Wiki.js installation on the Runcloud server


  • Ubuntu 22.04 managed by Runcloud
  • Node.js 20
  • Wiki.js 2.5.303

Step 1: SSH to the server and Install GPG keys and prerequisite packages.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y ca-certificates curl gnupg
sudo mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings
curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/nodesource.gpg

Step 2: Create Debian Repo

Specify the version that you want to install.

echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/nodesource.gpg] nodistro main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.lis

Step 3: Install NodeJS

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs -y
node -v

Once the installation is complete, you should be able to start using NodeJs right away without any need to restart your server.

Step 4: Deploying a Node App on RunCloud

Deploy an empty web application on your RunCloud server. Give it a descriptive name and specify the user account, domain name, and backup configuration.

On “Web Application Stack” make sure to select “Native Nginx + Custom config”

Step 5: On the Runcloud dashboard, create a database on your server and assign it to your webapp. Take note the db name, user and password.

Step 6: On the Web Application go to NGINX Config and add “Prox – Effortlessly turn NGINX as a proxy server” then paste this config.

location / {
proxy_pass http://localhost:3000/;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host $host;
proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;


Step 7: Go to your web app folder. Make sure that you are using the “runcloud” user before execute this commands.

Ex: /home/runcloud/webapps/webappnodejs

Step 8: Download the latest version of Wiki.js and extract the package

tar xzf wiki-js.tar.gz

Step 8: Rename the sample config file to config.yml

mv config.sample.yml config.yml

Step 9: Configure the database

nano config.yml

Change this following lines with the credentials from Step 5.

  type: mariadb

  # PostgreSQL / MySQL / MariaDB / MS SQL Server only:
  host: localhost
  port: 3306
  user: <database username>
  pass: <database password>
  db: <database name>

Step 10: Run as service

There are several solutions to run Wiki.js as a background service. We’ll focus on systemd in this guide as it’s available in nearly all linux distributions.

Create a new file named wiki.service inside directory /etc/systemd/system

nano /etc/systemd/system/wiki.service

Paste the following contents (assuming your wiki is installed at /home/runcloud/webapps/webappnodejs):


ExecStart=/usr/bin/node server
# Consider creating a dedicated user for Wiki.js here:


Save the service file (CTRL+X, followed by Y).

Reload systemd

systemctl daemon-reload

Run the service:

systemctl start wiki

Enable the service on system boot.

systemctl enable wiki


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