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Audiogram installation

Audiogram has a number of dependencies:

If you're using a particularly fancy distributed setup you'll also need to install Redis.

Installation has been tested on Ubuntu 14.04, 15.04, and 16.04. It has also been tested on various Mac OS X environments, with various degrees of Homebrew Hell involved.

This would theoretically work on Windows, but it hasn't been tested.

You can skip almost all of the installation if you use Docker.

Ubuntu 14.04+ installation

Note: if you're using something with < 1GB of RAM, like a Digital Ocean micro droplet, it might cause an installation problem on the last step. See Linux troubleshooting below for how to fix it.

An example bootstrap script for installing Audiogram on Ubuntu looks like this:

# 14.04 only: add PPA for FFmpeg
# Not required for 15.04+
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media --yes

# Update/upgrade
sudo apt-get update --yes && sudo apt-get upgrade --yes

# Install:
# Node/NPM
# Git
# node-canvas dependencies (Cairo, Pango, libgif, libjpeg)
# FFmpeg
sudo apt-get install git nodejs npm \
libcairo2-dev libjpeg8-dev libpango1.0-dev libgif-dev libpng-dev build-essential g++ \
ffmpeg \

# Install Redis if you plan to use it to share rendering among multiple processes/servers
# If you don't need to handle multiple users, you can skip this step
sudo apt-get install redis-server --yes

# Fix nodejs/node legacy binary nonsense
sudo ln -s `which nodejs` /usr/bin/node

# Check the version of Node
node -v

# If the installed Node version is >= v0.11.2, you can skip the next step
# If it's < v0.11.2, upgrade Node to the latest stable version
# If you use this method, you'll probably need to reconnect afterwards
# to see the new Node version reflected
sudo npm install -g n
sudo n stable

# Clone the audiogram repo
git clone
cd audiogram

# Install local modules from NPM
npm install

# If this worked, you're done
# If you get an error about `make` failing,
# you may need to ensure that node-gyp is up-to-date
# You may even need to run this command twice, because computers
sudo npm install -g node-gyp

# If you had to update node-gyp, try again
npm install

Mac OS X installation

Installing on a Mac can get a little rocky. Essentially, you need to install three things:

  1. Node.js/NPM
  2. node-canvas dependencies
  3. FFmpeg

You can install Node.js by downloading it from the website.

Installation of node-canvas dependencies and FFmpeg might look like the following with Homebrew (you'll want to make sure XCode is installed and up-to-date too):

# Install Git if you haven't already
brew install git

# Install Cairo, Pango, libgif, libjpeg, libpng, and FFmpeg
# You may not need to install zlib
brew install pkg-config cairo pango libpng jpeg giflib ffmpeg

# Go to the directory where you want the audiogram directory
cd /where/to/put/this/

# Clone the repo
git clone
cd audiogram

# Install from NPM
npm install

Windows installation

Installing these dependencies on Windows is an uphill battle. If you're running Windows 10, you'll probably have better luck installing Docker for Windows and then following the Docker instructions below. Otherwise your best bet is probably to install it on a remote Linux server.

Docker installation

If you use Docker, you can build an image from the included Dockerfile.

In addition to installing Docker, you'll need to install Git. You can do this by installing GitHub Desktop.

You can clone the repo and build an image, or build it directly from the repo:

git clone
cd audiogram
docker build -t audiogram .


docker build -t audiogram

Now you can run Audiogram in a container using that image:

docker run -p 8888:8888 -t -i audiogram

AWS installation

If you're trying to run Audiogram on AWS services like Lambda or Elastic Beanstalk that rely on the Amazon Linux distribution, you will probably need to follow the node-canvas Amazon Linux AMI instructions to install the dependencies and/or package up the resulting binaries.

Mac troubleshooting

If things aren't working on a Mac, there are a few fixes you can try.

Brew troubleshooting

Follow the Homebrew troubleshooting guide, particularly making sure that XCode is up to date.

Updating node-gyp

Updating node-gyp to a current version with:

npm install -g node-gyp

may help with npm install errors.

Updating Node.js

If you get an error about path.isAbsolute not being a function, you're running a pretty old version of Node.js/NPM. Upgrading to anything later than v0.11.2 should help.

Installing FFmpeg with the compilation guide

If FFmpeg installation is failing, you can try following the compilation guide.

Installing node-canvas dependencies manually

You can try installing the node-canvas dependencies with their detailed Installation instructions. You don't need to install node-canvas itself, just everything up to that point.

Linux troubleshooting

Memory issues

If you're installing Audiogram on a machine with very little memory, like a Digital Ocean micro droplet (512 MB), the npm install might fail mysteriously, or when you try to run Audiogram, you get an error message about /node_modules/waveform/build/Release/waveform missing because the installation didn't finish.

There are three ways to solve this:

  1. Upgrade to something with more memory (1 GB should be enough)

  2. Remove canvas from the dependencies in package.json, run npm install, and then install canvas separately (it's the memory hog):

sed -i '/canvas/d' package.json
npm install
npm install git+
  1. Install clang to reduce npm's memory usage, and reinstall:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install clang
export CXX=clang++
npm install --clang=1