Deploying Meteor applications on Linux VPS

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In this tutorial, we will explain you to Deploying Meteor applications on Linux.


Meteor, or MeteorJS

is a free and open-source isomorphic JavaScript web framework written using Node.js. Meteor allows for rapid prototyping and produces cross-platform (Android, iOS, Web) code.


It integrates with MongoDB and uses the Distributed Data Protocol and a publish-subscribe pattern to automatically propagate data changes to clients without requiring the developer to write any synchronization code. On the client, Meteor can be used with its own Blaze templating engine, as well as with the Angular framework or React library.


First, install MongoDB

apt-get install mongodb-server

After, installing Node.js


apt-get update

apt-get install nodejs

Now install g++ make

apt-get install g++ make

Now configure web server for Meteor

meteor build /path/to/output/directory

After you run this command in that folder will generate one tar.gz file. So you need to unpack it by running these commands one by one:

scp /path/to/output/appname.tar.gz [email protected].net:/path/to/upload/location

ssh [email protected].net

cd /path/to/upload/location

tar -zxf appname.tar.gz

Now install Install Meteor’s dependencies

cd /path/to/unpacked/bundle/programs/server

npm install

To finish it, run Meteor

PORT=3000 MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/myappname node main.js

You have successfully deployed Meteor.

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Meteor is an open-source platform for building web and mobile applications in JavaScript. It provides a full-stack solution that includes a front-end framework, a back-end runtime environment, and a database layer.

Deploying your Meteor application on a Linux VPS provides you with greater control and flexibility over your hosting environment, as well as potentially significant cost savings compared to managed hosting services. It also allows you to customize your server to meet the specific needs of your application.

To deploy a Meteor application on a Linux VPS, you will need to have a VPS with root access, a Linux operating system (such as Ubuntu or CentOS), and a web server (such as Nginx or Apache) installed.

The process for deploying a Meteor application on a Linux VPS typically involves the following steps:

  1. Install Node.js and npm on your VPS.
  2. Install MongoDB on your VPS or use a cloud-based MongoDB service.
  3. Install the Meteor tool on your VPS.
  4. Create a new Meteor project on your VPS or copy an existing project.
  5. Build the Meteor application using the “meteor build” command.
  6. Configure your web server to serve the built application files.
  7. Start the Meteor application using the “node” command.

To ensure the security of your Meteor application on a Linux VPS, you should follow best practices for server hardening, such as disabling root login, using SSH key authentication, and limiting access to specific IP addresses. You should also keep your VPS and web server up to date with security patches, use SSL encryption for all communication, and implement a firewall to block unauthorized traffic.

To optimize the performance of your Meteor application on a Linux VPS, you should consider using a reverse proxy (such as Nginx) to cache static assets and serve them directly, using a content delivery network (CDN) to serve large files, and using a load balancer to distribute traffic across multiple servers. You should also monitor your server and application performance using tools such as Munin or New Relic and optimize your database queries and application code as needed.

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