We already shown how to install Muximux on Docker commandline, which works on all platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac. Muximux provides a lightweight Web UI to manage your HTPC or Home Server. For people who don't prefer commandline installation, we presented Kitematic Docker GUI for Windows. In this post, I will show you how simple it is to install Muximux on Docker using Kitematic GUI for Docker engine. Unfortunately, at this point, there is no Kitematic like tool for non-Windows environment. Therefore, you can only install Muximux using Kitematic on Windows systems.
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Install Muximux on Docker using Kitematic
If you still do not know about Docker, I strongly recommend our guides on what is Docker and its installation on Windows and Ubuntu. In short, Docker allows installing home server apps such as Muximux as self-contained containers, making it easy to install and manage them. No complicated Muximux setup procedures. So, without further ado let's see how to install Muximux using Kitematic Docker GUI.
If you have not setup Kitematic yet, follow our Kitematic Windows Guide to set it up first.
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1. Search for Muximux Docker Hub Container
Once Kitematic is open and connected to your Docker engine. Search for "Linuxserver Muximux" in the search box as shown in the picture below.
There are several Muximux container images available on Docker hub. We are going to install LinuxServer's container. If you want to see all available Muximux containers, search for just "Muximux". I typically get the containers with high like and download numbers. LinuxServer's containers are widely used (needo and timhaak are other good ones). You may certainly try other containers. Remember, one of the advantages of Docker is that it isolates containers from the base OS and therefore you cannot damage your OS.
2. Create New Muximux Container
Once your figure out which Muximux container image you want to use (in this case LinuxServer's), hit the "Create" button as shown in the picture above to install Muximux on Docker. The Muximux container image will start to download as shown below.
3. Setup Muximux using Kitematic
Once Muximux Docker Hub container image is downloaded, Kitematic will use the image to create a new container with Muximux. Wait for the container setup to complete.
When done, you will see the "RUNNING" status and the Muximux web access link or URL and port, as shown in the picture above.
4. Setup Docker Volumes for Muximux
By default, Docker containers will save any data in the containers folder in C Drive (User’s folder) and Muximux won’t have access to folders outside that. For most apps, you will have to make some changes in the Docker Volumes section shown below. But not for Muximux.
Do not setup a folder for "config" as this often leads to Muximux database corruption. So there is really nothing to change here.
5. Change Muximux Port Number
Before accessing Muximux, I recommend changing
MAC IP:PORT. Under Settings -> Ports for the Muximux container, you can change the access port to the default port number or anything of your liking. If I let Docker decide the port number, I noticed that sometimes the container does not start, possibly due to port conflicts. While manually changing, if you choose a port number that is already being used by another service, Kitematic will notify you. You will then have to choose a different port number. In this case, I set the
MAC IP:PORT to the same as
DOCKER PORT for Muximux (ie. 80). This allows you to set port forwarding on your router and access Muximux from outside your home network. However, if you have another service listening in port 80 or 443 (typically webservers) then choose a different port. Make sure to restart your container after making the port change.
Access Muximux Container on Docker
You may then access Muximux on your web browser using the URL or Link displayed in the "Home" tab or under "Ports".
If Muximux opens up in your browser as shown above, you are all set. Notice how much more simple it is to setup Muximux using Kitematic than commandline? Now you can go ahead and configure it manage your Sonarr, SickRage, CouchPotato, and other service from one beautiful web interface. Muximux is similar to HTPC Manager. If you do not like Muximux, you may install HTPC Manager instead. Sounds exciting? Go ahead install Muximux on Docker using Kitematic GUI and make your home server better.