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Deploy a Jitsi Meet server with Docker

Hi, folks. In this very short tutorial, I will show you how to deploy a Jitsi Meet server using Docker. This indicates that it will work for any system that has a Docker.

We’ve already talked about Jitsi Meet and told you that it’s a very interesting tool for making video calls. It’s shaping up as an open-source option to services like Google Hangouts or the very fashionable Zoom.

Jitsi Meet has features that make it almost a premium application as support for HD Audio, full encryption of communication, and more. However, one of the main advantages of Jitsi is that we can install it on our server and use it privately as in an organization.

As you will see the process is so simple that it is scary but of course thanks to Docker it is quite customizable and you can adapt it to your needs. As always, we recommend that you do so.

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So, let’s get to work.

Deploy Jitsi Meet with Docker

Install Docker on Linux

The first step is to install Docker and for that, we present you some tutorials in different Linux distributions.

And using your distribution’s package manager, you can install Docker Compose. For example:

:~$ sudo apt update
:~$ sudo apt install docker-compose

For Debian, Ubuntu, and derivatives.

:~$ sudo dnf install docker-compose

Or, for RHEL, CentOS and derivatives.

Once Docker and Docker compose are installed now is the Gits turn.

Install Git on Linux

To download the Docker Compose file offered by Jitsi, we need Git. We also have several tutorials about it and you can read them according to your Linux distribution.

Install Git on Debian 10
How to install Git on CentOS 8
Install Git on Windows?
Install Git on Ubuntu 18.04?

Now we can get started.

Jitsi Meet server with Docker

Now yes. Using Git we cloned Jitsi’s repository for Docker. These files already have a standard configuration for use by Docker Compose.

To do this, run the following command:

:~$ sudo git clone https://github.com/jitsi/docker-jitsi-meet.git /srv/jitsi
Cloning into '/srv/jitsi'…
remote: Enumerating objects: 3, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (3/3), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done.
remote: Total 1867 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 1864
Receiving objects: 100% (1867/1867), 751.65 KiB | 441.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (904/904), done.
1.- Cloning the Jitsi files
1.- Cloning the Jitsi files

As you can see in the command, we are indicating that the clone will be saved in /srv/jitsi

Now we copy the env.example file that is inside that folder and transform it into the configuration file.

:~$ sudo cp /srv/jitsi/env.example /srv/jitsi/.env

And now we proceed to edit it:

:~$ sudo nano /srv/jitsi/.env

This file is quite large so to find the parameters we have to modify it is recommended to use the key combination CTRL + W and write the search parameter.

Essentially we have to modify the following parameters:

HTTP_PORT=80
HTTPS_PORT=443
TZ=your-timezione
PUBLIC_URL="https://your-server-IP"
DOCKER_HOST_ADDRESS=your-server-IP
ENABLE_HTTP_REDIRECT=1

So,, if you are going to use Let’s Encrypt to secure the server, which should be obvious, then you have to modify these parameters as well:

ENABLE_LETSENCRYPT=1
LETSENCRYPT_DOMAIN=domain
[email protected]

And change:

PUBLIC_URL="https://your-server-IP"

By:

PUBLIC_URL="https://your-domain"

Finally, save the changes and close the file.

Access the folder where we have cloned all the files and start the installation:

:~$ cd /srv/jitsi/
:~$ sudo docker-compose up -d
2.- Deploy a Jitsi server with Docker
2.- Deploy a Jitsi server with Docker

Now open your web browser and go to https://your-domain or https://server-ip

3.- Jitsi Meet deployed
3.- Jitsi Meet deployed

This indicates that Jitsi Meet is ready to start work.

In my experience, it takes a server with good bandwidth and resources.

So, enjoy it. Do you see how easy it is to do?

Conclusion

Docker makes our lives much easier when it comes to deploying programs. In this case, we have shown you that doing it with Jitsi is quite simple and customizable.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi indeed great tutorial and great website btw with great tips. I wouldn’t be able to get it going. I’m still kind of a newbie in this.

    However i’m running in some issues. When running the docker I receive the a port 443 connection error.

    I found on different fora that is has to do with the apache server that connects to that port. So, I turned that temporarily off and ran it again, what worked.

    However, now suddenly, the jitsi server appeared on all my main domains which share the same ip address andnot only on the intended subdomain. I’m not sure how to overcome this.

    see the error that i got initially:

    [email protected] jitsi]# sudo docker-compose up -d
    jitsi_prosody_1 is up-to-date
    Recreating jitsi_web_1 …
    jitsi_jvb_1 is up-to-date
    Recreating jitsi_web_1 … error

    ERROR: for jitsi_web_1 Cannot start service web: driver failed programming external connectivity on endpoint jitsi_web_1 (6b2ba9445a6d98196……): Bind for 0.0.0.0:4443 failed: port is already allocated

    ERROR: for web Cannot start service web: driver failed programming external connectivity on endpoint jitsi_web_1 (525018a6d9819679c4c61….):Bind for 0.0.0.0:4443 failed: port is already allocated
    ERROR: Encountered errors while bringing up the project.
    [[email protected] jitsi]#

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