Deploying Seafile with SQLite¶
Download binary package¶
Visit our download page, download the latest server package.
Choose one of: - Generic Linux - Server for Raspberry Pi
Click the tarball link and save it.
Deploying and Directory Layout¶
NOTE: If you place the Seafile data directory in external storage, such as NFS, CIFS mount, you should not use SQLite as the database, but use MySQL instead.
Supposed you've downloaded seafile-server_8.0.* into your home directory. We suggest you to use the following layout for your deployment:
mkdir /opt/seafile mv seafile-server_8.0.* /opt/seafile cd /opt/seafile tar -xzf seafile-server_8.0.*
Now you should have the following directory layout
root@5575983a9804:/opt/seafile# tree . -L 2 . |-- seafile-server-8.0.* | |-- check_init_admin.py | |-- reset-admin.sh | |-- runtime | |-- seaf-fsck.sh | |-- seaf-fuse.sh | |-- seaf-gc.sh | |-- seafile | |-- seafile.sh | |-- seahub | |-- seahub.sh | |-- setup-seafile-mysql.py | |-- setup-seafile-mysql.sh | |-- setup-seafile.sh | |-- sql | `-- upgrade `-- seafile-server_8.0.*_x86-64.tar.gz
Benefits of this layout are
- We can place all the config files for Seafile server inside "/opt/seafile/conf" directory, making it easier to manage.
- When you upgrade to a new version of Seafile, you can simply untar the latest package into "/opt/seafile" directory. In this way you can reuse the existing config files in "/opt/seafile/conf" directory and don't need to configure again.
Setting Up Seafile Server¶
The Seafile server package requires the following packages have been installed in your system
# on Ubuntu 20.04 server apt-get install -y python3 python3-setuptools python3-pip memcached libmemcached-dev pwgen sqlite3 pip3 install --timeout=3600 django==2.2.* future Pillow pylibmc captcha jinja2 psd-tools django-pylibmc django-simple-captcha pycryptodome==3.12.0 cffi==1.14.0
# on CentOS 8 server yum install epel-release -y yum install python3 python3-setuptools python3-pip memcached libmemcached libffi-devel pwgen curl python3-devel gcc gcc-c++ sqlite -y pip3 install --timeout=3600 django==2.2.* future Pillow pylibmc jinja2 psd-tools django-pylibmc django-simple-captcha captcha pycryptodome==3.12.0 cffi==1.14.0 lxml
cd /opt/seafile/seafile-server-8.0.* ./setup-seafile.sh #run the setup script & answer prompted questions
If some of the prerequisites are not installed, the Seafile initialization script will ask you to install them.
The script will guide you through the settings of various configuration options.
Seafile configuration options
|server name||Name of this Seafile server||3-15 characters, only English letters, digits and underscore ('_') are allowed|
|server ip or domain||The IP address or domain name used by this server||Seafile client program will access the server with this address|
|Seafile data dir||Seafile stores your data in this directory. By default it'll be placed in the current directory.||The size of this directory will increase as you put more and more data into Seafile. Please select a disk partition with enough free space.|
|fileserver port||The TCP port used by Seafile fileserver||Default is 8082. If it's been used by other service, you can set it to another port.|
Now you should have the following directory layout:
root@5575983a9804:/opt/seafile# tree . -L 2 . |-- ccnet | |-- GroupMgr | |-- OrgMgr | |-- PeerMgr | `-- misc |-- conf | |-- __pycache__ | |-- ccnet.conf | |-- gunicorn.conf.py | |-- seafdav.conf | |-- seafile.conf | `-- seahub_settings.py |-- logs | |-- controller.log | |-- seafile.log | `-- seahub.log |-- pids | |-- seaf-server.pid | `-- seahub.pid |-- seafile-data | |-- httptemp | |-- library-template | |-- seafile.db | |-- storage | `-- tmpfiles |-- seafile-server-8.0.5 | |-- check_init_admin.py | |-- reset-admin.sh | |-- runtime | |-- seaf-fsck.sh | |-- seaf-fuse.sh | |-- seaf-gc.sh | |-- seafile | |-- seafile.sh | |-- seahub | |-- seahub.sh | |-- setup-seafile-mysql.py | |-- setup-seafile-mysql.sh | |-- setup-seafile.sh | |-- sql | `-- upgrade |-- seafile-server-latest -> seafile-server-8.0.5 |-- seafile-server_8.0.5_x86-64.tar.gz |-- seahub-data | `-- avatars `-- seahub.db
The folder seafile-server-latest is a symbolic link to the current Seafile server folder. When later you upgrade to a new version, the upgrade scripts would update this link to keep it always point to the latest Seafile server folder.
Running Seafile Server¶
Since Seafile uses persistent connections between client and server, you should increase Linux file descriptors by ulimit if you have a large number of clients before start Seafile, like:
ulimit -n 30000
Starting Seafile Server and Seahub Website¶
- Start Seafile:
./seafile.sh start # Start Seafile service
- Start Seahub:
./seahub.sh start <port> # Start Seahub website, port defaults to 8000
Note: The first time you start Seahub, the script is going to prompt you to create an admin account for your Seafile server.
After starting the services, you may open a web browser and type in
you will be redirected to the Login page. Just enter the admin username and password.
Congratulations! Now you have successfully setup your private Seafile server.
Run Seahub on another port¶
You can assign the port of Seahub by setting the
- stop the Seafile server
./seahub.sh stop ./seafile.sh stop
- modify the value of SERVICE_URL in the file ccnet.conf (or seahub_settings.py if you use 9.0.0+ version), like this: (assume your ip or domain is 192.168.1.100). You can also modify SERVICE_URL via web UI in "System Admin->Settings". (Warning: if you set the value both via Web UI and ccnet.conf, the setting via Web UI will take precedence.)
SERVICE_URL = http://192.168.1.100:8001
- modify the conf/gunicorn.conf
# default localhost:8000 bind = "0.0.0.0:8001"
- restart Seafile server
./seafile.sh start ./seahub.sh start
See Seafile Server Configuration Manual for more details about
Manage Seafile and Seahub¶
./seahub.sh stop # stop seahub website ./seafile.sh stop # stop seafile processes
./seafile.sh restart ./seahub.sh restart
When the Scripts Fail¶
Most of the time,
seahub.sh work fine. But if they fail, you might want to
- Use pgrep command to check if Seafile/Seahub processes are still running
pgrep -f seafile-controller # check Seafile processes pgrep -f "seahub" # check Seahub process
- Use pkill to kill the processes
pkill -f seafile-controller pkill -f "seahub"
For a production server we highly recommend to setup with Nginx/Apache and enable SSL/TLS.
That's it! Now you might want read more about Seafile. - Administration