How to Install Camaleon CMS on Ubuntu Linux

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Camaleon CMS is an adaptable content management system (CMS) built on Ruby on Rails, aimed at simplifying static website development. It competes with other CMSs like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, offering features such as instant content publishing and SEO-friendly posts, pages, categories, and more. The attached guide provides a detailed step-by-step process to install Camaleon CMS on Ubuntu, including setting up Ruby, Rails, MySQL Server, and integrating other core packages.

Camaleon CMS is an advanced content management system (CMS) based on Ruby on Rails that adapts to your needs. It makes developing and designing static websites easy andiis the leading open-source CMS on the Ruby on Rails framework.

You can use Camaleon CMS to create your personal or business websites in minutes by creating markup pages and content. In addition, Camaleon CMS offers features that may not be available to other PHP-based CMS, like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal.

You don’t have to worry about comments management and frequent updates. All you do is write your content, and it’s instantly published. Other features like permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all top content and SEO friendly…

For more about Camaleon CMS, check its homepage.

These are the packages we’re going to set up.

  • Ruby version 2.5.3
  • Rails version 5.2.1
  • MySQL Server

Install Ruby

You’ll need to install some dependencies to install Ruby and Rails on Ubuntu. 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

Then 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 libffi-dev

When you’re done, Continue below:

After adding the repositories and installing the 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 with that. Then, visit this site to find out about Ruby’s 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 below:

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

Another package management you’ll want to install is bundler. to do that, run the commands below

gem install bundler

Now run the command below after installing the bundler.

rbenv rehash

Install MySQL Server

MySQL server can be installed on Ubuntu by running the commands below:

sudo apt-get install mysql-client mysql-server libmysqlclient-dev

Install Rails

Now that the Ruby environment is set up, run the commands below to install Rails. Rails can be installed from Node.Js. First, run the commands below to install the Node.js repository, then install the 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 Rails.

gem install rails -v 5.2.1

Don’t forget to rehash your rbenv environment installing install new packages.

rbenv rehash

To verify if Rails is installed, run the commands below.

rails -v

You should see something similar to the lines below:

Rails 5.2.1

Also, in the past, we faced an RDoc bug; you should also update it. Also, install ImageMagick.

gem install rdoc
brew install imagemagick

Install Camaleon CMS

Now that your environment is ready, run the commands below to install Fae CMS and build your first site. Next, run the commands below.

rails new camaleon

Next, change it into the Fae CMS folder and install it there.

cd ~/camaleon

Then run the commands to open the Gemfile there.

nano Gemfile

Please copy and paste the lines below into the file and save them when it opens.

gem "camaleon_cms",  '>= 2.4.5' # (Current stable versions are,, 2.3.6, 2.2.1, 2.1.1)
# OR
# gem "camaleon_cms", github: 'owen2345/camaleon-cms' # latest development version
# gem 'draper', '~> 3' # for Rails 5+

Then the file should look like this:

ruby '2.5.3'
#Fae CMS 
gem "camaleon_cms",  '>= 2.4.5' # (Current stable versions are,, 2.3.6, 2.2.1, 2.1.1)
# OR
# gem "camaleon_cms", github: 'owen2345/camaleon-cms' # latest development version
# gem 'draper', '~> 3' # for Rails 5+
# Bundle edge Rails instead: gem 'rails', github: 'rails/rails'
gem 'rails', '~> 5.2.1'
# Use sqlite3 as the database for Active Record
gem 'sqlite3'

Save and exit.

After that, run the commands below:

bundle update
bundle install

After a while, the necessary packages should be installed. When you’re done, run the commands below to create an admin user and install  CMS.

You will be prompted to create an admin email address and a password.

rails generate camaleon_cms:install

Create database structure

rake camaleon_cms:generate_migrations
# before running migrations you can customize copied migration files
rake db:migrate

Finally, run the commands below to start the server.

rails server

You should see Camaleon CMS’s home page.

Log on to the backend using the admin address and password.

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

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