A rapid development environment using docker for convenience

Takeoff Blueprints

Takeoff is the core program that allows the easy deployment of blueprints as environments.

A basic blueprint has the following layout:

|- env
    |- <application 1>
    |- <application 2>
|- docker
    |- docker-compose.yml
    |- application1
        |- Dockerfile
    |- application2
        |- Dockerfile



The takeoff.md file is used to define the tasks that get run in order in a blueprint for setup. This allows you to install local dependencies as well as run shell commands before running the docker commands. Here you have full control over how the blueprint setup runs.

    ## npm:install:api

    Run task `npm:install:app` after this

    cd env/api && npm install --silent

    ## npm:install:app

    Run task `docker:compose` after this

    cd env/frontend-app && npm install --silent

    ## docker:compose

    docker-compose -f docker/docker-compose.yml build --no-cache

The first task in the file is always run, and then you tell is which subsequent tasks you want it to run. Use bash as a tick block helper to define the commands. They are run from the root of the project directory (e.g. takeoff/projects/my-project). The format has been simplified from Maid which it is inspired from, and the intention is to re-add features however this is a lower priority just now.


The package.json should have the following minimum items in it:

  "name": "takeoff-blueprint-<name>",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "description": "Description of your package",
  "keywords": [
  "licence": "MIT",
  "repository": {
    "type": "git",
    "url": "https://github.com/takeoff-env/takeoff-blueprint-<name>.git"
  "author": "You <[email protected]>"

Currently we don’t use the keywords, but in future the CLI will support these when searching for blueprints.


The env folder contains all your application code and assets. This allows you to mount these as volumes in the docker-compose.yml file.


This is the docker configuration folder, it contains a docker-compose.yml. This is where you configure your services that talk to each other. Take a look at the basic examples file

Also within the docker folder are the name of your services you wish to serve. These can be simple one line configurations, or complex sets of scripts to be run in order.