Kali Linux
This installation guide was tested in the following environment:
  • Rocket.Chat 3.9.0
  • OS: Kali Rolling 2020.2
  • Mongodb 4.0.19
  • NodeJS 12.18.4
As Kali is a distribution based on Debian the installation process is pretty the same, only adding some MongoDB dependencies installation.

Install necessary dependency packages

Update package list and configure apt to install the official MongoDB packages with the following repository file:
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sudo apt-get -y update
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sudo apt-get install -y dirmngr gnupg && sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv 9DA31620334BD75D9DCB49F368818C72E52529D4
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echo "deb http://repo.mongodb.org/apt/debian stretch/mongodb-org/4.0 main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-4.0.list
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Configure Node.js to be installed via package manager:
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sudo apt-get -y update && sudo apt-get install -y curl && curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_12.x | sudo bash -
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Install build tools, MongoDB and dependencies (libcurl3 and mongoDB server), nodejs and graphicsmagick:
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sudo apt-get install -y build-essential libcurl3 mongodb-org-server mongodb-org nodejs graphicsmagick
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Using npm install inherits and n, and the node version required by Rocket.Chat:
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sudo npm install -g inherits n && sudo n 12.18.4
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Install Rocket.Chat

Download the latest Rocket.Chat version:
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curl -L https://releases.rocket.chat/latest/download -o /tmp/rocket.chat.tgz
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tar -xzf /tmp/rocket.chat.tgz -C /tmp
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Install (this guide uses /opt but feel free to choose a different directory):
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cd /tmp/bundle/programs/server && npm install
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sudo mv /tmp/bundle /opt/Rocket.Chat
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Configure the Rocket.Chat service

Add the rocketchat user, set the right permissions on the Rocket.Chat folder and create the Rocket.Chat service file:
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sudo useradd -M rocketchat && sudo usermod -L rocketchat
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sudo chown -R rocketchat:rocketchat /opt/Rocket.Chat
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cat << EOF |sudo tee -a /lib/systemd/system/rocketchat.service
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[Unit]
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Description=The Rocket.Chat server
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After=network.target remote-fs.target nss-lookup.target nginx.service mongod.service
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[Service]
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ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/node /opt/Rocket.Chat/main.js
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StandardOutput=syslog
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StandardError=syslog
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SyslogIdentifier=rocketchat
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User=rocketchat
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Environment=MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/rocketchat?replicaSet=rs01 MONGO_OPLOG_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/local?replicaSet=rs01 ROOT_URL=http://localhost:3000/ PORT=3000
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[Install]
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WantedBy=multi-user.target
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EOF
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Open the Rocket.Chat service file just created (/lib/systemd/system/rocketchat.service) using sudo and your favourite text editor, and change the ROOT_URL environmental variable to reflect the URL you want to use for accessing the server (optionally change MONGO_URL, MONGO_OPLOG_URL and PORT):
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MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/rocketchat?replicaSet=rs01
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MONGO_OPLOG_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/local?replicaSet=rs01
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ROOT_URL=http://your-host-name.com-as-accessed-from-internet:3000
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PORT=3000
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Setup storage engine and replication for MongoDB (mandatory for versions > 1), and enable and start MongoDB and Rocket.Chat:
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sudo sed -i "s/^# engine:/ engine: wiredTiger/" /etc/mongod.conf
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sudo sed -i "s/^#replication:/replication:\n replSetName: rs01/" /etc/mongod.conf
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sudo systemctl enable mongod && sudo systemctl start mongod
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mongo --eval "printjson(rs.initiate())"
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sudo systemctl enable rocketchat && sudo systemctl start rocketchat
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Optional configurations

Configure firewall rule Configure a HTTP reverse proxy to access Rocket.Chat server [Configure mongo access control] [Configure production values for mongodb]

Configure your Rocket.Chat server

Open a web browser and access the configured ROOT_URL (http://your-host-name.com-as-accessed-from-internet:3000), follow the configuration steps to set an admin account and your organization and server info.
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