Join GitHub today
Raspberry Pi Install Raspbian
Step One - Setup : Raspbian Jessie
These steps will prepare your Raspberry Pi / Raspbian server for Open Bazaar.
Boot the system
Downloaded RASPBIAN JESSIE LITE : https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
- Install the .img file on an SD card
- Boot the Raspberry Pi from SD card
- user: pi
- pass: raspberry
Use the nifty config tool
- Expand File System
- Change User Password
- Change this to something only you know
- Internationalization Options
- Change Keyboard Layout
- Generic 105-key (Intl) PC
- English (US) # important for users in USA
- continue with other default options
- Reboot: Yes
Step Two - SSH into the Raspberry Pi
Many of these steps are easier if you can copy and paste directly into the terminal. Making an SSH connection to your Raspberry Pi from your desktop makes this possible.
Here's some info on how to do it: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/remote-access/ssh/unix.md
Step Three - Install and Run Open Bazaar
Install the Server Software
Many of these steps will take a very long time, be patient. It's a lot to download and install, but once it's done, it's smooth sailing.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install -y git python-dev libffi-dev libssl-dev python-setuptools sudo easy_install pip git clone https://github.com/OpenBazaar/OpenBazaar-Server.git cd OpenBazaar-Server/
Get on the latest stable release:
git checkout `git describe --tags`
Install python requirements for the server to run.
sudo pip install -r requirements.txt
Set a custom username and password
ob.cfg file in your text editor of choice (
nano comes preinstalled on Raspbian):
Then uncomment and set the
PASSWORD variables to values of your choice, like so.
#USERNAME = username #PASSWORD = password
USERNAME = joebloggs PASSWORD = aVeryLong&C()mpl1cat3d5tringThatW1llBeVeryHardToGue$5
Run the server
python openbazaard.py start -d -a 0.0.0.0
Stop the server
It's preferred that this is done from the client UI:
"Account Icon" >> Settings >> Advanced >> Shut Down the Server
Step Four - Configure the client to communicate with the server
Run the client on your desktop / laptop computer.
These instructions do not cover the client setup, perhaps they will later.
Let the loading / connection time out.
It's trying to connect to a "local" server. And this server is not local, it's on a separate computer ( your raspberry pi ). It should be on the same network though.
Remember the IP address you used for SSH?
Earlier, you SSH'ed into the raspberry pi. To do this you needed it's IP address, you're going to need that now to setup the connection from the client.
Change the server connection config to meet your needs.
Now that the localhost connection has timed out.
- Click the avatar at the top right of the app.
- Click the
Changebutton in the Server Settings row.
- Set the IP to match that of your Raspberry Pi, and the username and password fields to match the values you entered into your
Step Five - Configuring a static IP
You're probably going to want the Pi to maintain a static IP address on your home network. This will help with:
- SSHing into the pi in the future
- Connecting to the Open Bazaar Server from your client running on another computer
- Port forwarding settings on your router
To set a custom IP, simply open
/etc/dhcpcd.conf with the command
sudo nano /etc/dhcpcd.conf. Then add the following code to the bottom of the file:
# Static IP interface eth0 static ip_address=192.168.1.7/24 static routers=192.168.1.1 static domain_name_servers=192.168.1.1
192.168.1.7 because it happened to be the IP address that my Pi was already assigned. I suggest you change it to match your assigned IP address. So if your Pi is currently
192.168.2.13, then your code should be:
# Static IP interface eth0 static ip_address=192.168.2.13/24 static routers=192.168.2.1 static domain_name_servers=192.168.2.1
Step Six - Start the OB server on reboot
You want your server to be dead simple. If the power goes out, or the Pi gets unplugged, you want powering it back up to start the server automatically. There are many ways to do this, but I believe this is the simplest way.
Add the startup command to your rc.local file. Open the file
sudo nano /etc/rc.local and add these lines before the
exit 0 line.
# start OB server su pi -c 'cd /home/pi/OpenBazaar-Server/ && python openbazaard.py start -d -a 0.0.0.0'
This assumes that the
pi user is the one that you've been using so far, and the Open Bazaar Server repo was cloned to your home directory. If you followed this guide for your setup, this should all be true.