To run Discourse on Linode, you can follow these steps:
- Sign up for a Linode account and create a new Linode instance.
- Install the necessary software stack:
SSH into your Linode instance using a terminal or SSH client.
Update the package manager: sudo apt update
Install Docker: sudo apt install docker.io
Add the user to the docker group: sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
Log out and log back in to apply the group changes.
- Configure your Linode instance:
Set up a domain name or subdomain that will be used to access your Discourse installation.
Set up DNS records to point your domain/subdomain to the IP address of your Linode instance.
- Clone the Discourse source code:
Create a new directory for Discourse: mkdir ~/discourse
Clone the Discourse repository: git clone https://github.com/discourse/discourse.git ~/discourse
- Configure Discourse:
Change to the Discourse directory: cd ~/discourse
Copy the sample configuration file: cp samples/standalone.yml containers/app.yml
Edit the configuration file: nano containers/app.yml
Set the DISCOURSE_HOSTNAME value to your domain/subdomain.
Set other configurations if needed (e.g., SMTP email settings).
Save and exit the file.
- Start Discourse:
Run the Discourse setup script: ./discourse-setup
Follow the instructions provided by the setup script:
Enter your email address.
Enter a strong password for the Discourse admin account.
Choose whether to enable Let's Encrypt SSL.
Wait for the setup process to complete.
- Access Discourse:
After the setup process finishes, you should be able to access your Discourse installation by visiting your domain/subdomain in a web browser.
That's it! You now have Discourse running on Linode. You can customize and manage your Discourse installation through the web interface.