This document describes the steps for creating your own Ubuntu based VM on which all components are installed and ready to host a local version for your development purposes.
NOTE: For registered partners of the project we offer a free managed VM.
You can either setup a local VM using your favourite method or choose an online provider. Make sure you get at least two cores and at least 4G of RAM. Any amount of storage more than 10G should be fine.
Instructions below are assuming you are using the recent version of Ubuntu 18.04. Other versions of Linux might be fine too but you need to bring your own support :) Linux is one of the supported platforms of Neo4J, macOS and Windows being the other two. Any of these would, ion theory, enable you to run the complete stack, however the backend is never tested on Windows.
Install the bistro as needed, optionally set the hostname with:
sudo hostnamectl set-hostname your_hostname
Assuming you now have a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04 we follow this recipe:
sudo bash🙂 to stop the need for sudo on every command
Add the repository of Neo4J to the system:
wget -O - https://debian.neo4j.org/neotechnology.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add - echo 'deb https://debian.neo4j.org/repo stable/' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/neo4j.list
Get the repo info:
Install the current version of the database:
apt-get install neo4j-enterprise
apt-get install neo4j
For the community version of Neo4J; certainly for development purposes this should be ok. Currently we are using the current version in the 3.5 branch.
To get rid of some annoying startup error (the dir is not there initially):
mkdir /var/run/neo4j chown -R neo4j /var/run/neo4j
Update the limit settings with:
and remove the comment in front of NEO4J_ULIMIT_NOFILE=40000
Install APOC (make sure you use version matching the neo4j installed). Some parts of the API make use of APOC for their functionality.
cd /var/lib/neo4j/plugins/ wget https://github.com/neo4j-contrib/neo4j-apoc-procedures/releases/download/188.8.131.52/apoc-184.108.40.206-all.jar
Once everything is installed we can enable and start the database server:
systemctl enable neo4j systemctl restart neo4j
Next we need to install Python and tools to run the backend server: As we are using the async features Python 3.7 is recommended but 3.6 should work fine too. Other versions are not supported!
apt install build-essential apt install python3.7-dev (apt instal python3.7) (TODO: check if we need to!) apt install python3-pip This installs pip for the system default python (which is 3.6 on Ubuntu 18.04) but we can use it with our own python3.7 as well by specifying it as such: python3.7 -m pip install setuptools python3.7 -m pip install wheel python3.7 -m pip install sanic python3.7 -m pip install py2neo python3.7 -m pip install rollbar python3.7 -m pip install python-pptx python3.7 -m pip install python-slugify python3.7 -m pip install dnspython This avoids the mess which is setting up pip for a non-default Python interpreter. In future we will change the setup to a [venv](https://docs.python.org/3/library/venv.html)
Get the repositories and install them in the location they except to be in:
mkdir -p /web/sites/historiana.eu/api mkdir -p /web/sites/historiana.eu/site cd /web/sites/historiana.eu/api git clone https://gitlab.com/historiana/api.git
To enable the automatic start of the API on reboot we need to create a service which is run at startup.
Create a textile as
/lib/systemd/system/hiapi.service with these contents:
[Unit] Description=Historiana API After=syslog.target After=network.target [Service] Type=simple User=www-data Group=daemon ExecStart=/usr/bin/python3 /web/sites/historiana.eu/api/server.py WorkingDirectory=/web/sites/historiana.eu/api/ # Give the script some time to startup TimeoutSec=300 [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Then enable and install this service (similar to Neo4J earlier)
systemctl enable hiapi systemctl restart hiapi
If you want to use SSL you will need a certificate for your instance. In order to get this your
hostname should resolve to the IP of the VM.
certbot you can get a free Lets Encrypt certificate:
apt install certbot certbot certonly —standalone -d dev.historiana.eu certbot certonly —standalone -d dev.hi.st openssl dhparam -out /etc/ssl/certs/dhparam.pem 4096
Before we can access the site we need to install the webserver NGiNX :
apt install nginx
Then install the supplied
This concludes the installation of the backend, installing the frontend as well is a logical next step and will be documented later.
** TODO: document Frontend install