How to install - Debian/Ubuntu + Apache

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


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

Enable an Apache module called proxy_wstunnel with the following command:

a2enmod proxy_wstunnel

Add to the config file of Apache outside VirtualHosts or inside the virtualhost directive of your website:

ProxyPass "/MyWsServer/" "ws://"

Save the file and restart Apache: systemctl restart apache2 or systemctl restart httpd

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: 2022-10-05
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