Step by Step Guide to Install the Rocket Chat on CentOS 7

How to Install Rocket Chat on CentOS 7

In this tutorial we will guide you, how to install Rocket Chat on CentOS 7. Before moving forward you should put a proper host name for your server. Please check that your server should have a static IP with full internet connection. Today digital world moving from real to virtual. Implement your chat server today make you office paper less.

Install the Prerequisite and Dependencies for Rocket Chat

  1. To install CentOS 7, see the CentOS Installation Instructions.

To check the CentOS version

#cat /etc/redhat-release

CentOS release

  1. After the system is installed, make sure that it’s up to date with the most recent security patches. Add the epel repository and update everything.

#yum -y install epel-release nano && yum -y update

It will take some time to update and also install the nano text editor tools for file editing.

  1. Now We will create a yum repository to install mongo db

# nano /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb.repo


Insert the desired YUM Repository options to the newly created YUM Repository configuration file and save changes. To save the file Ctrl+o and Ctrl+x

  1. To install the all dependencies for the Rocket Chat run the bellow command

# yum install -y nodejs curl GraphicsMagick npm mongodb-org-server mongodb-org gcc-c++

It will take some time to install all the packages.

  1. Then we need to install some more dependencies through NPM package manager for the node.js

# npm install -g inherits n

  1. The recommended Node.js version for using Rocket Chat is 9.3. Using n we are going to install that version

# n 8.9.3

Setup Mongo DB

Now we will bring up the Mongo DB and make it as start up service

# systemctl start mongod

# systemctl enable mongod

Rocket Chat and Install

  1. Change the Directory

#cd /opt

  1. Now Download the Rocket Chat

# curl -L -o

3. Unzip the tar file and move as Rocket.Chat

# tar zxvf

# mv bundle Rocket.Chat

# cd Rocket.Chat/programs/server

4. Now Install the Rocket Chat using the NPM package manager

# npm installNow change the Directory

#cd ../..

Now the installation is complete. Now you have go to the installation folder /opt/Rocket.Chat and set the PORT, URL and Database.

#export PORT=3000

#export ROOT_URL=http://<your IP/host name>:3000/

#export MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/rocketchat  Rocket Chat installation is complete now.


  1. To Verify the Rocket Chat installation run the below command

#node main.js

Now open browser from other computer try to access your URL

URL: http://<your IP/host name>:3000/

Now you are connected with your Chat server, Now click on “Register a new account”

Rocket Chat Login

Set your User name, Password and Email and click submit,  you will be prompted to select a username. I selected admin. Click USE THIS USERNAME to continue.

Now you are log in as a administrator and you are ready to use the Rocket Chat on CentOS 7.

Configure Rocket Chat as a service

Go back to the server and press Ctrl+c to stop the Rocket chat. Now we will create a service for Rocket Chat.

  1. Create service file for rocket chat

#nano /usr/lib/systemd/system/rocketchatd.service

  1. Write the below line in that file


Description=The Rocket.Chat server
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/node /opt/Rocket.Chat/main.js
Environment=MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/rocketchat ROOT_URL=http://<your IP/host name>:3000/ PORT=3000

To save the file Ctrl+o and Ctrl+x

  1. Now start the service and enable Rocket Chat as Start Up service

# systemctl start rocketchatd
# systemctl enable rocketchatd

Now you can create user from doing the admin login into the browser.

Rocket Chat Admin

This is basic installation guide Rocket Chat on CentOS 7. You can also install SSL certificate to the web application.  If you have any question you can comment here. We will be more happy to help you.


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