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    This is a community supported installation method. You can discuss about this in the forum thread.

    Last updated 2017-08-26

    Node.js version: 8.9.3

    Rocket.Chat version: 0.60.0

    These are barebones instructions for how to set up a Rocket.Chat server on OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 using Nginx as a reverse proxy. These will help you set up a system you can experiment with. THEY ARE NOT INTENDED FOR SETUP OF A PRODUCTION SYSTEM. They are oriented on using a VM from AWS, but should work for any Leap 42.2 system.


    You will install and configure:

    1. Node.js

    2. MongoDB

    3. Let's Encrypt SSL certificates

    4. Nginx

    5. Rocket.Chat and its dependencies

    To do this, you will:

    1. Acquire a VM to install on

    2. Install all the packages you'll need

    3. Start and configure MongoDB

    4. Install Let's Encrypt SSL certificates

    5. Configure and start nginx

    6. Install and start Rocket.Chat

    Things you'll need to do afterwards on your own, especially if you want a production-worthy system:

    • Create a systemctl script to restart Rocket.Chat if the server is rebooted

    • Configure email on the server (so Rocket can request account validation)

    • Secure the server (e.g. get rid of the default user on a VM, etc.)

    • Monitor the server so you can respond if it goes down

      • Rocket.Chat availability

      • MongoDB availability

      • nginx availability

    • Configure MongoDB for production use

      • Use an XFS volume

      • Use persistent (e.g. non-local) storage if you're using a VM

      • Configure replica sets

      • Consider setting /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/enabled to "never" as recommended by Mongo at startup

    • Set up periodic updates for the system

    Acquire a VM with OpenSUSE Leap 42.2

    I like to use AWS spot instances as a very cheap way to experiment with things. I find I can usually get an m3.medium (1 vCPU, 3.75GB RAM) for ~$0.01/hour, or ~$7/month if run continuously. Pick the right region and you'll rarely if ever be shut down.

    There's a spot_instance.json below that I generally use to set up an instance. I already have a few security groups to lock down all but the ports I need, an IAMS profile to allow just the privileges I want, and an SSH keypair generated; I'm not going to tackle those here, so if you want to do this, you probably should do some quick research and set those up yourself.

    I also use the AWS CLI, so it's preconfigured for my favorite region, credentials, etc. If you don't have that set up, you'll want to.

    When you've got those set, getting an instance is really straightforward:

    aws ec2 request-spot-instances --cli-input-json file://spot_instance.json

    Note: if you get an error saying that you must subscribe to the AMI before using it, copy the URL in the error message and open it in a browser. The "subscription" costs $0.00/hour, so it's just a formality.

    Configure the box

    The default user in the Leap 42.2 image is ec2-user. You'll ssh into the box using that user, and immediately become root.

    > ssh ec2-user@IP-OR-HOSTNAME-FOR-YOUR-BOX
    > sudo su -

    Update and Install Packages using zypper

    1. Add the repo for MongoDB

    2. Refresh metadata for all repos

    3. Update all the packages on the box

    4. Install the new packages we need

    zypper addrepo
    zypper refresh
    zypper -n update
    zypper -n install mongodb nodejs4 npm4 nginx GraphicsMagick gcc-c++

    Start and configure MongoDB

    1. Enable and start MongoDB

    2. Create the admin user

    3. Create the DB and user for Rocket.Chat

    In a shell:

    systemctl enable mongodb
    systemctl start mongodb

    Now start a MongoDB shell and add the admin user:

    > mongo
    use admin
        user: "root",
        pwd: "fl!bb3rtyJ!bb3tt",
        roles: [ "root" ]

    Now re-open a MongoDB shell as your admin user and create the Rocket.Chat db and admin user. You'll use these later to tell Rocket how to access its DB.

    Note: Don't use : or @ in this user's password or you'll need to URL escape them later. It's easier to avoid those characters.

    > mongo --authenticationDatabase admin -u root -p
    use rocketchat
        user: "rocket",
        pwd: "4rgl3b4rgl3",
        roles: [ "readWrite", "dbAdmin" ]

    Install Let's Encrypt SSL certificates

    This is so crazy easy. Remember when this was hard, and when it cost $20-$200 per year? Please consider using one of the donation links given afterwards as a way to support continued development of CertBot.

    Replace YOUR.SERVER.NAME below with the hostname your server will be accessed from, e.g., and replace [email protected] with your email address, e.g. [email protected]

    git clone /opt/letsencrypt
    cd /opt/letsencrypt && ./letsencrypt-auto certonly --standalone --email [email protected] -d YOUR.SERVER.NAME

    Configure and start Nginx

    1. Set up a more modern site config management scheme

    2. Set the base nginx config

    3. Add the config needed for Rocket.Chat

    4. Enable and start nginx

    cd /etc/nginx
    mkdir sites-enabled sites-available

    Now do two things:

    1. Replace the contents of /etc/nginx.conf with the nginx.conf below.

    2. Copy the contents of rocket_chat.conf below to /etc/nginx/sites-available/rocket_chat.conf

    Now you can enable the Rocket.Chat config, then enable and start nginx

    cd /etc/nginx/sites-enabled
    ln -s ../sites-available/rocket_chat.conf .
    systemctl enable nginx
    systemctl start nginx

    Install and configure Rocket.Chat

    1. Add a rocket user and group

    2. Download the latest Rocket.Chat

    3. Install all the node.js dependencies for Rocket.Chat using npm

    4. Set the required environment variables

    5. Start the Rocket.Chat server

    Replace YOUR.SERVER.NAME below with the hostname your server will be accessed from, e.g.

