Install MEAN.JS stack in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

About MEAN.JS

MEAN.JS is an Open-Source, full-Stack JavaScript solution for building fast, and robust web applications.

MEAN.JS  stack consists of the following:

  • MongoDB – NoSQL database.
  • Express – NodeJS server-side application web framework.
  • AngularJS – Client-side web application framework.
  • Node.js – JavaScript run-time, popular for being a web server platform.

In this tutorial, we will be discussing how to install MEAN.JS stack in Ubuntu. This guide was tested in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server.

Install MongoDB

MongoDB is available in default repositories. However, it might be old version. So, we add MongoDB official repository to get latest version of MongoDB.

Import MongoDB repository GPG key using command:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv EA312927

Add MongoDB repository using command:

echo "deb http://repo.mongodb.org/apt/ubuntu trusty/mongodb-org/3.2 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.2.list

Update the software repository lists:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install MongoDB with required prerequisites in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the following command:

sudo apt-get install mongodb-org build-essential git libssl-dev openssl pkg-config

You can check whether MongoDB service is running or not using command:

sudo service mongod status

Sample output:

mongod start/running, process 8698

Now, let us install Node.js,

Install Node.js

Node.js is available in default repositories. However, in-order to get latest version, we need to add Node.js official repository.

To add Node.js repository, run:

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_5.x | sudo -E bash -

Then, install Node.js using command:

sudo apt-get install nodejs

The above command will install nodejs and npm. You don’t need to install npm separately. Npm or Node.js package manager is used to install additional packages required for installing MEAN stack.

To check the Node.js version run the following command:

node -v

Sample output:

v5.9.1

After installing, MongoDB, and Node.js, we need to install the other required components such as Bower, Frunt, and Gulp for MEAN.js stack.

Install Bower package manager

Bower is a package manager used by MEAN.JS stack to manage front-end packages.

To install Bower, run the following command:

sudo npm install -g bower

Sample output:

/usr/bin/bower -> /usr/lib/node_modules/bower/bin/bower
/usr/lib
`-- bower@1.7.7

Install Grunt Task Runner

Grunt Task Runner is used to to automate the development process.

To install Grunt, run:

sudo npm install -g grunt-cli

Sample output:

/usr/bin/grunt -> /usr/lib/node_modules/grunt-cli/bin/grunt
/usr/lib
`-- grunt-cli@1.1.0 
 +-- findup-sync@0.3.0 
 | `-- glob@5.0.15 
 | +-- inflight@1.0.4 
 | | `-- wrappy@1.0.1 
 | +-- inherits@2.0.1 
 | +-- minimatch@3.0.0 
 | | `-- brace-expansion@1.1.3 
 | | +-- balanced-match@0.3.0 
 | | `-- concat-map@0.0.1 
 | +-- once@1.3.3 
 | `-- path-is-absolute@1.0.0 
 +-- nopt@3.0.6 
 | `-- abbrev@1.0.7 
 `-- resolve@1.1.7

Install Gulp Task Runner (Optional)

This is optional. You can use Gulp instead of Grunt. To install Gulp Task Runner, run the following command:

sudo npm install -g gulp

We have installed all required prerequisites. Now, let us deploy MEAN.JS stack.

Download and Install MEAN.JS Stack

Git clone the MEAN.JS repository with command:

git clone https://github.com/meanjs/mean.git meanjs

Sample output:

Cloning into 'meanjs'...
remote: Counting objects: 8596, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (12/12), done.
remote: Total 8596 (delta 3), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 8584
Receiving objects: 100% (8596/8596), 2.62 MiB | 140.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (4322/4322), done.
Checking connectivity... done.

The above command will clone the latest version of the MEAN.JS repository to a meanjs folder.

Go to the meanjs folder:

cd meanjs/

Run the following command to install the Node.js dependencies required for testing and running our application.

sudo npm install

This will take some time. Please be patient.

Once all dependencies are installed, run the following command to install all the front-end modules needed for the application.

sudo bower --allow-root --config.interactive=false install

Test MEAN.JS

MEAN.JS stack has been installed. We can now able to start a sample application using Grunt task runner. To do so, run the following command:

grunt

In case it didn’t work, use –force flag.

grunt --force

After a few seconds, you will see a message like below. This means MEAN.JS stack is working.

[...]
[nodemon] starting `node --debug server.js`
 Debugger listening on port 5858

 --
 MEAN.JS - Development Environment

 Environment: development
 Server: http://0.0.0.0:3000
 Database: mongodb://localhost/mean-dev
 App version: 0.5.0-beta
 MEAN.JS version: 0.5.0-beta
[...]

sk@sk: ~_002

To verify, open up the browser and navigate to http://localhost:3000 or http://IP-Address:3000/. You should see a screen something like below.

MEAN stack test page

Congratulations! MEAN.JS stack is ready to start building web applications.

For further details, I recommend you to refer MEAN.JS stack official documentation.

Want to setup MEAN.JS stack in CentOS, RHEL, Scientific Linux, and Fedora? That’s easy! Check the following link for more details.

Install MEAN.JS Stack in CentOS 7

That’s all for now folks. Hope this tutorial will help you to setup MEAN.JS stack.

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  • Kosy Anyanwu

    Nice tutorial.
    Although, there is a little mistake on how you can check if MongoDB service is running. It is supposed to be this command:
    sudo service mongod status
    And not “sudo service mongodb status” which gives this error “mongodb: unrecognized service”

    • SK

      Thanks. Corrected now.

      • tomas Franquelis Ramirez

        Hi Sk, You posted a article about otrs 2 yeard ago, i trying to install it, evruthing was ok, but i cant send email to y client from otrs, can you help

        • SK

          I deleted that setup long time ago. I am so sorry. I will check again and update the tutorial. Meanwhile, please search on Google and OTRS forums for any help. Thanks.