Rocket.Chat in CentOS

This tutorial was tested using CentOS 7.5 and Rocket.Chat 0.70.0.

Rocket.Chat recommends MongoDB version 3.6 and NodeJS version 8.11.3.

Install necessary dependency packages

Configure yum to install the official MongoDB packages with the following yum repository file:

echo -e "[mongodb-org-3.6]\nname=MongoDB Repository\nbaseurl=https://repo.mongodb.org/yum/redhat/7/mongodb-org/3.6/x86_64/\ngpgcheck=1\nenabled=1\ngpgkey=https://www.mongodb.org/static/pgp/server-3.6.asc" | sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb-org-3.6.repo

Configure Node.js to be installed via package manager:

sudo yum install -y curl && curl -sL https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo bash -

Install build tools, MongoDB, nodejs and graphicsmagick:

sudo yum install -y gcc-c++ make mongodb-org nodejs
sudo yum install -y epel-release && sudo yum install -y GraphicsMagick

Using npm install inherits and n, and the node version required by Rocket.Chat:

sudo npm install -g inherits n && sudo n 8.11.3

Install Rocket.Chat

Download the latest Rocket.Chat version:

curl -L https://releases.rocket.chat/latest/download -o /tmp/rocket.chat.tgz
tar -xzf /tmp/rocket.chat.tgz -C /tmp

Install (this tutorial uses /opt but feel free to choose a different directory):

cd /tmp/bundle/programs/server && npm install
sudo mv /tmp/bundle /opt/Rocket.Chat

Configure the Rocket.Chat service

Add the rocketchat user, set the right permissions on the Rocket.Chat folder and create the Rocket.Chat service file:

sudo useradd -M rocketchat && sudo usermod -L rocketchat
sudo chown -R rocketchat:rocketchat /opt/Rocket.Chat
echo -e "[Unit]\nDescription=The Rocket.Chat server\nAfter=network.target remote-fs.target nss-lookup.target nginx.target mongod.target\n[Service]\nExecStart=/usr/local/bin/node /opt/Rocket.Chat/main.js\nStandardOutput=syslog\nStandardError=syslog\nSyslogIdentifier=rocketchat\nUser=rocketchat\nEnvironment=LD_PRELOAD=/opt/Rocket.Chat/programs/server/npm/node_modules/sharp/vendor/lib/libz.so NODE_ENV=production MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/rocketchat ROOT_URL=http://your-host-name.com-as-accessed-from-internet:3000/ PORT=3000\n[Install]\nWantedBy=multi-user.target" | sudo tee /usr/lib/systemd/system/rocketchat.service

Open the Rocket.Chat service file just created (/usr/lib/systemd/system/rocketchat.service) using sudo and your favourite text editor, and change the ROOT_URL environmental variable to reflect the URL you want to use for accessing the server (optionally change MONGO_URL and PORT):


Enable and start MongoDB and Rocket.Chat:

sudo systemctl enable mongod && sudo systemctl start mongod
sudo systemctl enable rocketchat && sudo systemctl start rocketchat

Optional configurations

If you are using firewalld and not using a reverse proxy, you probably have to open Port 3000:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=3000/tcp
sudo systemctl reload firewalld

Additional configurations

Configure replicas for your MongoDB (recommended for production environments)

Configure a HTTP reverse proxy to access Rocket.Chat server

Configure your Rocket.Chat server

Once decided if going for a standalone instance or a replica set in MongoDB, open a web browser and access the configured ROOT_URL (http://your-host-name.com-as-accessed-from-internet:3000), follow the configuration steps to set an admin account and your organization and server info.