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Discourse is a modern, open-source discussion and forum system. Visit the official site for a demo and a breakdown of the current feature set. This tutorial will teach you how to setup Discourse with Docker CE on Debian 9.
1GB of RAM is the minimum amount, although it is recommended to use at least 2GB of RAM.
Connect to your server using SSH via the Terminal on Mac or PuTTY on Windows.
188.8.131.52 with your server IP.
You will be prompted to type
No to add the server's RSA fingerprint to your list of known hosts. Type
Yes and hit ENTER.
Create an empty swap file:
install -o root -g root -m 0600 /dev/null /swapfile
Write out a 1GB file named
dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1k count=1024k
Tell Linux that this is the swap file:
Add it to the system table so that it is available after reboot:
echo "/swapfile swap swap auto 0 0" | tee -a /etc/fstab
swappiness so that it is only used as an emergency buffer:
sysctl -w vm.swappiness=10
To install Docker CE, follow all of the steps of this guide.
apt update apt install git -y
Make a folder called
discourse in the
Clone the official Discourse Git repository in
git clone https://github.com/discourse/discourse_docker.git /var/discourse
Go into the
Launch the setup tool:
Answer the following questions when prompted:
Hostname for your Discourse? [discourse.anydomain.com]: Email address for admin account(s)? [email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org]: SMTP server address? [smtp.anydomain.com]: SMTP port? : SMTP user name? [email@example.com]: SMTP password? [pa$$word]: Let's Encrypt account email? (ENTER to skip) [firstname.lastname@example.org]:
This will generate an
app.yml configuration file on your behalf, and then kick off bootstrap. If you need to change these settings after bootstrapping, you can run
./discourse-setup again (it will read your old values from the file) or edit
containers/app.yml with Nano and then run
./launcher rebuild app for your changes to take effect.
Note: You must have your email settings setup properly for your site to work.
Congratulations, you now have your own instance of Discourse up and running. To access it, simply type the hostname (
http://discourse.anydomain.com) you've configured into a web browser, and complete the configuration.