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.

Update Ubuntu

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

Install Node.js

curl -sL | sudo bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Download and Install Ghost

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/
cd /var/www/
sudo wget
sudo unzip -d ghost
cd ghost/
sudo npm install --production

Configure Ghost

sudo cp config.example.js config.js
sudo vi config.js

In the "Production" section, change the following:

host: '',


host: '',

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

Browse to

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:

  • How to Proxy Port 80 to 2368 for Ghost with Nginx
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