How to Install PencilBlue CMS on Ubuntu Liux

PencilBlue CMS is an open-source, business-class content management for Node.js that helps you build simple, clean, beautiful, and design-driven websites with many impressive features. It brings joy and productivity to web developers and content editors.

PencilBlue CMS is used for many kinds of websites, from small nonprofits to large enterprises. It has full blogging capabilities, out-of-the-box, relational data creation, management through the admin interface, and many more.

For more about PencilBlue CMS, check its homepage.

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

  • Ruby version 2.5.3
  • MongoDB

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 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. Visit this site to find out 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]

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 PencilBlue CMS.

Install MongoDB

MongoDB is the database that PencilBlue CMS uses. So install MongoDB and ImageMagick before continuing with 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 PencilBlue CMS

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

npm install imagemagick
npm install gm

After installing all the above, go and clone the PencilBlue CMS git package from the GitHub site below.

The commands below clone the git package. Next, change it into the folder and install it.

git clone
cd ~/pencilblue

Then run the commands to install PencilBlue CMS and configure the server. Next, add an admin user to the admin group; prompts for a password.

npm install
node pencilblue

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

Now open your browser and browse to the hostname followed by port # 8080


You should see the PencilBlue CMS setup page. Create an admin account and complete the setup.PencilBlue Ubuntu install Now you can start building your great content!

You can log in to the backend using the link.

PencilBlue Ubuntu install

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

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