In this tutorial, we will explain how to install Zulip on Ubuntu 16.04 server.
First, login to your server via SSH using the sudo user and update your system with the latest stable version with the following command:
sudo apt-get update -y sudo apt-get upgrade -y sudo shutdown -r now
Once your system is up-to-date, you can proceed to the next step.
First, you will need to install required packages on your system. You can install it with the following command:
sudo apt-get install python-dev python-pip openssl nano vim wget -y
Once all the packages are installed, you can proceed to the next step.
Before starting, install OpenSSL with the following command:
sudo apt-get install openssl -y
Next, generate a self signed ssl certificates with the following command:
sudo openssl genrsa -des3 -passout pass:x -out zulip.pass.key 4096 sudo openssl rsa -passin pass:x -in zulip.pass.key -out /etc/ssl/private/zulip.key sudo rm -rf zulip.pass.key sudo openssl req -new -key /etc/ssl/private/zulip.key -out zulip.csr sudo openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in zulip.csr -signkey /etc/ssl/private/zulip.key -out /etc/ssl/certs/zulip.combined-chain.crt
You can download the latest stable version of the Zulip from their official website with the following command:
Once the download is complete, extract the downloaded archive with the following command:
tar -xvzf zulip-server-latest.tar.gz
Next, change the directory to zulip and run the install script to start the installation with the following command:
cd zulip sudo ./scripts/setup/install
Next, you will need to modify
settings.py located at
sudo nano /etc/zulip/settings.py
Change the file as shown below:
EXTERNAL_HOST localhost ZULIP_ADMINISTRATOR email@example.com ADMIN_DOMAIN domain.com DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org NOREPLY_EMAIL_ADDRESS email@example.com
Save and close the file when you are finished, then initialize the postgresql database using the following command:
su zulip -c /home/zulip/deployments/current/scripts/setup/initialize-database
Once everything is setup correctly, restart zulip to check for any errors by running the following command:
su zulip -c /home/zulip/deployments/current/scripts/restart-server
Once everything is setup properly. Open your web browser and navigate to the URL
http://your-server-ip, and register your new account.