Run Lookyloo in Production

Please follow the default installation guide first.

Reverse proxy (nginx)

The relevant sample configuration file is:


Modify server_name to point to the domain or IP you want to use for Lookyloo.

If you didn’t modify website_listen_ip and website_listen_port in config/generic.json, the rest of this file will work out of the box. Otherwise, adapt the file accordingly.

Copy the file to the expected directory for nginx:

cp etc/nginx/sites-available/lookyloo /etc/nginx/sites-available/

Optionally, you can remove the default site:

sudo rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default

Enable the website, check and restart nginx:

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/lookyloo /etc/nginx/sites-enabled
sudo nginx -t
# If it is cool:
sudo service nginx restart

Systemd service

Adapt the confirguration file to your system

The relevant sample configuration file is:


In this one, you will need to edit the file accordingly to your configuration:

  • User: system user used to install lookyloo

  • Group: group of the user used to install lookyloo

  • WorkingDirectory: path to the directory where you cloned the repository

  • Environment: Path to the directory where the poetry executable is. You can find it by using whereis:

    $ whereis poetry
    poetry: /home/lookyloo/.local/bin/poetry

    In this case, you will use: /home/lookyloo/.local/bin. If you installed poetry as root, it might be /usr/local/bin or even /usr/bin

    Always make sure you have :/usr/bin at the end. Otherwise, the service may not be able to find the python3 executable.

In the end, the service file should look something like that:

Description=uWSGI instance to serve lookyloo

ExecStart=/bin/bash -c "exec poetry run start"
ExecStop=/bin/bash -c "exec poetry run stop"


Set it up

Copy the file to the expected directory:

cp etc/systemd/system/lookyloo.service.sample /etc/systemd/system/lookyloo.service
sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Start, and check the status of the systemd service:

sudo systemctl start lookyloo
sudo systemctl status lookyloo

If everything is fine, enable the service so it automatically starts on reboot:

sudo systemctl enable lookyloo

Logging and rotation

The systemd services write the stdout and stderr logs into /var/log. Over time, these files will keep growing and it may become a problem. If you want to avoid that, you can add the logrotate configurations:

sudo cp etc/logrotate.d/lookyloo /etc/logrotate.d/lookyloo
sudo systemctl restart logrotate

Final remarks

If everything above went fine, you can connect to lookyloo in your browser: http://<IP-or-domain-in-nginx-config>/

You probably want to enable TLS on the website. The easiest way is to use Let’s Encrypt, and Digital Ocean has a great guide for Ubuntu 20.04.