For those of you who didn’t know, Sandstorm is an open-source hosting platform for personal instances of web apps. Users can upload and install arbitrary software. In addition to improving privacy and control, this is the only way to make Open Source web apps viable. A few examples of the apps that can be installed using Sandstorm are WordPress, GitLab, MediaWiki, Apache Wave, and RoundCube webmail.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Sandstorm on Ubuntu 14.04.
Install Sandstorm on Ubuntu 14.04
Step 1. First of all, make sure that all packages are up to date.
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Install Sandstorm.
To install on your own Linux machine, just do:
curl https://install.sandstorm.io | bash
Or, if you don’t like piping directly to shell, download first:
curl https://install.sandstorm.io > install.sh bash install.sh
Step 3. Accessing Sandstorm.
Sandstorm will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favourite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com:6080 or http://server-ip:6080 and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Sandstorm. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Sandstorm on Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Sandstorm web site.