Set up Ubuntu for evaluating Aether and Gather

This guide will take you through the steps required to get your Ubuntu system ready to evaluate and use Gather and Aether in a Non Production environment. This is the same configuration that our internal developers use. It uses Docker images to host the processes within a self contained virtual environment. When that environment is deleted, all data will be lost.

System requirements:

  • 64-bit, Intel based computer with at least 8GB RAM
  • Internet connection
  • Ubuntu version 16.x or newer
  • Both server and client browser are running on the same machine
  • You are authorized and have the password to sudo as root

These instructions have been tested with Version 16.04

Overview of the setup process

Detailed Steps

In order to interact with the services via browser, the following ports must be available:

  • 80 - for the Aether and Gather UI
  • 8000 - for experimenting with the Aether REST API
  • 8443 - for ODK Collect to connect to the server
  • 5000 - for interacting with the CKAN Portal

Ubuntu Available PortsVerify Available Ports - At the shell command line, run the lsof command below and verify that the above ports are not in use. The screenshot shows what an in use port looks like. You must exit the process that is using any of the above ports.

sudo lsof -nPiTCP -sTCP:LISTEN

Ubuntu VersionsVerify Docker, Docker Compose and Git versions - These tools need to be installed in order to install and run the Gather and Aether services. Execute the following commands, verify the versions and go to the corresponding section for install instructions.

Docker version 18.x or newer Docker Compose version 1.20.x or newer and git version 2.7.x or newer

docker --version

docker-compose --version

git --version

AWS EC2 APT UpdateInstall Docker Step 1 - Update the apt package index and verify that the necessary tools are installed on the system. Add Docker’s official GPG key and setup the latest stable Docker repository. Finally, update the package index again for Docker. If you want more information about what you are installing, see the Docker install pages on the Docker web site.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common

curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | sudo apt-key add -

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) stable"

sudo apt-get update

AWS EC2 DockerInstall Docker Step 2- Execute the apt-get command below and answer Y when prompted to continue.

By default, the docker install does not add any users to the docker group. This requires you to prepend all docker commands with sudo in order to have permission to execute them. You can optionally run the usermod command below to add the current user to the docker group and not have to use sudo. For more information about the security implications of this, see Manage Docker as a non-root user.

sudo apt-get install docker-ce

sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

After the usermod command, you will have to exit and then re-login to your instance.

AWS EC2 Docker ComposeInstall Docker Compose - Get latest Docker Compose. At the time of this writing, the latest version was 1.22.0. Over time, you may want to check the latest version and change 1.22.0 to that version. After installing Docker Compose, verify that both it and Docker works.

sudo curl -L https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.22.0/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m) -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

docker-compose --version

docker run hello-world

If you had a permission error running Docker’s “Hello World” then you didn’t run the usermod statement from above or you didn’t exit and log back in. Otherwise, you will have to prepend sudo to all docker commands.

AWS EC2 GitInstall/Upgrade Git - The latest version of git for Ubuntu is maintained by these people. The following commands will install/upgrade git to the latest stable version. Answer Y when prompted to continue.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install git

Congratulations!!! Your environment should now be set up to try Aether or Gather.

Continue to Gather Install
Continue to Aether Install