Introducing StackScripts

Need a way to quickly get a LAMP stack up and running that’s automatically tuned, tweaked and optimized for you? Ever wished there was a way to deploy a WordPress stack that worked right out of the box? How about an easy way to deploy a cluster of identically configured Linodes?

StackScripts™ provide a flexible way to customize our distribution templates. They’re very easy to use — find a StackScript, answer its questions, and click deploy. When the deployment is first booted, the script is executed and does its thing. You can even watch its progress by viewing the console.

StackScripts can be private to your account, shared to the Linode community, or chosen from our library of open source StackScripts. The Linode Manager Users and Grants permission system enables you to restrict who can use or edit your private StackScripts. The Linode API can even handle StackScripts, so management can be rolled into your existing workflow.

You can browse the repository of public StackScripts.  You’ll also notice a new link off the deploy page for deploying from a StackScript, and on the main Linodes tab a link to the StackScript editor.

Comments (18)

  1. f055

    Wow this is great news. Certainly will speed up work, thanks!

  2. Nathan

    All I can say is WOW. This will save so much time when deploying a linode! Thanks!

  3. Tim

    Sounds great.

    @Linode Question: How do I upgrade my packages once I’ve deployed a stack (LAMP).

    Meaning, say I deploy your LAMP script. Then a year goes by and a new version of Apache, MySQL or PHP is available. How do I upgrade to the newest “StackScript” packages?

  4. caker

    @Tim once deployed, you maintain the Linux deployment like any other – apt-get/yum/etc.

  5. metaperl

    nice, but will automatic updates work with wordpress stackscripts?

    it’s a great idea…

  6. caker

    Automatic updates of what?

    Ultimately it depends on what a StackScript does. The ones that we’ve created use the distro’s packages, so upgrading the packages later on would work just fine. Some StackScripts may install software from source, so in that case you’d want to stay away from the distro’s packaged version. It really depends.

  7. tommy

    How does this compare to chef-solo?

  8. lenzenmi

    I think this is a great idea. I remember when I first set up my LAMP, I followed a tutorial and mostly copy and pasted the commands. This should amount to the same thing. One question though, are these scripts going to be given maintainers to ensure they are allays kept up to date?

  9. caker

    We’re committed to maintaining ours. I can’t speak for the user-contributed ones. If they’re popular enough, we’ll pick them up and release them as supported versions…

  10. Lee Markhs

    Its nice, but this is not Linode original. This was an innovation from some other company, I remember reading about it not sure of the name. I even remember Caker saying it was ‘gimmicky’.

  11. Paul

    I m happy that I can now recommend linode to simple users.

    Webbynode’s scripts was a nice idea, but still the vps itself missed a lot of the features of linode,because they did not want to make it complicated for users.

    Night support guy, european node, now scripts.

    A few more improvements, and for sure you will set new standards in the competition.

    I hope there will be possibility for community scripts, and a rating/security check system web application for them.

    I m happy that lately you hear your customers, and you do what is necessary to keep them happy.

    Competition helps all of the industry, technology proceeds like that, and there is real progress.

    Congratulations!

  12. Josh Koenig

    Very cool! I’m looking forward to creating a StackScript for our Project Mercury high-performance Drupal installation. 🙂

  13. Joel

    A script to install debian+dtc+mysql+php+apache would be great for those that want to easily set up and manage multiple sites.

  14. Tim

    Is there any way we could browse the generally available includes such as the “StackScript Bash Library” without going into another stackscript? It would be nice to know what includes are available, quickly.

  15. Jeff

    Will Linode be deploying a mail setup? I’m rather looking forward to that one.

  16. jrstmartin

    @Josh Koenig I’m looking forward to that! Bring it!

  17. snatcher

    Excellent. I have only been with Linode for 3 months but already I am a hardcore fan.

  18. Tim

    It’s been quite in Linode-land lately.

    Any new updates?

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