Install Quokka on a Centos VPS


install-quokka-on-a-centos-vpsIn this blog post we will show you how to install Quokka on a Centos VPS with Nginx and uWSGI. Quokka is open source flexible content management system based on the Flask web framework . You can use Quokka to build a web portal, publish a blog or use it as a document management system . With the existing Quokka modules you can create an e-commerce application or fundraising website. This guide should work on other Linux VPS systems as well but was tested and written for a Centos 7 VPS.

Login to your VPS via SSH

ssh root@vps

Install the EPEL repository

To install the EPEL repository on your CentOS VPS, just run:

[root]$ rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm

Update the system and install necessary packages

[root]$ yum -y update
[root]$ yum -y install git python-pip python-virtualenv pcre-devel python-imaging python-devel libjpeg-turbo-devel make gcc

Create a new system user

Create a new user for Quokka:

[root]$ adduser --comment 'Quokka User' --home-dir /home/quokka quokka
[root]$ chmod 755 /home/quokka

Install MongoDB

We will install the latest MongoDB 2.6 packages from the official MongoDB repository.

Create a /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb-org-2.6.repo file and insert the following lines:

[root]$ nano /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb-org-2.6.repo
[mongodb-org-2.6]
name=MongoDB 2.6 Repository
baseurl=http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/redhat/os/x86_64/
gpgcheck=0
enabled=1

Once you have saved the file, install MongoDB with the following command:

[root]$ yum -y install mongodb-org

Finaly start and enable MongoDB at boot:

[root]$ chkconfig mongod on
[root]$ systemctl start mongod

Create a python virtual environment and clone the Quokka source code

The following commands are run as quokka user. To switch to quokka user run:

[root]$ su - quokka

Create a new virtualenv using the following command

[quokka]$ virtualenv quokka-env

Clone the Quokka source code to the /home/quokka/quokka-env/quokka directory.

[quokka]$ cd quokka-env
[quokka]$ git clone https://github.com/quokkaproject/quokka

Switch to the new virtualenv

[quokka]$ source ~/quokka-env/bin/activate

Install all dependencies with:

(quokka-env)[quokka]$ cd quokka
(quokka-env)[quokka]$ pip install -r requirements/requirements.txt

If you want to populate the installation with sample data run :

(quokka-env)[quokka]$ /home/quokka/quokka-env/bin/python manage.py populate

Install and configure Nginx and uWSGI

Nginx is not available by default in CentOS 7 so we will use the official Nginx repository:

[root]$ rpm -Uvh http://nginx.org/packages/centos/7/noarch/RPMS/nginx-release-centos-7-0.el7.ngx.noarch.rpm

To install Nginx run:

[root]$ yum -y install nginx

Next, create a new Nginx server block:

[root]$ nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/YOUR_QUOKKA_DOMAIN.conf
server {
        server_name YOUR_QUOKKA_DOMAIN;
	client_body_in_file_only clean;
	client_body_buffer_size 64K;
	client_max_body_size 40M;
	sendfile on;
        send_timeout 300s;
        location ~ ^/(static|mediafiles)/ {
            root    /home/quokka/quokka-env/quokka/quokka;
            location ~* ^.+.(py|pyc|sh|bat|ini|pot|git)$ {deny all; }
            expires 7d;
        }
        location / {
            uwsgi_pass      unix:/home/quokka/quokka-env/quokka/etc/logs/quokka.socket;
            include         /etc/nginx/uwsgi_params;
            uwsgi_param     UWSGI_SCHEME $scheme;
            uwsgi_param     SERVER_SOFTWARE    nginx/$nginx_version;
        }
}

Install uWSGI using pip

pip install --upgrade uwsgi

Create uwsgi configuration file for Quokka:

mkdir /etc/uwsgi.d/
[root]$ nano /etc/uwsgi.d/quokka.ini
[uwsgi]
chmod-socket = 666
virtualenv = /home/quokka/quokka-env
mount  = /=wsgi:application
chdir  = /home/quokka/quokka-env/quokka
socket = /home/quokka/quokka-env/quokka/etc/logs/%n.socket
stats  = /home/quokka/quokka-env/quokka/etc/logs/%n.stats.socket
logto  = /home/quokka/quokka-env/quokka/etc/logs/%n.log
workers = 4
uid = quokka
gid = quokka
max-requests = 2000
limit-as = 512
reload-on-as = 256
reload-on-rss = 192

Open your editor of choice and create a new systemd service for Quokka:

[root]$ nano /etc/systemd/system/uwsgi.service

and add the following code lines:

[Unit]
Description=uWSGI Emperor Service
After=syslog.target

[Service]
ExecStart=/usr/bin/uwsgi --master --die-on-term --emperor /etc/uwsgi.d
ExecReload=/bin/kill -HUP $MAINPID
KillSignal=SIGINT
Restart=always
Type=notify
StandardError=syslog
NotifyAccess=all

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Start and enable uWSGI at boot:

[root]$ systemctl enable uwsgi
[root]$ systemctl start uwsgi

Start and enable Nginx at boot:

[root]$ systemctl enable nginx
[root]$ systemctl start nginx

That’s it. You have successfully installed your Quokka. To access it, open http://YOUR_QUOKKA_DOMAIN/ in your browser. For more information about Quokka, please refer to the official Quokka website.


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