    groupadd -g 2000 rocket
    useradd -g rocket -u 2000 rocket
    cd /opt
    curl -L -o
    tar zxvf
    mv bundle Rocket.Chat
    chown -R rocket:rocket /opt/Rocket.Chat
    su - rocket
    cd /opt/Rocket.Chat/programs/server
    npm install
    cd ../..
    # TODO: Make a script for this for systemctl
    export ROOT_URL=http://YOUR.SERVER.NAME/
    export MONGO_URL=mongodb://rocket:4rgl3b4rgl3@localhost:27017/rocketchat
    export PORT=3000
    node main.js

    If everything is working as planned, you'll see something like:

    Will load cache for users
    0 records load from users
    Will load cache for rocketchat_room
    0 records load from rocketchat_room
    Will load cache for rocketchat_subscription
    0 records load from rocketchat_subscription
    Will load cache for rocketchat_settings
    0 records load from rocketchat_settings
    Updating process.env.MAIL_URL
    Will load cache for rocketchat_permissions
    0 records load from rocketchat_permissions
    Will load cache for rocketchat_roles
    0 records load from rocketchat_roles
    LocalStore: store created at
    LocalStore: store created at
    Setting default file store to GridFS
    Updating process.env.MAIL_URL
    Using GridFS for custom sounds storage
    Using GridFS for custom emoji storage
    ufs: temp directory created at "/tmp/ufs"
    ➔ System ➔ startup
    ➔ +--------------------------------------------------------+
    ➔ |                     SERVER RUNNING                     |
    ➔ +--------------------------------------------------------+
    ➔ |                                                        |
    ➔ |  Rocket.Chat Version: 0.60.0                           |
    ➔ |       NodeJS Version: 8.9.3 - x64                      |
    ➔ |             Platform: linux                            |
    ➔ |         Process Port: 3000                             |
    ➔ |             Site URL: http://YOUR.SERVER.NAME:3000/    |
    ➔ |     ReplicaSet OpLog: Disabled                         |
    ➔ |          Commit Hash: 988103d449                       |
    ➔ |        Commit Branch: HEAD                             |
    ➔ |                                                        |
    ➔ +--------------------------------------------------------+

    ... and that's Rocket.Chat all set. Direct a browser to https://YOUR.SERVER.NAME and register a yourself as new user. The first user you register will be made the server admin.


    These are docs and snippets I used to figure all of this out.

    Config Files


    This config relies on you creating /etc/nginx/sites-available and /etc/nginx/sites-enabled

    user rocket;
    worker_processes auto;
    pid /run/;
    events {
        worker_connections 768;
        # multi_accept on;
    http {
        # Basic Settings
        sendfile on;
        tcp_nopush on;
        tcp_nodelay on;
        keepalive_timeout 65;
        types_hash_max_size 2048;
        # server_tokens off;
        # server_names_hash_bucket_size 64;
        # server_name_in_redirect off;
        include /etc/nginx/mime.types;
        default_type application/octet-stream;
        # SSL Settings
        ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2; # Dropping SSLv3, ref: POODLE
        ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
        # Logging Settings
        access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log;
        error_log /var/log/nginx/error.log;
        # Gzip Settings
        gzip on;
        gzip_disable "msie6";
        # gzip_vary on;
        # gzip_proxied any;
        # gzip_comp_level 6;
        # gzip_buffers 16 8k;
        # gzip_http_version 1.1;
        # gzip_types text/plain text/css application/json application/javascript text/xml application/xml application/xml+rss text/javascript;
        # Virtual Host Configs
        include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;
        include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/*;
    #mail {
    #   # See sample authentication script at:
    #   #
    #   # auth_http localhost/auth.php;
    #   # pop3_capabilities "TOP" "USER";
    #   # imap_capabilities "IMAP4rev1" "UIDPLUS";
    #   server {
    #       listen     localhost:110;
    #       protocol   pop3;
    #       proxy      on;
    #   }
    #   server {
    #       listen     localhost:143;
    #       protocol   imap;
    #       proxy      on;
    #   }


    Replace YOUR.SERVER.NAME below with the hostname your server will be accessed from, e.g.

    server {
      listen 443 ssl;
      server_name YOUR.SERVER.NAME;
      ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/YOUR.SERVER.NAME/fullchain.pem;
      ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/YOUR.SERVER.NAME/privkey.pem;
      ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
      ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
      ssl_ciphers 'EECDH+AESGCM:EDH+AESGCM:AES256+EECDH:AES256+EDH';
      root /usr/share/nginx/html;
      index index.html index.htm;
      # Make site accessible from http://localhost/
      server_name localhost;
      location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:3000/;
        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto https;
        proxy_set_header X-Nginx-Proxy true;
        proxy_redirect off;
    server {
      listen 80;
      server_name YOUR.SERVER.NAME;
      return 301 https://$host$request_uri;


    Replace Subnet-Id, Arn, and SecurityGroupIds content below with your own. The ImageId given is for the OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 AMI.

      "InstanceCount": 1,
      "SpotPrice": "0.015",
          "ImageId": "ami-49570529",
          "InstanceType": "m3.medium",
          "SubnetId": "subnet-########",
          "KeyName": "tinyjoy",
          "IamInstanceProfile": {
            "Arn": "arn:aws:iam::############:instance-profile/IAMS-PROFILE-NAME"
          "SecurityGroupIds": ["sg-########"]
      "Type": "one-time"

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