In this tutorial, we will explain how to install Zulip on Ubuntu 16.04 server.
- A Server running Ubuntu 16.04.
- A sudo user.
Step 1: Update the system
First, login to your server via SSH using the sudo user and update your system with the latest stable version with the following command:
sudo apt-get update -y sudo apt-get upgrade -y sudo shutdown -r now
Once your system is up-to-date, you can proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Install Required Packages
First, you will need to install required packages on your system. You can install it with the following command:
sudo apt-get install python-dev python-pip openssl nano vim wget -y
Once all the packages are installed, you can proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Install SSL Certificate
Before starting, install OpenSSL with the following command:
sudo apt-get install openssl -y
Next, generate a self signed ssl certificates with the following command:
sudo openssl genrsa -des3 -passout pass:x -out zulip.pass.key 4096 sudo openssl rsa -passin pass:x -in zulip.pass.key -out /etc/ssl/private/zulip.key sudo rm -rf zulip.pass.key sudo openssl req -new -key /etc/ssl/private/zulip.key -out zulip.csr sudo openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in zulip.csr -signkey /etc/ssl/private/zulip.key -out /etc/ssl/certs/zulip.combined-chain.crt
Step 4: Download and Install Zulip
You can download the latest stable version of the Zulip from their official website with the following command:
Once the download is complete, extract the downloaded archive with the following command:
tar -xvzf zulip-server-latest.tar.gz
Next, change the directory to zulip and run the install script to start the installation with the following command:
cd zulip sudo ./scripts/setup/install
Next, you will need to modify
settings.py located at
sudo nano /etc/zulip/settings.py
Change the file as shown below:
EXTERNAL_HOST localhost ZULIP_ADMINISTRATOR firstname.lastname@example.org ADMIN_DOMAIN domain.com DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL email@example.com NOREPLY_EMAIL_ADDRESS firstname.lastname@example.org
Save and close the file when you are finished, then initialize the postgresql database using the following command:
su zulip -c /home/zulip/deployments/current/scripts/setup/initialize-database
Once everything is setup correctly, restart zulip to check for any errors by running the following command:
su zulip -c /home/zulip/deployments/current/scripts/restart-server
Step 5: Access Zulip Web Interface
Once everything is setup properly. Open your web browser and navigate to the URL
http://your-server-ip, and register your new account.
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