Ghost on Pi

Ghost is open source blogging platform written in Node.js that offers self hosting and hosted service.

We are going to self host Ghost on a Raspberry Pi.

This guide will take you through the steps of setting up a self hosted Ghost production environment.

I am working on this setup with a clean install of Raspbian and headless setup, you can lean how to enable SSH from here.

You can SSH into your Raspberry Pi(Mac/Linux). If you are a Windows user you need to use Putty

“`
ssh pi@the-ip-address-of-the-pi
“`

The default username and password of the Raspbian install is.

user: pi

password: raspberry

Installing Node.js

Downloading Node.js(NPM ships with it)

“`
wget http://node-arm.herokuapp.com/node_latest_armhf.deb
“`

Installing Node.js(required by Ghost)

“`
sudo dpkg -i node_latest_armhf.deb
“`

Installing Sqlite required by Ghost.

“`
sudo apt-get install sqlite3
“`

Installing NGINX(used to reverse proxy Ghost)

“`
sudo apt-get install nginx-full
“`

Installing Supervisor(to manage Ghost)

“`
sudo apt-get install supervisor
“`

#### Ghost setup

This will download the latest version of Ghost.

“`
wget https://ghost.org/zip/ghost-latest.zip
“`

Unzipping the folder we just downloaded.

“`
unzip ghost-latest.zip -d Ghost
“`

Set `Ghost/` as the current directory

```
cd Ghost/
```

Installing dependencies used by Ghost using `NPM`.

```
npm install --production
```

Run the command below to see everything works fine.

```
npm start --production
```

Time to setup turn Ghost into a service.

Creating the <code class="highlighter-rouge">ghost.conf file for Supervisor to manage Ghost.

```
touch /etc/supervisor/conf.d/ghost.conf
```

Editing the file, you can choose any editor you like.

```
nano /etc/supervisor/conf.d/ghost.conf
```

Add these lines to the `ghost.conf` file.

```
[program:ghost]
command = npm start --production
directory = /home/pi/Ghost/
user = pi
autostart = true
autorestart = true
stdout_logfile = /var/log/supervisor/ghost.log
stderr_logfile = /var/log/supervisor/ghost_err.log
environment = NODE_ENV="production"
```

Now save the file, in nano CTRL + X + Y.

You can start Supervisor, if it did not start after installing.

```
service supervisord start
```

Now set Supervisor to run on startup.

```
sudo update-rc.d supervisord defaults
```

Starting Ghost service we just created.

```
sudo supervisord start ghost
```

Ghost will be running in production in port 2368.

Reverse proxying Ghost with NGINX.

Editing the <code class="highlighter-rouge">default file.

```
nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
```

Add these lines

```
server {
listen 80;
server_name yourdomain.com; # Change this to your hostname

    location / {
    proxy_pass       http://127.0.0.1:2368;
    proxy_set_header Host      $host;
    proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
    }

}

</div>Save the file

Now restart NGINX.

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service nginx restart  

Now visit your Raspberry Pi ip address. You will be presented with a beautiful setup screen.

You can edit the Ghost hostname and other settings by editing the <code class="highlighter-rouge">config.js stored in the Ghost folder.

Services like DynDNS can be used to manage hostname, if you want your Ghost blog to be public and use a domain name instead of the ip address.

If you have any questions or problem, leave a comment below.

Published by Darryl

A visual effects artist and compositor, self learner, Linux enthusiast and Programmer and can write in Python and Rust. Contributor to open source projects.