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OliveTin gives safe and simple access to predefined shell commands from a web interface.

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Use cases

Safely give access to commands, for less technical people;

  • eg: Give your family a button to podman restart plex
  • eg: Give junior admins a simple web form with dropdowns, to start your custom script. backupScript.sh --folder {{ customerName }}
  • eg: Enable SSH access to the server for the next 20 mins firewall-cmd --add-service ssh --timeout 20m

Simplify complex commands, make them accessible and repeatable;

  • eg: Expose complex commands on touchscreen tablets stuck on walls around your house. wake-on-lan aa:bb:cc:11:22:33
  • eg: Run long running on your servers from your cell phone. dnf update -y
  • eg: Define complex commands with lots of preset arguments, and turn a few arguments into dropdown select boxes. docker rm {{ container }} && docker create {{ container }} && docker start {{ container }}

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YouTube demo video (6 mins)

6 minute demo video


  • Responsive, touch-friendly UI – great for tablets and mobile
  • Super simple config in YAML – because if it’s not YAML now-a-days, it’s not “cloud native” 🙂
  • Dark mode – for those of you that roll that way.
  • Accessible – passes all the accessibility checks in Firefox, and issues with accessibility are taken seriously.
  • Container – available for quickly testing and getting it up and running, great for the selfhosted community.
  • Integrate with anything – OliveTin just runs Linux shell commands, so theoretially you could integrate with a bunch of stuff just by using curl, ping, etc. However, writing your own shell scripts is a great way to extend OliveTin.
  • Lightweight on resources – uses only a few MB of RAM and barely any CPU. Written in Go, with a web interface written as a modern, responsive, Single Page App that uses the REST/gRPC API.
  • Good amount of unit tests and style checks – helps potential contributors be consistent, and helps with maintainability.


Desktop web browser;

Desktop screenshot

Desktop web browser (dark mode);

Desktop screenshot

Mobile screen size (responsive layout);

Mobile screenshot


All documentation can be found at http://docs.olivetin.app . This includes installation and usage guide, etc.

Quickstart reference for config.yaml

This is a quick example of config.yaml – but again, lots of documentation for how to write your config.yaml can be found at the documentation site.

Put this config.yaml in /etc/OliveTin/ if you’re running a standard service, or mount it at /config if running in a container.

# Listen on all addresses available, port 1337

# Choose from INFO (default), WARN and DEBUG
logLevel: "INFO"

# Actions (buttons) to show up on the WebUI:
  # Docs: https://docs.olivetin.app/action-container-control.html 
- title: Restart Plex
  icon: restart
  shell: docker restart plex
  # This will send 1 ping 
  # Docs: https://docs.olivetin.app/action-ping.html
- title: Ping host
  shell: ping {{ host }} -c {{ count }}
  icon: ping
    - name: host
      title: host
      type: ascii_identifier
      default: example.com

    - name: count
      title: Count
      type: int
      default: 1
  # Restart http on host "webserver1"
  # Docs: https://docs.olivetin.app/action-ssh.html
- title: restart httpd
  icon: restart
  shell: ssh [email protected] 'service httpd restart'

A full example config can be found at in this repository – config.yaml.


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