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Hosting using Docker

Applications that use templ can be deployed using the same techniques and platforms as any other Go application.

An example Dockerfile is provided in the example.

Static content

Adding static content to the Docker container

Web applications often need to include static content such as CSS, images, and icon files.

The example has an assets directory for this purpose.

The COPY instruction in the Dockerfile copies all of the code and the assets directory to the container so that it can be served by the application.

# Build.
FROM golang:1.20 AS build-stage
COPY go.mod go.sum ./
RUN go mod download
COPY . /app
RUN CGO_ENABLED=0 GOOS=linux go build -o /entrypoint

# Deploy.
FROM AS release-stage
COPY --from=build-stage /entrypoint /entrypoint
COPY --from=build-stage /app/assets /assets
USER nonroot:nonroot
ENTRYPOINT ["/entrypoint"]

Serving static content

Once the /assets directory has been added to the deployment Docker container, the http.FileServer function must be used to serve the content.

func main() {
// Initialize the session.
sessionManager = scs.New()
sessionManager.Lifetime = 24 * time.Hour

mux := http.NewServeMux()

// Handle POST and GET requests.
mux.HandleFunc("/", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
if r.Method == http.MethodPost {
postHandler(w, r)
getHandler(w, r)

// Include the static content.
mux.Handle("/assets/", http.StripPrefix("/assets/", http.FileServer(http.Dir("assets"))))

// Add the middleware.
muxWithSessionMiddleware := sessionManager.LoadAndSave(mux)

// Start the server.
fmt.Println("listening on :8080")
if err := http.ListenAndServe(":8080", muxWithSessionMiddleware); err != nil {
log.Printf("error listening: %v", err)

Building and running the Docker container locally

Before you deploy your application to a hosting provider, you can build and run it locally.

First, you'll need to build the Docker container image.

docker build -t counter-basic:latest .

Then you can run the container image, making port 8080 on your localhost connect through to port 8080 inside the Docker container.

docker run -p 8080:8080 counter-basic:latest

Once the container starts, you can open a web browser at localhost:8080 and view the application.

Example deployment

The example is deployed at


This sample application stores the counts in RAM. If the server restarts, all of the information is lost. To avoid this, use a data store such as DynamoDB or Cloud Firestore. See for an example of this.