Setup Staytus on Ubuntu

Published on: Mon, May 1, 2017 at 6:48 pm EST
Server Apps System Admin Ubuntu Web Servers

Introduction

This guide show you how you can install Staytus, which is a modern, intuitive and even open-source status page for your product.

Requirements

  • Ubuntu 14.04+
  • 15 minutes time

Pre-requirements

Let's get started with installing all the required packets in order to run Staytus:

apt-get install mysql-server ruby ruby-dev nodejs git build-essential libmysqlclient-dev sudo
gem install bundler procodile

Make sure to pick a secure password for your MySQL root user and note it, as you will need it in the next step.

Database

All the data Staytus stores and delivers is stored in a MySQL database, which we will create now, including an authorized user:

mysql -u root -p
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
CREATE DATABASE staytus CHARSET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;
CREATE USER `staytus`@`127.0.0.1` IDENTIFIED BY 'choose-a-secure-password';
GRANT ALL ON `staytus`.* TO `staytus`@`127.0.0.1`;

User

We will now create an user which will later run Staytus for us:

useradd -r -d /opt/staytus/ -m -s /bin/bash staytus

This command will add an user with /opt/staytus/ as home directory, where we will store Staytus itself.

Staytus

We will now download Staytus by cloning the git repository:

git clone https://github.com/adamcooke/staytus /opt/staytus/staytus/

Installation

We can now switch into the /opt/staytus/staytus directory and perform all further required actions:

cd /opt/staytus/staytus
bundle install --deployment --without development:test
cp config/database.example.yml config/database.yml

You now have to open the file config/database.yml and adjust the hostname, username, password parameters to match you settings earlier. In our case this is 127.0.0.1, staytus, choose-a-secure-password in the same respective order.

Now we will compile the assets and install the application itself:

bundle exec rake staytus:build
bundle exec rake staytus:install

Run

We can now fork the application into the background using the following command using the user we created earlier:

sudo -u staytus procodile start

Access

You can now access the webinterface under http://[YOUR_SERVER_IP]:8787/. Please mark that you cannot change this port, so if you would like to use SSL or Port 80, you need a reverse proxy, such as Nginx.

Conclusion

We do now have a basic setup of Staytus which is a quite new and awesome status page solution. Happy hacking!

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