nodebbIn the following post we will show you how to install and configure NodeBB on an Ubuntu VPS. NodeBB is a modern and open-source Forum Software powered by Node.js . It is a powerful discussion platform offering one-click plugin install, social network connectivity and responsive design.


Login to your server using SSH

ssh [email protected]

Update the system and install all the necessary packages.

~ # ❯❯❯ sudo apt-get -y update && apt-get -y upgrade
~ # ❯❯❯ sudo apt-get -y install python-software-properties git sed supervisor

Install the latest version of Nodejs

~ # ❯❯❯ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chris-lea/node.js
~ # ❯❯❯ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nodejs

Install the the latest version of Redis

~ # ❯❯❯ sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:rwky/redis
~ # ❯❯❯ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y redis-server

Pull down the latest NodeBB code

~ # ❯❯❯ mkdir ~/myNodebbApp && cd $_
~ # ❯❯❯ git clone . # do not forget the dot at the end

Configure NodeBB

Install all NodeBB’s dependencies

 # ❯❯❯ npm install

Type the following, while in the NodeBB root directory:

~ # ❯❯❯ node app --setup='{ 
    "base_url": "",
    "admin:username": "adminUsername", 
    "admin:password": "adminPassword", 
    "admin:password:confirm": "adminPassword",
    "admin:email": "[email protected]"

Using Nginx as a proxy for NodeBB

Install and Configure the the latest version of Nginx

~ # ❯❯❯ sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:nginx/stable
~ # ❯❯❯ sudo apt-get update
~ # ❯❯❯ sudo apt-get install -y nginx

Set the worker_processes to the number of processors in your system. To find out the number of processors in your system and set the worker_processes, run the following command:

~ # ❯❯❯ sudo sed -i "0,/^worker_processes/ s/^worker_processes .*$/worker_processes `grep -c processor /proc/cpuinfo`;/"  /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Create a new nginx virtual host

~ # ❯❯❯ sudo vim /etc/nginx/sites-available/
server {
    listen       80;
    location / {
        proxy_pass        http://localhost:4567/;

        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 $scheme;

        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_buffering   off;

        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
~ # ❯❯❯ sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
~ # ❯❯❯ sudo /etc/init.d/nginx restart

That’s it. Now open your browser and navigate to your domain.

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