How To: Install NodeBB on DigitalOcean/Ubuntu 18.04

  • GNU/Linux Admin

    Interested in installing NodeBB? There has always been a latent demand for free forum software – oftentimes, monetary investment in a solution does not make sense for communities just starting out, or smaller enthusiast forums.

    At the same time, community leaders often don't have the technical know-how to install software such as NodeBB, especially when the steps require use of the command line. It often becomes an instant no-go for some evaluations of the software. In reality, the use of the command line is minimal, and this guide aims to be used as a reference for installing NodeBB, and making it accessible to even those with minimal-to-no background knowledge with the bash shell. (If you don't know what the bash shell is – perfect! This guide is for you.)

    Click here to see the full blog post

  • That's great! Thank you Julian. I was just wondering, has anyone ever attempted to create a DigitalOcean image or applet for easier deployment?

  • It also looks good to add several lines to show how to install redis..

    Step 4: Log into your new Droplet and install some necessary software to run NodeBB and harden your server

    sudo apt install redis-server

    Above DOES NOT work (see ), the following works:

    sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chris-lea/redis-server
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt -y install redis-server

  • GNU/Linux Admin

    Hello @sharonyue, this guide is actually meant for installation with MongoDB as the data store, so redis is not necessary 🙂 however you may use it if you wish.

    The chris-lea PPA is no longer necessary on 18.04

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