Video: How to install BlaB! WS on Debian/Ubuntu + Nginx. Full install (client & server) in 4 minutes. Requirements: Debian 8+ or Ubuntu 16.04+ server/VPS with Nginx, PHP5/PHP7 and MySQL/MariaDB. Access to that server via SSH as a root user. telnet installed. PHP shell_exec enabled in php.ini.

BlaB! WS How to install (quick-and-easy) - Debian/Ubuntu + Nginx


Step 1

Download blabws-server 32-bit or 64-bit, unzip and upload the folder blabws-server under your /opt directory so that the path to the blabws-server executable file is: /opt/blabws-server/blabws-server.

Make sure that the file is executable: chmod +x /opt/blabws-server/blabws-server or Filezilla » File Permissions » 755

Step 2

Add to the config file of Nginx inside the server block of your website:

location /MyWsServer/ {
    proxy_pass http://localhost:9002;
    proxy_http_version 1.1;
    proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
    proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
    proxy_read_timeout 600s;
    # connection will be closed after 600 seconds of inactivity

Save the file and restart Nginx: systemctl restart nginx

Step 3

Download BlaB! WS (client), unzip the content in an empty folder and upload it to your server under your website root directory. CHMOD blabws/config.php to 666, blabws/attachments to 777 and navigate with your browser to YOUR-URL.COM/blabws/index.php and follow the instructions (3 steps only).

Step 4

At the end of the installation process you'll see a link to the Admin CP - go to Server, and set:

Save with OKAY, start your server from BOARD » SERVER STATUS, press the ESC key to display the menu, hit EXIT to go to chat.




Server as a systemd service

Alternative: without telnet and shell_exec (client 19.01 and above)


Page updated: 2019-02-28

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