Self hosted chat for small teams

Lets-Chat! is a persistent messaging application that runs on Node.js and MongoDB. It's designed to be easily deployable and fits well with small, intimate teams..

 

Let's Chat is a persistent messaging application that runs on Node. js and MongoDB. It's designed to be easily deployable and fits well with small, intimate teams. It's free (MIT licensed) and ships with killer features such as LDAP/Kerberos authentication, a REST-like API and XMPP support.

System Requirements

To install Bitnami Letschat Stack you will need:

  • Intel x86 or compatible processor
  • Minimum of 256 MB RAM
  • Minimum of 150 MB hard drive space
  • TCP/IP protocol support
  • Compatible operantig systems:
    • An x86 or x64 Linux operating system.

Features

Following are the key features of Lets-chat

  • Easy to Install.

    Bitnami Stacks are built with one goal in mind: to make it as easy as possible to install open source software. Our installers completely automate the process of installing and configuring all of the software included in each Stack, so you can have everything up and running in just a few clicks.

  • Independent.

    Bitnami Stacks are completely self-contained, and therefore do not interfere with any software already installed on your system. For example, you can upgrade your system's Apache without fear of 'breaking' your Bitnami Stack.

  • Integrated.

    By the time you click the 'finish' button on the installer, the whole stack will be integrated, configured and ready to go.

  • Relocatable.

    Bitnami Stacks can be installed in any directory. This allows you to have multiple instances of the same stack, without them interfering with each other.

  • COMPONENTS.
    • Letschat 0.4.8
    • Apache 2.4.43
    • Node.js 10.21.0

Installation Instructions

The Bitnami Letschat Stack is distributed as a binary executable installer.
It can be downloaded from: https://bitnami.com/stacks/ The downloaded file will be named something similar to:

bitnami-letschat-0.4.8-29-linux-installer.run on Linux or
bitnami-letschat-0.4.8-29-linux-x64-installer.run on Linux 64 bit

On Linux, you will need to give it executable permissions:

chmod 755 bitnami-letschat-0.4.8-29-linux.run

To begin the installation process, double-click on that file, and you will be greeted by the 'Welcome' screen. Pressing 'Next' will take you to the next screen.

The next screen is the Installation Folder, where you can select where Bitnami stack will be installed. If the destination directory does not exist, it will be created as part of the installation.

In the next screen you will asked to create an administrator account.

The next screen will prompt you for your IP/domain.

Once the information has been entered, the installation will proceed to copy the files to the target installation directory and configure the different components. One this process has been completed, you will see the 'Installation Finished' page. You can choose to launch Bitnami Letschat Stack at this point. If you do so, your default web browser will open and display the Welcome page for the Bitnami Letschat Stack.

If you received an error message during installation, please refer to the Troubleshooting section.

The rest of this guide assumes that you installed Bitnami Letschat Stack in /home/user/letschat-0.4.8-29 on Linux and that you use port 8080 for Apache on Linux.

STARTING AND STOPPING BITNAMI LETSCHAT STACK

The Bitnami Application Manager is a simple graphical interface included in the stacks that can start and stop the Bitnami servers. It is are located in the same installation directory.

To start the utility, double click the file named ‘manager-linux’

Alternatively, you can also start and stop the services manually, as explained below. To start/stop/restart application on Linux you can use the included ctlscript.sh utility, as shown below:

./ctlscript.sh (start|stop|restart)
       ./ctlscript.sh (start|stop|restart) apache
       ./ctlscript.sh (start|stop|restart) Letschat

  start      - start the service(s)
  stop       - stop  the service(s)
  restart    - restart or start the service(s)

That will start Apache service. Once started, you can open your browser and access the following URL on Linux:
http://127.0.0.1:8080/
If you selected an alternate port during installation, for example 18080, the URL will look like:
http://127.0.0.1:18080/
If you are accessing the machine remotely, you will need to replace 127.0.0.1 with the appropriate IP address or hostname.