How to Deploy Jitsi with Marketplace Apps

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Jitsi Marketplace App

Jitsi is a suite of open source projects that allows you to host your own virtual video conferences.

Deploy Jitsi with Marketplace Apps

Linode’s App Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager. To access Linode’s App Marketplace:

  1. Log in to your Linode Cloud Manager account.

  2. From the Linode dashboard, click on the Marketplace button in the left-hand navigation menu.

  3. The Linode creation page appears, with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.

  4. Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy:

    Select a Marketplace App to deploy

  5. Once you have selected the app, proceed to the app’s Options section and provide values for the required fields.

Jitsi Options

The Jitsi Marketplace form includes advanced fields to setup your Jitsi server’s domain records and a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. These are optional configurations and are not required for installation.

Note

To use Jitsi with encrypted connections, you need an SSL certificate. If you choose to create the free SSL certificate during setup, you must have a fully qualified domain name registered prior to installation.

If Jitsi is not created with the SSL option enabled, it will use a self-signed certificate which may trigger an invalid certificate response in some browsers.

FieldDescription
The hostname for your serverThe hostname for the server. The default value “meet” is filled in when you select Jitsi from the Marketplace Apps; feel free to change this.
Your domainThe domain name where you wish to host your Jitsi server. For example, example.com.
Your Linode API Token.Your Linode API access token is needed to create your DNS records and to create the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. If you don’t have a token, you must create one before continuing.
Would you like to use a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate?Select Yes if you would like the install to create an SSL certificate for you, or No if you do not. You cannot create secure, encrypted conferences without an SSL certificate. If No is selected, the Jitsi app will trigger security warnings in most web browsers.
Admin Email for Let’s Encrypt certificateThe email you wish to use for the SSL certificate. This email address will receive notifications when the certificate needs to be renewed.
Note
The address to access Jitsi will be hostname.domain name. For example, if you kept the default hostname, meet, and your domain name is example.com, to access Jitsi, the address is: https://meet.example.com.

Linode Options

After providing the app-specific options, provide configurations for your Linode server:

ConfigurationDescription
Select an ImageUbuntu 20.04 LTS is currently the only image supported by Jitsi Marketplace Apps, and it is pre-selected on the Linode creation page. Required
RegionThe region where you would like your Linode to reside. In general, it’s best to choose a location that’s closest to you. For more information on choosing a DC, review the How to Choose a Data Center guide. You can also generate MTR reports for a deeper look at the network routes between you and each of our data centers. Required.
Linode PlanYour Linode’s hardware resources. The Linode plan that you select should be appropriate for the amount of data transfer, users, and other stress that may affect the performance of your server. We recommend you create at least a Linode 8GB. If you are going to be hosting large meetings, or many simultaneous meetings, consider a larger and/or dedicated plan. Required
Linode LabelThe name for your Linode, which must be unique between all of the Linodes on your account. This name will be how you identify your server in the Cloud Manager’s Dashboard. Required.
Root PasswordThe primary administrative password for your Linode instance. This password must be provided when you log in to your Linode via SSH. The password must meet the complexity strength validation requirements for a strong password. Your root password can be used to perform any action on your server, so make it long, complex, and unique. Required

When you’ve provided all required Linode Options, click on the Create button. Your Jitsi app will complete installation anywhere between 3-5 minutes after your Linode has finished provisioning.

Getting Started After Deployment

Jitsi is now installed and ready to use.

  1. Before you go to your app, if you filled out the optional Jitsi configuration fields:

    • In the Cloud Manager DNS Manager there is now an entry for your domain with two A/AAAA records pointing to your new server. One for the domain name and one for the hostname.
    • Configure the rDNS on your Linode.
  2. If you didn’t setup a domain, navigate to the IP address of the Linode in your browser. You can find the IP address for your Linode on the Linode detail page in the Cloud Manager. If you did setup a domain, navigate to the address as described in the Jitsi Options section above.

  3. Jitsi prompts you to start a meeting.

“Jitsi Start a Meeting”

Software Included

The Jitsi Marketplace App will install the following software on your Linode:

SoftwareDescription
Jitsi MeetThe WebRTC compatible JavaScript application that enables the video conferencing.
Jitsi Videobridge (jvb)WebRTC compatible server that routes the video streams between participants in the conference.
Jitsi Conference Focus (jicofo)The server-side focus component that manages sessions between participants.
Jitsi Gateway to SIP (jigasi)A server-side application enabling regular SIP clients to join the conference.
JibriTools for recording and streaming the conference.
ProsodyXMPP server for signalling.
Note
Currently, Linode does not manage software and systems updates for Marketplace Apps. It is up to the user to perform routine maintenance on software deployed in this fashion.

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