Quick start for code developers

On Linux/Mac

You can run Rocket.Chat for development on a Linux or a Mac. The following instruction has been tested on a new Ubuntu 18.04 LTS installation.

During the build, memory usage will be nearly 8G, this is the minimum level of RAM recommended for development workstations.

Note that there is no need to install mongo, nodejs, or npm on the base operating system.

Development should be performed under a regular user account (not root) on Linux. There should be no need to run sudo at all.

You may notice build WARNINGs related to peer dependencies or other transitive dependencies. They are typically safe to ignore unless you are coding the feature or modules that require them.

  1. Install tools required

    sudo apt install g++ build-essential git curl python-minimal

  2. Install meteor

    curl https://install.meteor.com/ | sh

    There is no need to install node or npm, as meteor already includes them. Verify by:

    meteor node -v

    meteor npm -v

  3. Get rocket.chat code

    git clone https://github.com/RocketChat/Rocket.Chat.git

  4. Install modules

    cd Rocket.Chat

    meteor npm install

  5. Start building (can take 5 minutes, please be patient)

    meteor npm start

When the server is ready, you will see a box with “Server Running” title:

I20181122-12:33:53.282(0)? ➔ +-----------------------------------------------+
I20181122-12:33:53.282(0)? ➔ |                 SERVER RUNNING                |
I20181122-12:33:53.282(0)? ➔ +-----------------------------------------------+
I20181122-12:33:53.283(0)? ➔ |                                               |
I20181122-12:33:53.283(0)? ➔ |  Rocket.Chat Version:          |
I20181122-12:33:53.283(0)? ➔ |       NodeJS Version: 8.11.4 - x64            |
I20181122-12:33:53.284(0)? ➔ |             Platform: linux                   |
I20181122-12:33:53.284(0)? ➔ |         Process Port: 28349                   |
I20181122-12:33:53.285(0)? ➔ |             Site URL: http://localhost:3000/  |
I20181122-12:33:53.285(0)? ➔ |     ReplicaSet OpLog: Enabled                 |
I20181122-12:33:53.285(0)? ➔ |          Commit Hash: f8a5b8f09a              |
I20181122-12:33:53.286(0)? ➔ |        Commit Branch: develop                 |
I20181122-12:33:53.286(0)? ➔ |                                               |
I20181122-12:33:53.287(0)? ➔ +-----------------------------------------------+

This means that a Rocket.Chat server is running from your computer. To access the server, navigate to


Other references:

Editing Rocket.Chat Files

Editing files is relatively simple. After you run git clone, the files from the repository are saved on your computer. You can go to the cloned repository folder and edit or add files to Rocket.Chat. When you make changes to Rocket.Chat the server will automatically rebuild.

Sometimes changes can shut down the server, if that happens just run meteor npm start again.

On Windows

Using Windows to develop is not recommended, instead is better to create a Linux virtual machine and follow the steps mentioned above, but if for some reason you really need to build Rocket.Chat on Windows you can find a community supported guide over here.

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