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Installing Mastodon from source on Ubuntu 18.04

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Mastodon is a free, open-source social network server based on ActivityPub where users can follow friends and discover new ones. On Mastodon, users can publish anything they want: links, pictures, text, video.

All Mastodon servers are interoperable as a federated network (users on one server can seamlessly communicate with users from another one, including non-Mastodon software that implements ActivityPub)!

Pre-requisites

  • A machine running Ubuntu 18.04 that you have root access to
  • A domain name (or a subdomain) for the Mastodon server, e.g. example.com
  • An e-mail delivery service or other SMTP server

Features

No vendor lock-in: Fully interoperable with any conforming platform

It doesn’t have to be Mastodon; whatever implements ActivityPub is part of the social network! Learn more

Real-time, chronological timeline updates

Updates of people you’re following appear in real-time in the UI via WebSockets. There’s a firehose view as well!

Media attachments like images and short videos

Upload and view images and WebM/MP4 videos attached to the updates. Videos with no audio track are treated like GIFs; normal videos loop continuously!

Safety and moderation tools

Mastodon includes private posts, locked accounts, phrase filtering, muting, blocking and all sorts of other features, along with a reporting and moderation system. Learn more

OAuth2 and a straightforward REST API

Mastodon acts as an OAuth2 provider, so 3rd party apps can use the REST and Streaming APIs. This results in a rich app ecosystem with a lot of choices!

More info: Github, JoinMastodon

Preparing your machine

1
Update system packages
1 min
To get started let's make sure we have the latest packages and updates.
2
System repositories
5 min
3
Installing Ruby
10 min

Setup

1
Setting up PostgreSQL
2 min
2
Setting up Mastodon
10 min
3
Setting up nginx
3 min
4
Setting up systemd services
2 min
Yes. It's 100% free open source software.
You can compare the Mastodon web interface with Twitter. It has posts called toots that are mostly 500 characters max.
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