Deploy on Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine (GCE) is a scalable and flexible Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution from the Google Cloud Platform. Deploying Rocket.Chat on GCE gives you a robust and reliable communication platform for your organization. In this guide, you'll learn step-by-step through deploying Rocket.Chat with Google Compute Engine.

Preparation Steps

Before you begin, make sure you have the following:

Deploying Rocket.Chat on Google Compute Engine

Create a Compute Instance

  • Create a new project and select it.

  • Click Create a VM instance.

  • Select a preferred Machine Type (Default: 2vCPU, 1 core , 4GB Memory).

  • Select a Linux image (Default: Debian/ubuntu).

  • Allow HTTP and HTTPS Traffic.

  • Click Create.

To learn more about VM instances, see the official documentation.

Deploy Rocket.Chat

  • SSH into the VM instance.

  • Install docker on the instance with this command:

sudo wget -qO- https://get.docker.com/ | sh
  • Create a container network by running this command:

sudo docker network create chatNetwork
  • To install a docker image for MongoDB, run this command:

sudo docker run --name mongo --network chatNetwork -d mongo  --oplogSize 128 --replSet rs0
  • SSH into the mongodb docker container:

sudo docker exec -it mongo mongosh
  • Execute the following script to configure the MongoDB replica set:

rs.initiate({ _id: 'rs0', members: [ { _id: 0, host: 'mongo:27017' } ]})
  • Exit the docker container.

  • To install a docker image for Rocket.Chat, run the following command:

docker run --name rocketchat -d -p 80:3000 \
--network chatNetwork --env PORT=3000 \
--env ROOT_URL=https://<your-domain> \
--env MONGO_URL=mongodb://mongo:27017/rocketchat \
--env MONGO_OPLOG_URL=mongodb://mongo:27017/local rocket.chat:latest
  • Replace the <your-domain> with your domain name.

  • Ensure that the domain is pointing to your server IP address.

Rocket.Chat is currently up and running on the compute engine. To access it, open a web browser and enter the external IP address of the instance. You can also access your workspace from http://<your-domain>.

To confirm that Rocket.Chat container is running on the compute engine, run this command:

sudo docker ps -a

If you want the containers to start automatically every time the instance reboots, configure the startup script for the instance with the appropriate docker commands.

Great job on setting up Rocket.Chat on Google Compute Engine! Now, you have a secure and scalable platform for collaboration with real-time communication, monitoring, and backups. Expect better teamwork and productivity!

Last updated

Rocket.Chat versions receive support for six months after release.