Setting up a Rocket.Chat development server on Linux involves several steps, including installing the necessary dependencies, configuring the server, and deploying Rocket.Chat. This guide will walk you through the process step by step.

The sample Linux distribution for this guide is Ubuntu. However, the steps are similar for other Linux distributions.


  • At least 12GB RAM is required for building in a development environment. For deployment and other uses, 2GB RAM suffices.

  • Use a standard user account (not root) for setup. Avoid using sudo to prevent potential file permission issues.

You may notice build WARNINGs related to peer dependencies or other transitive dependencies. They are typically safe to ignore unless you are coding the required features or modules.

Setting up a Development Environment in Linux

  • Install essential tools required by running this command:

sudo apt install g++ build-essential git curl python2-minimal
If you run into the error "python-minimal has no installation candidate." To resolve this:
  • Install software-properties-common

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

software-properties-common package is an alternate one for python-software-properties.

for <= 12.04

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties

for >= 12.10

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

Kindly check the releases to see the required NodeJS version for Rocket.Chat.

  • Install Meteor with this command:

curl | sh

Occasionally, you might have to install a previous Meteor release. Ensure to verify the required Meteor version for Rocket.Chat from the .meteor/release file.

Alternatively, install a specific Meteor version using this command replacing x.x with the version number:

curl | sh
  • Install the yarn package manager with this command.

npm install --global yarn
  • Fork the Rocket.Chat repository on GitHub and clone it to your local system.

git clone<your-username>/Rocket.Chat.git

To install Git on Linux, see the official guide.

  • Navigate to the project directory and install all the dependencies by running these commands:

cd Rocket.Chat
  • When completed, build and run the server by executing this command:

yarn dsv

The first build can take ten or more minutes, and you may see various warnings or minor errors. Subsequent dev builds will take lesser time.

  • The server will start up on port 3000 and you will see the "Server Running" screen:

A successful running server will open up port 3000 on your machine where you can access Rocket.Chat using any browser or the Rocket.Chat client app through http://localhost:3000

Editing Rocket.Chat Files on Linux

For editing Rocket.Chat files,

  1. Launch your IDE and navigate to the cloned repository folder.

  2. Any modifications to Rocket.Chat trigger an automatic server rebuild.

  3. Occasionally, changes might cause the server to shut down. In such cases, simply restart the server to continue.

Given the extensive Rocket.Chat codebase, it's necessary to adjust the system parameter on your OS to optimize the efficiency of the file-change watcher.


Now that your development server is running, you're welcome to contribute to the Rocket.Chat server! See Participate in Rocket.Chat Development to learn more about Rocket.Chat contributions.

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Rocket.Chat versions receive support for six months after release.