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
  • Select a project and navigate to VM instance.
  • Create a VM instance.
  • Select a preferred Machine Type (Default: 1cpu, 3.75GB 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- | 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 \
--smallfiles --oplogSize 128 --replSet rs0 --storageEngine=mmapv1
  • SSH into the mongodb docker container:
sudo docker exec -it mongo mongo
  • Execute the following script to configure the MongoDB replica set:
rs.initiate({ _id: 'rs0', members: [ { _id: 0, host: 'localhost: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= \
--env MONGO_URL=mongodb://mongo:27017/rocketchat \
--env MONGO_OPLOG_URL=mongodb://mongo:27017/local
Replace the ROOT_URL with your domain.
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.
If you want the containers to start automatically every time the instance reboots, configure the startup script for the instance:
  • Click on the instance and hit edit.
  • Under Custom metadata, add an item with the following:
key: "startup-script"
value: "sudo docker start mongo; sudo docker start rocketchat"
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!
Rocket.Chat versions receive support for six months after release.