Deploying Jitsi through the Linode Marketplace
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Jitsi is a suite of open source projects that allows you to host your own virtual video conferences.
Deploying the Jitsi Marketplace App
The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager.
Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Marketplace link from the left navigation menu. This displays the Linode Compute Create page with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.
Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy.
Fill out all required Options for the selected app as well as any desired Advanced Options (which are optional). See the Configuration Options section for details.
Complete the rest of the form as discussed within the Getting Started > Create a Linode.
Click the Create Linode button. Once the Linode has provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the Linode is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail. To determine if the installation has completed, open the Linode’s Lish console and wait for the system login prompt to appear.
Follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section.
Software installation should complete within 3-5 minutes after the Linode has finished provisioning.
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.
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 uses a self-signed certificate which may trigger an
invalid certificateresponse in some browsers.
|The hostname for your server||The 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 domain||The domain name where you wish to host your Jitsi server. For example, |
|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 |
|Admin Email for Let’s Encrypt certificate||The email you wish to use for the SSL certificate. This email address receives notifications when the certificate needs to be renewed.|
NoteIf you enter a domain name, the address to access Jitsi is
domain name. For example, if you kept the default hostname,
meet, and your domain name is
example.com, to access Jitsi, the address is:
For advice on filling out the remaining options on the Create a Linode form, see Getting Started > Create a Linode. That said, some options may be limited or recommended based on this Marketplace App:
- Supported distributions: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
- Recommended minimum plan: All plan types and sizes can be used, though we recommend a 8GB Dedicated CPU or Shared Compute Instance for hosting large meetings or multiple simultaneous meetings.
Getting Started After Deployment
Jitsi is now installed and ready to use.
Before you go to your app, if you filled out the optional Jitsi configuration fields:
If you didn’t setup a domain, navigate to the rDNS address of the Linode in your browser. You can find the rDNS address in the Networking tab for your Linode in the Cloud Manager. If you did setup a domain, navigate to the address as described in the Jitsi Options section above.
Jitsi prompts you to start a meeting.
The Jitsi Marketplace App installs the following software on your Linode:
|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.|
|Jibri||Tools for recording and streaming the conference.|
|Prosody||XMPP server for signalling.|
NoteCurrently, 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.
You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.
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