How To Install Ghost On Ubuntu
We have built a script that can automate installing Ghost on Ubuntu (or Ubuntu Server) that you can find on our One Click Ghost Install Script article. If you would like to use that, great! If not, this page will describe in great detail how to install Ghost, the blogging platform, on the Ubuntu operating system.
This article will walk you through how to install Ghost on Ubuntu. These steps will work for Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10, both the server and desktop versions.
The first step will be to run through the Ubuntu software updates and install a couple of extra packages that will be needed.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade -y sudo aptitude install -y zip vim wget
Download and Install the Node.js Source Code
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup | sudo bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
Download and Install Ghost
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/ cd /var/www/ sudo wget https://ghost.org/zip/ghost-latest.zip sudo unzip -d ghost ghost-latest.zip cd ghost/ sudo npm install --production
sudo cp config.example.js config.js sudo vi config.js
In the "Production" section, change the following:
Create Ghost User
sudo adduser --shell /bin/bash --gecos 'Ghost application' ghost sudo chown -R ghost:ghost /var/www/ghost/
Now to start Ghost, you will need to log into your "ghost" user.
su - ghost cd /var/www/ghost/
Now that you are logged in with your "ghost" user you can start Ghost:
npm start --production
Proxying to Port 80 and keep Ghost running
There you have it, Node.js is installed, Ghost files are located in
/var/www/ghost, and Ghost has been started. You can keep Ghost the way it is currently setup if using for a development environment and do not mind adding :2368 to the end of your url. If you are looking for more of a production setup, we would highly recommend you check out the following article to help get your Ghost blog ready:
Next Steps:Keep Ghost running with PM2
Keep Ghost running in the background and on startup using PM2
Learn Ghost from the Ground Up
Head to "Ghost for Beginners" to learn everything you need to know about learning and customizing Ghost
Find the Perfect Ghost Theme
Go to our Ghost themes section of this site to browse all of your Ghost theme options in one place.