Setting up Process Managers and Init Systems



Deploy Rocket.Chat to Linux that run on systemd (RedHat, Centos, Ubuntu, CoreOS and so on).

How to run Rocket.Chat on systemd.

First we need to create the unit file.

vi /etc/systemd/system/rocketchat.service

With the contents:

Description=Rocket.Chat Server  # Remove or Replace nginx with your proxy

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/node /var/www/rocketchat/main.js    # Specify the location of node and location of main.js
Restart=always                                               # If set to always, the service will be restarted regardless of whether it exited cleanly or not, got terminated abnormally by a signal, or hit a timeout.
RestartSec=10                                                # Restart service after 10 seconds if node service crashes
StandardOutput=syslog                                        # Output to syslog
StandardError=syslog                                         # Output to syslog
#User=<alternate user>
#Group=<alternate group>
Environment=NODE_ENV=production PORT=3000 ROOT_URL= MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/rocketchat


Then you need to enable the service systemctl enable rocketchat.service

To start the service systemctl start rocketchat.service

To verify it is running systemctl status rocketchat.service


All data will be hourly backed up to /data/domains/ folder. We advise to copy this folder to a remote location in case of hardware failure.

Upstart - Ubuntu

Note: Upstart is no longer supported. We no longer support Ubuntu 14.04. If upgrading please see systemd or Ubuntu 18.04

The following examples are upstart jobs which control automatic start-up and, if necessary, respawning of your Rocket.Chat app, as well as management of an optional hubot chat-bot.

In order to use the examples, simply copy each example and save into a file, paying attention to the fact that the filenames should be preserved unless you edit the examples to reflect any filename changes you make. Be sure to edit the environment variables, and possibly paths, according to your particular installation. Once you've saved the files to the proper directory (/etc/init) usage is as simple as rebooting.

Which upstart management jobs that you use depend on what type of Rocket.Chat deployment you are using (Docker-compose, non-docker, etc). A race-condition exists with docker compose which requires that mongo and the Rocket.Chat application be started independently, thus a slightly modified upstart job is required compared to non-docker instances.


Save as: /etc/init/rocketchat.conf

description "rocketchat application server"

# Wait for mongod before starting rocketchat app
start on (started mongod)
stop on runlevel [!2345]

# Automatically attempt to restart with finite limits
respawn limit 99 5

# Export necessary variables and start the Applications / Services
    export MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/rocketchat
    export ROOT_URL=https://host.yourdomain.tld
    export PORT=3000
    exec /usr/local/bin/node /home/administrator/Rocket.Chat/main.js
end script

Save as: /etc/init/rocketchat_hubot.conf

description "hubot launcher"

# Wait for the rocketchat upstart job before starting hubot
start on started rocketchat
stop on runlevel [!2345]

# Automatically Respawn with finite limits
respawn limit 99 5

    # Wait until Rocket.Chat is up and listening to port tcp 3000
    until nc -z localhost 3000; do
        sleep 1

    # Export necessary variables
    export ROCKETCHAT_USER=bot_username
    export ROCKETCHAT_PASSWORD=bot_password

    # Change to the hubot directory
    cd /home/administrator/myhubot

    # Launch Hubot
    exec bin/hubot -a rocketchat
end script


Save as: /etc/init/rocketchat_mongo.conf

description "MongoDB service manager for rocketchat"

# Start MongoDB after docker is running
start on (started docker)
stop on runlevel [!2345]

# Automatically Respawn with finite limits
respawn limit 99 5

# Path to our app
chdir /var/www/

    # start mongoDB
    exec /usr/local/bin/docker compose up db
end script

Save as: /etc/init/rocketchat_app.conf

description "Rocket.Chat service manager"

# Start Rocket.Chat after mongo upstart job is running
start on (started rocketchat_mongo)
stop on runlevel [!2345]

# Automatically Respawn with finite limits
respawn limit 99 5

# Path to our app
chdir /var/www/

    # Bring up rocketchat app and hubot
    exec /usr/local/bin/docker compose up rocketchat hubot
end script

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