Install: Build from source

Benjamin Sautner edited this page Feb 24, 2017 · 12 revisions

Building and deploying nimbits server on a debian (ubuntu) based linux system from source.

We maintain an install script that when executed on a new ubuntu server, it will setup the box with everything needed to run a new server. If all goes well, the new machine will have tomcat8, mySQL Server and nimbits running on http://[ipaddress]:8080/nimbits.

Once you login to the new system, run the following commands to start the setup process:

sudo apt-get install git
git clone
cd com.nimbits/scripts
chmod +x 
sudo ./

You'll be prompted several times for things such as a database password. The default database root password is nimbits. Which you can change see: mySQL setup.

If you use a different password than the default, and build directly from source the application won't start and you'll get a 404 from the server. You'll be prompted for the database password twice during sql install, and a third time later in the setup - they all must be the same!

Advanced Installation

In this wiki i'm going to document all of the steps I follow to spin up a nimbits server on a fresh ubuntu installation which the above script does for you.

In this case, i'm starting with a new Amazon EC2 instance on AWS using the Ubuntu Server Image. I selected an instance type of t2.small as anything smaller cannot build the server. A machine should have at least 2gb of ram to compile nimbits. If you plan to deploy to a Raspberry Pi or similar device, just build the server on a separate machine first.

Securing the server

Besides accepting basic http authentication, nimbits does not have any built in security. It relies on a correctly configured firewall. You should only allow traffic to your server from specific known IP Addresses, such as a web server you own that uses nimbits as a backend, or a proxy server.

When configuring firewalls, ensure ssh port and port 8080 are open, you can change ports for both of these to something random. The default http port is 8080.

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Install Prerequisites:

Log into your minty fresh server e.g ssh -i keyfile.pem ubuntu@

Update the server

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get upgrade-dist
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get clean

Install JAVA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

set the $JAVA_HOME variable in the ~/.profile file:

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle

Install GIT, Tomcat and Build tools

I'm installing tomcat 7 here, but nimbits works on most java containers.

sudo apt-get install tomcat7
sudo apt-get install git
sudo apt-get install maven

Verify tomcat installed ok by browsing to http://server.ip.address:8080

Install mySQL server and create an empty database. Nimbits will create the schema for you

sudo apt-get install mysql-server
mysql -u root -p
sql> create database nimbits;
sql> exit;

Build Nimbits

git clone
cd com.nimbits
mvn clean install

Go have a beer.

When done, copy the server war file to the tomcat web directory. Here, I rename the file to ROOT.war which will put the server in the root context.

sudo rm -fR /var/lib/tomcat7/webapps/ROOT
sudo cp ./nimbits_server/target/nimbits_server.war /var/lib/tomcat7/webapps/ROOT.war
sudo service tomcat7 restart

Go back to http://server.ip.address:8080 and you should see a nimbits login. The first user you create here will be the admin of the instance.

For more reading see these wikis: