Install and configure eXo Platform with Nginx as a reverse proxy on a Debian 8 VPS

eXo Platform is an out-of-the-box social intranet solution written in Java. It allows developers to build modern business portals with complete collaborative and content management features.

With eXo you can also create social intranets with rich collaboration features such as wikis, forums, calendars and documents smartly integrated around activity streams, social networking and workspaces. It is carefully designed to instantly engage users. It runs within the trusted security of an enterprise platform and is highly customizable to adapt when your needs evolve.

In this article, we will cover the steps needed for installing eXo Platform on a Debian 8 VPS.


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Login to your server via SSH

# ssh root@server_ip

You can check whether you have the proper version of Debian installed on our server with the below command:

# lsb_release -a

Which should give you the underneath output:

Distributor ID: Debian
Description: Debian GNU/Linux 8.2 (jessie)
Release: 8.2
Codename: jessie


Make sure your server is fully up to date. Also, install wget and unzip:

# apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

# apt-get install unzip wget


In order to run eXo Platform, you need to install Java on your server. Therefore, add the Java PPA repository in your Debian system. Then install Oracle Java 7 with the following commands:

# echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/java/ubuntu trusty main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-java.list
# echo "deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/java/ubuntu trusty main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-java.list

# apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys EEA14886

Update the package index and install Java 7:

# apt-get update

# apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

Check if Java has been properly installed:

# java -version

You should receive the following output:

java version "1.7.0_80"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_80-b15)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.80-b11, mixed mode)


We will download and unzip eXo in the /opt directory. Run the below commands:

# cd /opt

# wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/exo/files/latest/download -O eXo-Platform-community.zip

# unzip eXo-Platform-community.zip

Rename and move the unpacked installation into the /usr/share directory:

# mv platform-community-* platform-community

# mv platform-community /usr/share/platform-community

Once that is done, you can start eXo. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselfs. First we need to install Nginx.


Basically what you need to do is to install Nginx and setup a configuration file so you can run eXo from your domain.

Install, start and enable Nginx to start on boot with the three below commands:

# apt-get install nginx

# systemctl start nginx

# systemctl enable nginx

Now, open a new Nginx configuration file.

# nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/exo

Once opened, paste the following:

upstream exo {

server {
    listen      80;
    server_name your_domain;

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/exo.access.log;
    error_log   /var/log/nginx/exo.error.log;

    proxy_buffers 16 64k;
    proxy_buffer_size 128k;

location / {
        proxy_pass  http://exo;
        proxy_next_upstream error timeout invalid_header http_500 http_502 http_503 http_504;
        proxy_redirect off;

        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-Proto https;


Do not forget to replace your_domain with your actual domain.

Enable the new configuration by creating a sym link:

# ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/exo /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Restart Nginx:

# service nginx restart

The last thing you need to do is to start eXo Platform. We will use the below command to start eXo as a background process:

# /usr/share/platform-community/start_eXo.sh &

You can stop eXo with:

# /usr/share/platform-community/stop_eXo.sh

Now, open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your_domain. You will be welcomed by a page like the one in the underneath image:

Do the configuration according to your needs and finish the eXo Platform installation.

Congratulations, you have successfully installed eXo Platform on your Debian 8 VPS.

Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS Hosting services in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install eXo Platform for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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