3/10/2014 - 12:37 PM

Ubuntu: Install Ghost website #Ghost #Markdown

Ubuntu: Install Ghost website #Ghost #Markdown


Ghost is a free, open, simple blogging platform that's available to anyone who wants to use it.


  • Ubuntu server
  • Nginx
  • Node.js
  • Node.js Nginx proxy website


Download the Ghost project from the official site and install it with npm.

sudo mkdir /var/www/<ghost>
cd /var/www/<ghost>
sudo wget https://ghost.org/zip/ghost-<version>.zip
sudo unzip ghost-<version>.zip
sudo rm ghost-<version>.zip
npm install --production

Let's create the Ghost configuration file.

sudo cp config.example.js config.js
sudo vi config.js

Please remember the port number for your production environment.

Create a new service config file.

sudo vi /etc/init/ghost.conf

Then in this file put.


# start the service after everything loaded
start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up IFACE=eth0)
stop on shutdown

# automatically restart service
respawn limit 99 5


    # navigate to your app directory
    cd /var/www/<ghost>

    # run the script with Node.js and output to a log
    export NODE_ENV=production
    exec /usr/local/bin/npm start /var/www/<ghost> 2>&1 >> /var/log/<ghost>.log
end script

Then you can control the service as follows.

sudo service ghost start
sudo service ghost stop
sudo service ghost restart
sudo service ghost status

Note: Now if you restart your server or Ghost crashes, init will spin up another instance of Ghost for you automatically.

Start Ghost by running.

sudo service ghost start


How to Install the Ghost Blogging Platform on a DigitalOcean Droplet in 10 Steps by Corbett Barr
Installing Ghost on Ubuntu by Gilbert Pellegrom
Official Ghost GitHub repository