How To Install Mattermost on AlmaLinux 8

Install Mattermost on AlmaLinux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Mattermost on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Mattermost is a secure, open-source platform for communication, collaboration, and workflow orchestration across tools and teams. Mattermost is a free Slack alternative. Mattermost is available in open source and enterprise editions. Open Source edition is free, whereas Enterprise editions require a per-user license. You can find Mattermost Pricing plans on their official website.

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 the step-by-step installation of the Mattermost on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

Install Mattermost on AlmaLinux 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release

Step 2. Installing MySQL on AlmaLinux 8.

Now we run the following command to install MySQL on your AlmaLinux system:

sudo dnf install mysql-server mysql

Once successfully installed, start to enable it to start on system start-up using:

sudo systemctl restart mysqld
sudo systemctl status mysqld
sudo systemctl enable mysqld

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

mysql_secure_installation

Next, let’s log in to our MySQL server and create a Database to use later with Mattermost installation:

mysql -u root -p

Create Mattermost database and user with all privileges on the database:

CREATE DATABASE mattermost_db;
CREATE USER 'mattermost_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-strong-password';
GRANT ALL ON mattermost_db. * TO mattermost_[email protected];
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
Exit;

Step 3. Installing Mattermost on AlmaLinux 8.

Now we download and install the latest version of Mattermost from its official page:

wget https://releases.mattermost.com/5.39.0/mattermost-5.39.0-linux-amd64.tar.gz

Next, extract and move the downloaded file to /opt directory:

sudo tar -xf mattermost-*-linux-amd64.tar.gz
sudo mv mattermost /opt

Step 4. Configuring Config.json File.

Run the following command to create a config.json file using the nano text editor:

sudo nano /opt/mattermost/config/config.json

Find and set the following directives related to the Mattermost backend database. You may find them under “SqlSettings” configuration block:

"DriverName": "mysql",
"DataSource": "mmuser:[email protected](localhost:3306)/mattermost?charset=utf8mb4,utf8\u0026readTimeout=30s\u0026writeTimeout=30s",

Step 5. Creating Systemd Service Mattermost.

Let’s create a configuration file systemd service to allow us to start, stop and restart the Mattermost service:

cd /etc/systemd/system
sudo nano mattermost.service

Add the following line:

[Unit]
Description=Mattermost
After=syslog.target network.target mysqld.service

[Service]
Type=notify
WorkingDirectory=/opt/mattermost
User=mattermost
ExecStart=/opt/mattermost/bin/mattermost
PIDFile=/var/spool/mattermost/pid/master.pid
TimeoutStartSec=3600
LimitNOFILE=49152

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Save and close then, make the file executable:

sudo chmod 664 /etc/systemd/system/mattermost.service
sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Now, enable the above-created service file to run with the system boot and also start the same:

sudo systemctl enable mattermost.service
sudo systemctl start mattermost.service
sudo systemctl status mattermost.service

Step 6. Configure Firewall.

Now open port number 8065 on your AlmaLinux:

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=8065/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 7. Accessing Mattermost Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-ip-address:8065 and continue to configure Mattermost by entering an email address and creating an account.

Install Mattermost on AlmaLinux 8

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Mattermost. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Mattermost on your AlmaLinux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Mattermost website.

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