Ghost is a open source blogging platform written in JavaScript and distributed under the MIT License, designed to simplify the process of online publishing for individual bloggers as well as online publications.

The concept of the Ghost platform was first floated publicly in November 2012 in a blog post by project founder John O’Nolan, which generated enough response to justify coding a prototype version with collaborator Hannah Wolfe.


For this guide you should be familiar with the basic concepts of


We’re using Node.js in the stable version 10:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace tools version use node 10
Using 'Node.js' version: '10'
Selected node version 10
The new configuration is adapted immediately. Patch updates will be applied automatically.
[eliza@dolittle ~]$

You’ll need your MySQL credentials. Get them with my_print_defaults:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ my_print_defaults client
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Your blog URL needs to be setup:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace web domain list
[isabell@stardust ~]$


Install ghost-cli and knex-migrator

Use npm to install ghost-cli and knex-migrator globally:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ npm i -g ghost-cli knex-migrator
+ ghost-cli@1.9.1
+ knex-migrator@3.2.3
added 690 packages in 31.543s
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Install Ghost

Create a ghost directory in your home, cd to it and then run the installer. Since the installer expects to be run with root privileges, we need to adjust some settings:

  • --no-stack: Disables the system stack check during setup. Since we’re a shared hosting provider, the stack is maintained by us.
  • --no-setup-linux-user: Skips creating a linux user. You can’t do that without root privileges.
  • --no-setup-systemd: Skips creation of a systemd unit file. We’ll use supervisord later instead.
  • --no-setup-nginx: Skips webserver configuration. We’ll use a htaccess file for apache later instead.
  • --no-setup-mysql: Skips setup of MySQL. You can’t do that without root privileges.

You will need to enter the following information:

  • your blog URL: The URL for your blog. Since we don’t allow HTTP, use HTTPS. For example:
  • your MySQL hostname, username and password: the hostname is localhost and you should know your MySQL credentials by now. If you don’t, start reading again at the top.
  • your Ghost database name: we suggest you use a additional database. For example: isabell_ghost
  • Do you want to start Ghost?: Answer No.
[isabell@stardust ~]$ mkdir ~/ghost
[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd ~/ghost
[isabell@stardust ghost]$ ghost install --no-stack --no-setup-linux-user --no-setup-systemd --no-setup-nginx --no-setup-mysql
✔ Checking system Node.js version
✔ Checking current folder permissions
ℹ Checking operating system compatibility [skipped]
✔ Checking for a MySQL installation
✔ Checking for latest Ghost version
✔ Setting up install directory
✔ Downloading and installing Ghost v2.0.0
✔ Finishing install process
? Enter your blog URL:
? Enter your MySQL hostname: localhost
? Enter your MySQL username: isabell
? Enter your MySQL password: [hidden]
? Enter your Ghost database name: isabell_ghost
✔ Configuring Ghost
✔ Setting up instance
ℹ Setting up "ghost" mysql user [skipped]
ℹ Setting up Nginx [skipped]
Task ssl depends on the 'nginx' stage, which was skipped.
ℹ Setting up SSL [skipped]
ℹ Setting up Systemd [skipped]
✔ Running database migrations
? Do you want to start Ghost? No
[isabell@stardust ghost]$


Change network interface

You need to adjust your ~/ghost/config.production.json to use the right network interface. Find the following block and change host to

  "url": "",
  "server": {
    "port": 2368,
    "host": ""

Configure web server


Ghost is running on port 2368.

To make the application accessible from the outside, configure a web backend:

[isabell@stardust ~]$ uberspace web backend set / --http --port <port>
Set backend for / to port <port>; please make sure something is listening!
You can always check the status of your backend using "uberspace web backend list".
[isabell@stardust ~]$

Setup daemon

Create ~/etc/services.d/ghost.ini with the following content:

command=env NODE_ENV=production /bin/node current/index.js

Tell supervisord to refresh its configuration and start the service:

[isabell@stardust ghost]$ supervisorctl reread
ghost: available
[isabell@stardust ghost]$ supervisorctl update
ghost: added process group
[isabell@stardust ~]$ supervisorctl status
ghost                            RUNNING   pid 26020, uptime 0:03:14
[isabell@stardust ~]$

If it’s not in state RUNNING, check your configuration.

Finishing installation

Point your browser to your blog URL and create a user account.



Check the update feed regularly to stay informed about the newest version.

Download and unzip new version

Check Ghost’s releases for the latest version and copy the link to the .zip archive. In this example the version is 23.42.1, which of course does not exist. Change the version to the latest one in the highlighted lines.

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd ~/ghost/versions/
[isabell@stardust versions]$ wget
[isabell@stardust versions]$ unzip -d 23.42.1
[isabell@stardust versions]$

Install the required node modules

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd ~/ghost/versions/23.42.1/content
[isabell@stardust content]$ npm install --production
added 91 packages, removed 134 packages and updated 544 packages in 27.303s
[isabell@stardust content]$

Migrate your database

[isabell@stardust ~]$ cd ~/ghost
[isabell@stardust ~]$ NODE_ENV=production knex-migrator migrate --mgpath ./versions/23.42.1/
[2018-08-22 14:18:21] INFO Creating database backup
[2018-08-22 16:18:23] INFO Finished database migration!

Update via script

As an alternative to this manual process of updating Ghost to a new version you can also use the following script:

#set -v
# created by
PACKAGE_VERSION_OLD=$(sed -nE 's/^\s*"version": "(.*?)",$/\1/p' $GHOSTDIR/current/package.json)
CURRENT_GHOST=$(curl -s | grep tag_name | head -n 1 | cut -d '"' -f 4)
CURRENT_GHOST_DOWNLOAD=$(curl -s | grep browser_download_url | cut -d '"' -f 4)
echo "installed version: $PACKAGE_VERSION_OLD"
echo "available version: $CURRENT_GHOST"
  read -r -p "Do you want to update Ghost $PACKAGE_VERSION_OLD to version $CURRENT_GHOST? [Y/n] " response
  if [[ $response =~ ^([yY]|"")$ ]]
    echo "downloading and unpacking ghost $CURRENT_GHOST ..."
    cd $GHOSTDIR/versions/
    echo "Updating ghost ..."
    cd $GHOSTDIR/versions/$CURRENT_GHOST
    npm install --production
    echo "Migrating ghost database ..."
    cd $GHOSTDIR
    NODE_ENV=production knex-migrator migrate --mgpath $GHOSTDIR/versions/$CURRENT_GHOST
    ln -sfn $GHOSTDIR/versions/$CURRENT_GHOST $GHOSTDIR/current
    PACKAGE_VERSION=$(sed -nE 's/^\s*"version": "(.*?)",$/\1/p' $GHOSTDIR/current/package.json)
    echo "Ghost $PACKAGE_VERSION_OLD has been updated to version $PACKAGE_VERSION"
    echo "Restarting Ghost. This may take a few seconds ..."
    supervisorctl restart ghost
    supervisorctl status
    echo "If something seems wrong, please check the logs: 'supervisorctl tail ghost'"
    echo "To revert to version $PACKAGE_VERSION_OLD run the following command: 'ln -sfn $GHOSTDIR/versions/$PACKAGE_VERSION_OLD $GHOSTDIR/current' and restart ghost using 'supervisorctl restart ghost'."
  echo "-> Ghost is already up-to-date, no update needed."

Tested with Ghost 2.15.0, Uberspace 7.2.4

Written by: nichtmax <>, Peleke <>