How to host Akaunting on AWS Lightsail VM Instance - ServerAvatar

Published : Aug 14, 2023

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AWS Lightsail

AWS Lightsail is a simplified and cost-effective way to launch and manage virtual private servers (VPS) in the cloud. It provides a user-friendly interface for deploying and scaling VPS instances with pre-configured options for operating systems, applications, and storage. Additionally, it offers a predictable pricing model that includes a flat monthly fee based on the instance size and data transfer limits.

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Akaunting

Akaunting is an open-source project with contributors from all over the world. We're disrupting the closed-source dominated market and introducing the power of open-source to the accounting world. Akaunting is hosted on GitHub and open for everyone to contribute

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Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail

To create a server in AWS Lightsail, First log in to the AWS Lightsail console. Once you are there, Follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Go to the Instance Creation Form

To access the instance creation form, Go to the AWS Lightsail dashboard and click on the orange button with the Create Instance text. See the following image for reference.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 1

Step 2: Select the Location of your Instance

First of all, You have to select the location for your instance. It is always better to select a location closest to your major traffic source. It will decrease the latency for the majority of your website visitors.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 2

If you want to change the location of your server, You can simply update the current region in your AWS account.

Step 3: Select the OS for your Instance

After selecting the location, Select the operating system for your instance. In this case, First, click on OS Only and then select Ubuntu 20.04 as an operating system just like the following image.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 3

Step 4: Select SSH Key and Launch Script (Optional/Advanced)

This is an optional step. Here you can set the Launch script and the main SSH key for your server. If you don't understand the launch script and SSH keys, Just ignore this step.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 4

Step 5: Select the Plan

In this step, select the size of your VM instance. AWS Lightsail provides lots of different options when it comes to plans and pricing. The plan and pricing selection completely depend on the requirements of your site(s). So, select the plan based on the complexity and traffic of your sites.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 5

Step 6: Verify and Create the Instance

Finally, Enter the name of your instance, the number of instances you want to create and assign the tags accordingly for identification. Once done, click on the Create Instance button to start the instance creation process.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 6

It might take a few minutes to deploy the instance. Once done, follow the below-given step to update the firewall rules for the VM instance.

Step 7: Update Firewall Rules

ServerAvatar requires 43210 port open. In total, You need to keep the following ports open on the instance.

  • 22 (SSH): To access your server via SSH.
  • 80 (HTTP): To access your sites on HTTP.
  • 443 (HTTPS): To access your sites on HTTPS.
  • 43210 (ServerAvatar): To allow communication between ServerAvatar and your instance.

To update the firewall rules for a specific instance, Go to the AWS Lightsail dashboard and click on the name of the instance you want to update. Then go to the Networking section and add the missing firewall rules. After updating the firewall rules, the networking section of your Instance should look like the following image.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 7

Initial Server Configuration

The Initial server configuration includes the installation and configuration of various packages required to host your website. Usually, You have to write commands and modify configuration files. Luckily, With ServerAvatar, Your full server configuration and optimization can be automated.

Here are the three ways to automatically configure your server with ServerAvatar.

Install and Setup akaunting on cloud using ServerAvatar

Step 1. Create Database

Access the Database tab on the ServerAvatar server panel to create a MySQL Database.

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Enter the credentials including Database name, Username, and Password and click on the Create Database button.

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Step 2. Create a php application

Access the Applications tab from the server panel to create a new PHP application.

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Click the Create button and fill up the required information, including the Application Name, Domain Name, and Advanced Options for more PHP settings.

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Note that:

If you want to host Akaunting on your domain, then make sure to point your domain to the current IP address of your server, and for that:

  1. Log in to your domain provider site, where you buy your domain. Click here for more info about your domain name.
  2. Access DNS Manager to edit your DNS records(contact the support team if you don’t find them)
  3. Change the IP address of A Record of your website to the current server’s IP address. To host Akaunting on your subdomain, for example, Akaunting.yourdomain.com, create a new application with the subdomain as your primary domain and follow the same procedure. For accessing Akaunting on the subdomain, you need to add your subdomain on A Record that points to the current IP address of your server. To point to an IPV6 address, you would need to use an AAAA record.

Proceeds to next by clicking on the Next step.

Now select method and service provider Git and GitHub, respectively (follow according to Snapshot).

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Enter the required information as given below:
Repository Type: Public.
Deployment Key: generate new key by clicking on the Generate Key link.
Clone HTTPS URL: https://github.com/akaunting/akaunting.git
Branch: master
Deployment script:

composer install;
php artisan install --db-name="akaunting" --db-username="root" --db-password="pass" --admin-email="admin@company.com" --admin-password="123456";
composer dump-autoload;
php artisan sample-data:seed;

Enter db-name, db-username, db-password according to the database we have created you check your database credential in databases. Admin email and admin password is your login credential when it is deployed on server so you can set it any but remember it.

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Move further by clicking on the Next Step.

Create a System User or choose a system user from an existing One.

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Then choose PHP version 8.1 or above and leave Custom Webroot field as it is.

After filling up all the details. click the Next Step button.

Step 3. Install and Run npm

Access SSH credentials from the dashboard of the application panel.

Make sure that in your server, Node js is installed. If it is not, then go to the Server Panel > Settings. Click on install Node js.

Login using the SSH credentials using below command. Make sure to Replace the Username and Host with your actual credentials.

npm install;
npm run dev;

Now, the Akaunting software is successfully installed. You can go to the user interface by visiting the URL of your domain.

Tip:- It will run on HTTP, but to run it on HTTPs ServerAvatar provides a one-click solution to switch to HTTPs for that, go to the SSL Certificate in the application panel and click on force HTTP to HTTPs.