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!!! info "Docker"

Docker production installation is not yet supported. See [issue #352](


  • A Linux machine with root access
  • A domain name (or subdomain) for the Mobilizon server, e.g.
  • An SMTP server to deliver emails


Mobilizon requires Elixir, NodeJS and PostgreSQL among other things.

Installing dependencies depends on the system you're using. Follow the steps of the dependencies guide.


We're going to use a dedicated mobilizon user with /home/mobilizon home:

sudo adduser --disabled-login mobilizon

!!! tip

On FreeBSD

``` bash
sudo pw useradd -n mobilizon -d /home/mobilizon -s /usr/local/bin/bash -m 
sudo passwd mobilizon

Then let's connect as this user:

sudo -i -u mobilizon

Let's start by cloning the repository in a directory named live:

git clone live && cd live

Installing dependencies

Install Elixir dependencies

mix deps.get

Then compile these dependencies and Mobilizon (this can take a few minutes)

mix compile

Go into the js/ directory

cd js

and install the Javascript dependencies

yarn install

Finally, we can build the front-end (this can take a few seconds)

yarn run build

Let's go back to the main directory

cd ../


Mobilizon provides a command line tool to generate configuration

mix mobilizon.instance gen

This will ask you questions about your setup and your instance to generate a prod.secret.exs file in the config/ folder, and a setup_db.psql file to setup the database.

Database setup

The setup_db.psql file contains SQL instructions to create a PostgreSQL user and database with the chosen credentials and add the required extensions to the Mobilizon database.


sudo -u postgres psql -f setup_db.psql

!!! warning

When it's done, don't forget to remove the `setup_db.psql` file.

Database Migration

Run database migrations:

MIX_ENV=prod mix ecto.migrate

!!! note

Note the `MIX_ENV=prod` environment variable prefix in front of the command. You will have to use it for each `mix` command from now on.

You will have to do this again after most updates.

!!! tip If some migrations fail, it probably means you're not using a recent enough version of PostgreSQL, or that you haven't installed the required extensions.



Copy the support/systemd/mobilizon.service to /etc/systemd/system.

sudo cp support/systemd/mobilizon.service /etc/systemd/system/

Reload Systemd to detect your new file

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

And enable the service

systemctl enable --now mobilizon.service

It will run Mobilizon and enable startup on boot. You can follow the logs with

sudo journalctl -fu mobilizon.service

The Mobilizon server runs on port 4000 on the local interface only, so you need to add a reverse-proxy.

Reverse proxy


Copy the file from support/nginx/mobilizon.conf to /etc/nginx/sites-available.

sudo cp support/nginx/mobilizon.conf /etc/nginx/sites-available

Then symlink the file into the /etc/nginx/sites-enabled directory.

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/mobilizon.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Edit the file /etc/nginx/sites-available and adapt it to your own configuration.

Test the configuration with sudo nginx -t and reload nginx with systemctl reload nginx.

Optional tasks

Geolocation databases

Mobilizon can use geolocation from MMDB format data from sources like MaxMind GeoIP databases or databases. This allows showing events happening near the user's location.

You will need to download the City database and put it into priv/data/GeoLite2-City.mmdb.

Mobilizon will only show a warning at startup if the database is missing, but it isn't required.