- Raspberry Pi is the tiny $30 quad-core computer that revolutionalized affordable servers
- Rocket.Chat is the popular high performance, large capacity, open source web chat platform that rocked the server world
You can now run a private chat server on your Pi for:
- social or hobby group
- sports team
Enjoy Rocket.Chat features including:
- Video and audio chat
- Share photos and voice messages
- Share streaming music and video links
- iOS app for iPhones and iPads
- App for Android phones and tablets
- Desktop app for Windows, MacOSX and Linux
- Operate in 22 different languages
- Multiple Rooms
- Direct Messages
- Private Groups
- Off the record encrypted messages
- Media Embeds
- Link Previews
- Many more ...
This project adapts the Rocket.Chat server to run on a Raspberry Pi 2
Learn about Rocket.Chat.
This project is currently work in progress and is undergoing rapid changes.
Running Rocket.Chat on Pi Server with Ubuntu Core 16
You can get a Rocket.Chat server and a mongoDB instance working on your Raspiberry Pi 2 or Pi 3 in a couple of minutes with Ubuntu Core 16!
- Follow these instructions to download and install the Ubuntu Core 16 SD card image for your Raspberry Pi 2 or Pi 3
sudo snap install rocketchat-server. This will take a couple of mintues. Wait about 2 minutes after everything has completed.
- Then, access
http://<server ip>:3000to access your Rocket.Chat server! Create the first user, which will become the server's adminsitrator. Have fun!
Running Rocket.Chat on Pi Server Quick Start on Raspbian
Make sure you start with a CLEAN INSTALL of Raspbian JESSIE -- NOT Wheezy
Make sure you are using a Pi 3 (or Pi 2) with these instructions.
Pi Zero, Pi Model B, Pi Model B+, or even Pi Model A can all run Rocket.Chat; but have different CPU, memory configurations and instruction sets that may require some additional work - see FAQ to work with these Pi s.
Our community members are running Rocket.Chat on EVERY MODEL of Pi ever manufactured - so come over to our friendly community hangout if you get stuck.
And YES, Rocket.Chat even runs on the $5 Pi Zero! Making it the first-ever $5 private social network that EVERYONE can afford !
The shortest path to get Rocket.Chat running on your Pi is to watch this excellent YouTube tutorial by RockOnPi community member @rdagger - just click on picture to watch:
Installation via DPlatform
Easiest way to install a ready-to-run Rocket.Chat server on a Linux machine, VM, or VPS - @j8r's DPlatform, now in Alpha!
If you prefer step-by-step written instructions:
Get latest Raspian for your Pi
Find download here (this instruction assumes Raspbian Jessie):
Use the shell (you do not need the GUI), get the latest fix and updates:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install git
Get required node and npm
The version of
node distributed with Raspian is too old.
npm is not included.
The easiest way to get both is to clone from the Meteor universal project.
cd $HOME git clone --depth 1 -b release-1.2.1-universal https://github.com/4commerce-technologies-AG/meteor.git
At this point, you may encounter a
curl execption with ca problem. This is confirmed to be a bug with the latest Debian/Raspbian, and will be fixed in time. Meanwhile, please see FAQ question #1 for a bypass / temporary fix.
Retry the above command after the curl fix.
Download the Rocket.Chat binary for Raspberry Pi
cd $HOME mkdir rocketchat cd rocketchat curl https://cdn-download.rocket.chat/build/rocket.chat-pi-develop.tgz -o rocket.chat.tgz tar zxvf rocket.chat.tgz
This will download and untar the app in
Alternatively, you can find the latest release here, and just download it.
Get a compatible MongoDB instance
Current available mongodb versions on Raspbian are too old for Rocket.Chat. Hopefully the situation will change shortly.
Meanwhile, you can use a MongoDB service provider on the Internet. MongoLab offers free sandbox databases that can be used with Rocket.Chat. Create a free account and database here:
Create a user and give it write access to the database. Note the Mongo URL, you will need it next.
Install dependencies and start Rocket.Chat
cd $HOME/rocketchat/bundle/programs/server $HOME/meteor/dev_bundle/bin/npm install
Type the following ALL on one single line, with spaces to separate the environment variables:
PORT=3000 ROOT_URL=http://localhost:3000 MONGO_URL=mongodb://<user>:<password>@<host>:<port>/dataurlfrommongolabs $HOME/meteor/dev_bundle/bin/node main.js
Wait until the server fully starts. About a minute.
Access your Rocket.Chat server and create the Administrative user
Point a browser on your PC to your Raspberry Pi:
http://rasp pi host IP:3000/
Put your chat server on the Internet for global access
With your Rocket.Chat server up and running, start another shell - typically (Ctrl-Alt-F2) or (Ctl-Alt-F3).
Login, download and start ngrok (see ngrok.com if you need more information):
curl https://dl.ngrok.com/ngrok_2.0.19_linux_arm.zip -o ngrok.zip unzip ngrok.zip cd ngrok ./ngrok http 3000
Now follow the instruction and give the ngrok link to your friends and family anywhere in the world.
They can access your server via the ngrok link.
HINT: if you want to use the voice and video chat features, make sure you give them the link starting with
Mobile messaging on phones and tablets
Ask your friends to download the Rocket.Chat mobile app on Android PlayStore or the Apple Appstore for their phone and tablets!
Add your server's ngrok link to the app, and start mobile messaging one another!
Large capacity server
Do you need to serve hundreds or even thousands of registered users? If so, see how you can setup an inexpensive high capacity Rocket.Chat server on Odroid XU4.
More fun with community contributions
Try the following optional enchacements for your RocketOnPi, contributed by your friendly fellow community members:
Auto re-start Rocket.Chat if Pi Reboots or Crashes, by @elpatron68 and @j8r
Stuck? Need help?
First, check our list of Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question is already included.
If not, create an issue here: https://github.com/RocketChat/Rocket.Chat.RaspberryPi/issues/new
Come join us at https://demo.rocket.chat/ to get help from friendly RockOnPi community members and Rocket.Chat dev team.
RockOnPi Community meetup 24 x 7
The RockOnPi community gathers at https://demo.rocket.chat/channel/raspberrypi - and talk Pi !!
Your imagination is your only limit.
Both Raspberry Pi and Rocket.Chat are open source, 100% programmable, 100% Makers-ready!
- get the Raspberry Pi Camera into a Rocket.Chat room
- hook up your home control project to Rocket.Chat
- manage your fleet of drones remotely on the web via RC on Pi
Tell us about your innovative project, or find other collaborators at:
Support this project
Help us spread the word about this project!
Tell all your Pi and Maker friends! Show off Rocket.Chat at your next meetup!
Tweet about us, or show off Pi with Rocket.Chat on Facebook!
Where to get the Raspberry Pi server
- Off the shelf at any Microsoft store
- Element 14
- Mercado Livre Brazil
- RS Japan
Where to get Rocket.Chat
Apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, MacOSX:
Server source code (open source MIT Licensed):