Install Flint CMS on Ubuntu Linux

FlintCMS is a simple, fast content management system (CMS) built for those who want to fully design the front end of their website without the need to learn how to code or deal with complicated templates.

If you want to develop simple websites and blogs, FlintCMS is a great place to start.

Using FlintCMS to edit your content on the web should be easy and fun. No need to learn templating and HTML. It hides most of that stuff and focuses on what matters most.

For more about FlintCMS, check its homepage.

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

  • Ruby version 2.5.3
  • Node.js 8
  • MongoDB

Install Ruby

To install Ruby on Ubuntu, you’ll need to install some dependencies. 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 software-properties-common 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]

The steps above install Ruby on Ubuntu. Continue below to install FlintCMS.

Install Node.js

Now that the Ruby environment is set up run the commands below to install 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 FlintCMS.

Install MongoDB

MongoDB is the database that HashBrown CMS uses… So install MongoDB and ImageMagick before setting up your website projects…

sudo apt install mongodb
npm install nosql

After installing the MongoDB server, open a new terminal window and try. It should start an interactive mongo prompt.


ctrl+c to exit.

Install FlintCMS

Now that your environment is ready run the commands below to install FlintCMS globally and begin building your projects. The following command will create a new project folder, FlintCMS, in your home directory.

Please create a new folder for FlintCMS, change it, and start the server there.

mkdir ~/flintcms
cd ~/flintcms
npm install flintcms

After a while, necessary packages should be installed and configured, ready to use.

Every JavaScript app needs an entry point. You’ll want to create a new JavaScript file, probably index.js, at the root of your project and fill it with something like this:

nano index.js

Then copy and page the content into the file and save.

const Flint = require('flintcms');

const flintServer = new Flint({
  siteName: 'My Amazing Flint Site!'


You can run the server when ready by running node index.js in your terminal.

node index.js

That should start the server. By default, your newly created site will be accessible from:


Before you can access the FlintCMS admin UI, you need to create a new admin user. Head to http://localhost:4000/admin/install. Follow the setup instructions to create a new admin user.



Congratulation! You have successfully installed FlintCMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

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