FitTrackee is an open-source fitness tracker selfhosted application that can also sync with Garmin and Strava. It is aimed at outdoor acvities.


Detailed instructions can be found here. There is no container for FitTrackee, so i will show you how to install on bare-metal.

useradd -d /data/daemons/fittrackee -m fittrackee

FitTrackee uses Python, so check out PIP on Gentoo page to enable virtual environments and PIP for the fittrackee user.

python -m venv venv_ft source venv_ft/bin/activate pip install fittrackee

Now, FitTrackee requires PostgreSQL, so you need to install and start it. For reference, and this and this are the Gentoo wiki pages on PostgreSQL. These two pages are very well written and will let you setup your postgres in a few moments.

From now on i assume PostgreSQL is installed and ready.

Now access your postgres as admin user and create the database:

psql -U postgres

type in the following SQL statements:

CREATE SCHEMA fittrackee AUTHORIZATION fittrackee;
CREATE DATABASE fittrackee OWNER fittrackee;
export PORT=5123
export APP_SECRET_KEY=<my secret>
export APP_LOG=/data/daemons/fittrackee/log.txt
export UPLOAD_FOLDER=/data/daemons/fittrackee/uploads
export DATABASE_URL=postgresql://fittrackee:xxxxxxx@
export UI_URL=
export EMAIL_URL=smtp://
export FLASK_APP=fittrackee

Ensure this .env file is sourced in your ~/.bashrc.

As a reference:

(only last lines shown)
export PATH=$PATH:~/.local/bin
source venv_ft/bin/activate
source .env

Now, initialize the database: ftcli db upgrade

To start FitTrackee see the autostart script below.

Reverse Proxy

I have deployed FitTrackee on a subdomain, because i already had one set up for it. Check The Reverse Proxy concept for more details:

server {
        listen 443 ssl;
        listen 8443 ssl;

        access_log /var/log/nginx/train.gardiol.org_access_log main;
        error_log /var/log/nginx/train.gardiol.org_error_log info;

        location / {
                proxy_redirect    default;
                proxy_set_header  Host $host;
                proxy_set_header  X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
                proxy_set_header  X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
                proxy_set_header  X-Forwarded-Host $server_name;
                proxy_set_header  X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;

        client_max_body_size 100M;
        include org.gardiol/certbot.conf;


If you follow my Custom User Services approach…

Create the script /data/daemons/
cd ~
export PATH=$PATH:~/.local/bin
source venv_ft/bin/activate
source .env
# Workers are not really needed on very small instances. Uncomment if you need them
# flask worker --processes 2&

and make it executable.

Then add the links (as root):

 ln -s 65-fittrackee--script.start
server /etc/local.d # ln -s 65-fittrackee--script.stop

and run the start link now to start it.

User management

If you do not require generating and managing many users, you can manually create them:

ftcli users create --password <password> --lang en --email myuser
ftcli users update myuser --set-admin true

and then disable user registration from the admin panel in theweb GUI, set the number of active users to a fixed quantity instead of zero.

Log rotation

If you use logrotate (you should), create a new file under /etc/logrotate.d/fittrackee:

/data/daemons/fittrackee/log.txt {

Sending emails

Work in progress.

Garmin Integration

A Garmin bridge for FitTrackee exist here.

First of all, as the same fittrackee user, install the bridge:

pip install --upgrade --index-url --extra-index-url garmin-to-fittrackee

Now, citing the documentation in the above link, y ou need to create an application in your Fittrackee instance so go to you're fittrackee account, then go to “apps”, then “Add an application”. In the “Add a new OAuth2 application” section; chose your Application name (let's put GarminConnect as an example). As “application URL” and “Redirect URL” set your FitTrackee URL, so for example Enable all the scopes.

After submit your application, an application ID and secret are displayed: note those down as you will NEVER see them again inside FitTrackee!

At this point, setup the link to Garmin, from your fittrackee user terminal:

.garmin2fittrackee setup config-tool

You will need to provide your garmin credentials for login.

And, last, connect to FitTrackee:

garmin2fittrackee setup fittrackee --client-id <the client ID above> --client-secret <the secret above> --fittrackee-domain

You will be prompted an URL, carefully copy it and paste to your browser (it's a multi-line link, so be careful). After clicking on authorize in FitTrackee web page, copy carefully the browser URL (again, make sure you copy ALL of it) back to the terminal window.

At last, start the actual sync:

 garmin2fittrackee sync

NOTE: ensure your FitTrackee has no activities already logged, or GarminConnect will only fetch starting from today. If you want to export all garmin activities from the past, your FitTrackee user must have no activities logged.

This will take a while. You will want to run this as a cron task every 6 hours or so, create the following script:
cd ~
export PATH=$PATH:~/.local/bin
source venv_ft/bin/activate
source .env
garmin2fittrackee sync

and make it executable.

Then schedule it as many times per day as you like in your crontab:

0 0 * * * /data/daemons/fittrackee/ &> ~/cron.log
6 0 * * * /data/daemons/fittrackee/ &> ~/cron.log
12 0 * * * /data/daemons/fittrackee/ &> ~/cron.log
18 0 * * * /data/daemons/fittrackee/ &> ~/cron.log
crontab -e