My ghost install

2013-09-21 Last modified on 2021-05-23

Ghost ?

Yep, Ghost.

The server

I have a debian jessie server.

What do I need ?

You'll find useful information here.

They are a few things I want to share.

First, you need nodeJS. You just have to

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs

and npm. To install npm, there is a nice script, but it's looking for a node executable, and debian provides a nodejs executable.

So you need to create a /usr/bin/node symbolic link to /usr/bin/nodejs to not replace everything in npm files.

I can has ghost nao ?

It's just now available for kickstarter backers. OH YEAH MY NAME IS IN THIS PAGE.

On my server, it is in /home/username/blog, so cd blog and npm install --production to retrieve the libraries from npm.

When it is done, you can npm start to launch the server and it will be available at

Nginx configuration

I am using nginx and here is an example :

server {
  listen 80;
  return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

server {
  listen 443 ssl;
  listen 80;

  ssl_certificate /home/path/to/the/certificate/certificate.pem;
  ssl_certificate_key /home/path/to/the/certificate/myserver.key;

  # optional: tell browsers to require SSL
  add_header Strict-Transport-Security max-age=31536000;
  root /home/path/to/ghost/folder/;
  # if a file does not exist in the specified root and nothing else is defined, we want to serve the request via node.js
  try_files $uri @nodejs;

  location @nodejs {
    # say node.js is listening on port 2368, same host
    proxy_pass http://localhost:2368;

I am using SSL so I redirect everything going to port 80 to tport 443. Then, I redirect stuff to nodejs.

Then you can go to to register your first account.

After registration, I added these lines to the config to prevent other registrations:

location /ghost/signup/ {
  return 301 $scheme://;

Ghost runs, but I can't quit the terminal without killing it

Yep. What about some nohup or forever ?

nohup npm start  > output.log &

It will run the ghost start command, output stuff in the log file, and you can quit your terminal and get a coffee.

What now ?

  • to see your blog (it should redirect to https if you have it).
  • to log yourself in Ghost.