Install Mattermost on CentOS 8 - A step by step guide ?

Mattermost is an open-source, private cloud Slack alternative. A workplace messaging system for web, PCs, and phones, released under the MIT license. As an alternative to proprietary SaaS messaging, Mattermost brings all your team communication into one place, making it searchable and accessible anywhere. Mattermost is "Slack-compatible, not Slack-limited", supporting a superset of Slack's incoming and outgoing webhook integrations, including compatibility with existing Slack integrations. From your existing Slack teams, you can import users, public channel history, and even theme setting colors into Mattermost.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux system Software Installation queries.

In this context, we shall look into how to install Mattermost on CentOS 8.

Steps to install and configure Mattermost on CentOS 8 ?

1. Perform System Update

First, let's start by ensuring your system is up-to-date:

$ sudo dnf clean all
$ sudo dnf install epel-release
$ sudo dnf update

2. Install Database Server

Run the following command to install MariaDB:

$ sudo dnf install mariadb-server

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

$ mysql_secure_installation
Enter current password for root (enter for none):
OK, successfully used password, moving on...
Set root password? [Y/n] y
New password:
Re-enter new password:
Password updated successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
 ... Success!
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
 - Dropping test database...
 ... Success!
 - Removing privileges on test database...
 ... Success!
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!
Cleaning up...
Thanks for using MariaDB!

Then, restart the MariaDB database server and enable it to start on system start-up using:

$ sudo systemctl restart mariadb
$ sudo systemctl status mariadb
$ sudo systemctl enable mariadb

After database installation, login to MariaDB shell and create database and user for Mattermost:

$ mysql -u root -p
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON mattermost.* TO mattermost@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'Your-Strong-Passwd';

3. Install Mattermost on the system 

First, you will need to create a separate user to run Mattermost. You can create it with the following command:

$ sudo useradd -d /opt/mattermost -U -M mattermost

Next, download the latest version of the Mattermost :

$ wget

Unpack the Mattermost archive to the document root directory on your server:

$ tar xf *.gz
$ mv mattermost /opt/

Create the storage directory for files:

$ mkdir /opt/mattermost/data

Also, set the ownership and permissions:

$ sudo chown -R mattermost:mattermost /opt/mattermost
$ sudo chmod -R g+w /opt/mattermost

Next, we'll have to set up the database driver in the file /opt/mattermost/config/config.json by making some changes to its contents. Search for "DriverName" and "DataSource" lines and change as follows:

$ nano /opt/mattermost/config/config.json
"SqlSettings": {
        "DriverName": "mysql",
        "DataSource": "mattermost:Str0ngP@ss@tcp(localhost:3306)/mattermost?charset=utf8mb4,utf8\u0026readTimeout=30s\u0026writeTimeout=30s",
        "DataSourceReplicas": [],
        "DataSourceSearchReplicas": [],
        "MaxIdleConns": 20,
        "ConnMaxLifetimeMilliseconds": 3600000,
        "MaxOpenConns": 300,
        "Trace": false,
        "AtRestEncryptKey": "myyti1r597i99qrk7eu91ywqhaawz4md",
        "QueryTimeout": 30

Save and close the file. Then, change the directory to /opt/mattermost and start the Mattermost server with the following command:

$ cd /opt/mattermost
$ sudo -u mattermost ./bin/mattermost

4. Configure Mattermost Systemd Service

First, we'll create a new systemd unit file using the following command:

$ nano /etc/systemd/system/mattermost.service
Description=Mattermost mariadb.service

Next, start the Mattermost service and enable it to start after system reboot with the following command:

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
$ sudo systemctl start mattermost.service
$ sudo systemctl enable mattermost.service

Verify that Mattermost is running and listening on port 8065. You can check it with the following command:

$ curl http://localhost:8065

5. Configure Nginx with Mattermost

Install and configure Nginx as a reverse proxy for better performance and security. Now we install Nginx on the CentOS system:

$ sudo dnf install nginx

After installing the Nginx web server, start the Nginx service and enable it to start after system reboot with the following command:

$ sudo systemctl start nginx
$ sudo systemctl enable nginx

Then, configure the Nginx web server as a proxy for Mattermost:

$ sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/mattermost.conf
upstream backend {
   keepalive 32;
proxy_cache_path /var/cache/nginx levels=1:2 keys_zone=mattermost_cache:10m max_size=3g inactive=120m use_temp_path=off;
server {
   listen 80;
   location ~ /api/v[0-9]+/(users/)?websocket$ {
       proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
       proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
       client_max_body_size 50M;
       proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
       proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
       proxy_set_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN;
       proxy_buffers 256 16k;
       proxy_buffer_size 16k;
       client_body_timeout 60;
       send_timeout 300;
       lingering_timeout 5;
       proxy_connect_timeout 90;
       proxy_send_timeout 300;
       proxy_read_timeout 90s;
       proxy_pass http://backend;
   location / {
       client_max_body_size 50M;
       proxy_set_header Connection "";
       proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
       proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
       proxy_set_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN;
       proxy_buffers 256 16k;
       proxy_buffer_size 16k;
       proxy_read_timeout 600s;
       proxy_cache mattermost_cache;
       proxy_cache_revalidate on;
       proxy_cache_min_uses 2;
       proxy_cache_use_stale timeout;
       proxy_cache_lock on;
       proxy_http_version 1.1;
       proxy_pass http://backend;

Finally, restart the Nginx service to apply the changes:

$ nginx -t
$ sudo systemctl restart nginx

6. Configure Firewall

Allow firewall access on HTTP and HTTPS ports:

$ sudo firewall-cmd --add-service={http,https} --permanent
$ sudo firewall-cmd --reload

How to Access Mattermost Web Interface ?

Mattermost will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. 

Open your favorite browser and navigate to and continue to configure Mattermost by entering an email address and creating an account.

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This article covers the process of installing Mattermost on CentOS 8 system. In fact, Mattermost is an open source, self-hosted team chat and collaboration software.

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