In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Askbot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, AskBot is an open-source question-and-answer forum written in Django and Python. It provides features similar to StackOverflow, including a karma-based system, voting, and content moderation. Currently, it is used by open-source projects like Fedora and LibreOffice.
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 of the Askbot on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install Askbot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt commands in the terminal.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade sudo apt install python-dev python-setuptools python-pip sudo python-psycopg2 libpq-dev
Step 2. Installing PostgreSQL.
Now install the PostgreSQL package using the
sudo apt install postgresql postgresql-client
By default, the PostgreSQL service is started automatically after the installation. You can confirm if it is running with the command:
systemctl status postgresql.service
Once installed, connect to the PostgreSQL shell with the following command:
su - postgres [firstname.lastname@example.org ~]$ psql
Next, create a database and user for Askbot with the following command:
postgres=# create database askbot; postgres=# create user askbot with password 'your-strong-password'; postgres=# grant all privileges on database askbot to askbot; postgres=# \q
After that, edit the PostgreSQL main configuration file and enable the md5 authentication:
Add the following line:
# "local" is for Unix domain socket connections only local all all md5 # IPv4 local connections: host all all 127.0.0.1/32 md5 # IPv6 local connections: host all all ::1/128 md5
Save and close the file, then restart PostgreSQL to apply the changes:
sudo systemctl restart postgresql
Step 3. Installing Askbot on Ubuntu 20.04.
We need to create a new user for AskBot installation, as we will not be using
root users for it. Create a new user named
askbot and give that user a new password:
useradd -m -s /bin/bash askbot passwd askbot
Next, add Askbot user to
sudo with the following command:
usermod -a -G sudo askbot
After that, install python virtualenv package with the following command:
pip install virtualenv six
Once installed, change the user to askbot and create a new virtual environment for Askbot with the following command:
su - askbot virtualenv askbot
Next, change the directory to askbot and activate the virtual environment with the following command:
cd askbot source bin/activate
Next, upgrade pip to the latest version using the command below:
pip install --upgrade pip
Next, install Askbot, Six, and PostgreSQL module with the following command:
pip install six==1.10.0 pip install askbot==0.10.3 psycopg2
Next, create a directory for your application:
Next, change the directory to myapp and setup the Askbot with the following command:
cd myapp askbot-setup
So Askbot is now installed on the ‘testing directory. Now we need to generate Askbot files and the database. Run the command below to generate Askbot static files:
python manage.py collectstatic
Next, migrate the database with the following command:
python manage.py migrate
So, Askbot has been installed and the testing project configured. Test it with the run server:
python manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8080
Step 4. Accessing Askbot Web Interface.
Once successfully installed, Now open your web browser and access the Askbot web UI using the URL
http://your-ip-address. If everything is okay, you should get to its dashboard below:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Askbot. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Askbot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Askbot website.