Install HashBrown CMS Platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

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HashBrown CMS is a free, open source, headless content management system (CMS) built on Node.js and Mongo that helps you build simple, clean design-driven websites with a lot of impressive features. . It brings a true modern approach to content management for developers and content editors.

HashBrown is also lightweight, multilingual, pluggable and secure. It can be used for many kinds of websites, from small nonprofits and large enterprises.

It offers features that may not be available to other PHP based CMS, like WordPress Joomla or Drupal… All you do is write your content and its instantly published… Other features like permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all top content and SEO friendly…

For more about HashBrown CMS , check its homepage.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install HashBrown CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10 systems.

These are the packages we’re going to be setting up.

  • Ruby version 2.5.3
  • MongoDB

Step 1: Install Ruby

To install Ruby and Rails on Ubuntu, you’ll need  to install some dependencies. To make that happen, install Node.js and Yarn repositories. This will make installing the dependencies easier.

First install these curl and git packages.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install curl git

Than run the commands below to add Node.js and Yarn repositories and keys to your system. Then install some core packages to get your environment going.

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
curl -sS | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs yarn zlib1g-dev build-essential libpq-dev libssl-dev libreadline-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev software-properties-common libffi-dev

When you’re done. continue below:

After adding the repositories and installing necessary packages above, install Ruby with your local profile settings using rbenv. you’ll then use rbenv to install ruby-build.

cd ~/
git clone ~/.rbenv
echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc
exec $SHELL

git clone ~/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build
echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
exec $SHELL

After setting up your local profile. run the commands below to install Ruby version 2.5.3. If a newer version is available, replace the version number to that. visit this site to find out Ruby latest versions.

rbenv install 2.5.3
rbenv global 2.5.3

To verify that Ruby is installed, run the commands below:

ruby -v

You should see similar lines as below:

ruby 2.5.3p105 (2018-10-18 revision 65156) [x86_64-linux]

Step 2: Install Node.js

Now that Ruby environment is set up, run the commands below to install Node.js. Run the commands below to install Node.js repository, then install Node.js package.

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Now that Node.js is installed, run the commands below to install HashBrown CMS.

Step 3: Install MongoDB

MongoDB is the database that HashBrown CMS uses. So install MongoDB, ImageMagic before continuing with setting up your website projects.

sudo apt install mongodb
npm install nosql

After installing MongoDB server, open a new terminal window and try It should start an interactive mongo prompt.

ctrl+c to exit.

Step 4: Install HashBrown CMS

Now that your environment is ready, run the commands below to install HashBrown CMS and build your first site.  Next, run the commands below to change into your home directory.

cd ~/

Then run the commands below to clone HashBrown branch from GitHub and download. Change into the cloned folder and run the commands to install HashBrown CMS.

git clone -b stable --single-branch --recursive
cd ~/hashbrown-cms
npm install --production

After a while, necessary packages should be installed and configured, ready to use. When you’re done, run the commands below to start the server.

Running standalone:

node hashbrown.js

Now open your browser and browse to the hostname follow by port # 8080


You should see HashBrown CMS home page.Now you can start building your great content!

HashBrown CMS Ubuntu

Create your first account and logon.

HashBrown CMS Ubuntu


To update the core HashBrown version and all of its dependencies, run the commands below:

cd ~/hashbrown-cms
git pull
git submodule update --recursive --init
npm install --production

Congratulation! You have successfully installed HashBrown CMS platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10

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