers

To stop running Retool,you can end the process by running stop-local-trial, which is inside ~/retool/retool-onpremise by default.

Connecting to a resource

A resource is a datasource that you can read into your Retool application and use while building an app.

If your machine is on your company's VPN, you should be able to add your internal resources. If you want to add a database that you have running locally, make sure to use host.docker.internal as the host in the resource configuration screen to tell Retool to look outside of the Docker container that it is running in.

Next steps

That's it! Have fun, build a few apps, and reach out if you'd like help with a more permanent deployment!

Running Retool in a cloud service or with Linux

To run trial Retool on a cloud service like AWS, Azure, or Heroku you can follow a similar installation process on the machine.

You can follow these instructions to create the right instance and get Retool running. These docs also contain the instructions for running locally on Linux.

Troubleshooting and FAQs

Retool has support accessible through the Intercom bubble on this page! You can contact us if the FAQs below don't answer your question.

Retool failed to start when I ran the script and I'm not sure why

There are a few common reasons Retool fails:

  1. You don't have docker or docker-compose installed correctly.
  2. You are on Linux to add sudo when running docker-compse up
  3. You need to add the license key LOCAL-ONLY-TRIAL to the docker.env file

I keep getting redirected to the homepage after logging in or signing up

Make sure COOKIE_INSECURE=true is set in the docker.env file

Updated about 4 hours ago

Testing Retool on-prem

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