Strider CI on AWS EC2
Part 1: Strider Setup



This guide will show you how to run Strider Continuous Deployment server on AWS EC2 Ubuntu instance. Before you proceed, and if you haven't done it yet, go ahead and create yourself an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit server. Configuring DNS to point to domain is not necessary but doing it will make your life easier. If you are with AWS go ahead and use Route53 service to do so before proceeding.

SSH to your server using .pem keys. If you need help with that you can take a look at ssh configuration with .pem keys.

Host name update

Edit /etc/hostname appending server hostname to the top line to prevent from sudo from throwing errors.

You can check host name running hostname bash command.

source: Error: sudo: unable to resolve host ip-xxx-xx-xx-xxx

System packages

Run below script to install gcc compilers, node, update npm and install git

curl -L | bash

Install MongoDB as well

curl -L | bash

Installing strider

Strider can be installed with npm so go ahead and do so.

npm install -g strider

Starting mongodb

sudo service mongod start

Strider user(s)

We are going to create separate deployment user called strider as both system and application user. It is always good idea to do so. Deployment user should have minimal required privileges to reduce the risk of compromising the system.

System user

Sole responsibilty of system deployment user is running CI server. It doesn't need to have neither home directory or tty. Lets go head and create system user called strider.

sudo adduser --system --no-create-home strider

Application user

We also need application user, run below command and follow instructions. Put details you will want to use to log into strider.

strider addUser

Strider mongodb user

We are going to skip this step for now for simplicity. However, if CI server is exposed publicly, securing mongodb is always a good idea.

Strider builds directory

Strider will need a directory to store all project build files. Let's call it strider-builds and put it in our home directory.

mkdir -p /home/ubuntu/strider-builds

Port 80 redirection

Instant iptables update

Redirect all traffic from port 80 to 3000 - default strider port.

sudo iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 3000

iptables update after system reboot

Edit /etc/rc.local file and add below line to setup redirection after instance boots up. Note: Same as above but without sudo.

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 3000



PM2 is great process manager with awesome logging capabilities.

Installing PM2

npm install -g pm2

Start strider with pm2

Now, you should start strider with some environment properties.

NODE_ENV="production" \
STRIDER_CLONE_DEST="/home/ubuntu/strider-builds/" \
pm2 start strider

Save PM2 configuration.

pm2 save

You can now navigate to and log into Strider.

PM2 auto start after reboot

PM2 comes with startup command that will help you to auto start pm2 start after system reboot.

pm2 startup ubuntu

It should output something like below, so just follow these instructions.

# [PM2] You have to run this command as root. Execute the following command:
#      sudo su -c "env PATH=$PATH:/usr/bin pm2 startup linux -u ubuntu --hp /home/ubuntu"


Now you should be able to restart the server.

sudo reboot

Wait a minute or two and refresh your Strider in your browser.


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