Bitnami eXo Platform

    eXo Platform is an open-source social-collaboration software designed for enterprises. It is full featured, based on standards, extensible and has an amazing design.

    Please, take a look to the Quick Start Guide to know the basic use of this Stack.

    Where can I learn more about eXo Platform?

    You can learn more about eXo Platform at the eXo Platform Website and the community website.

    eXo Platform Express is the commercial offering of eXo Platform. You can learn more about it at the eXo platform edition comparison page

    If you are using eXo Platform Express you will need to register a license after the 30-days trial expires.

    How to start/stop the servers?

    Graphical tool

    The Stacks include a graphical tool to manage the servers easily. You can find the "manager-windows.exe", "manager-osx" or "manager-linux" tool in your installation directory. Using this tool, you can Start, Stop or Restart the servers and check the log files. You can click on the icon to start it.

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    On Windows: You can also start the Manager tool from shortcuts: Start -> Program Files -> BitNami Stack -> Manager tool

    Command line tool

    If you prefer, you can use the "ctlscript.sh" utility from the command line. This script is in the installation directory.

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    On Virtual Machines and Cloud images:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh start

    A native installer on Linux:

    $ cd ~/application-version
    $ ./ctlscript.sh start
    

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    On OS X: You can start the Manager tool from the installation directory or you can use the "ctlscript.sh" utility from a Terminal.

    host:~ user$ cd /Applications/application-version
    host:~ user$ ./ctlscript.sh start

    How to create a full backup of eXo Platform?

    Because BitNami stacks are self-contained, the simplest option for performing your backups is to copy or compress the BitNami Stack installation directory. To do so in a safe manner, you will need to stop all servers, so this method may not be appropriate if you have people accessing the application continously.

    linux_platform.pngOn Virtual Machines and Cloud Images:

    sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh stop

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    On OS X:

    $ cd installdir
    $ ./ctlscript.sh stop
    $ cp -r installdir application-backup
    

    Or you can create a tarball:

    $ tar -czvf application-backup.tar.gz installdir
    

    Or a zip file:

    $ zip -r application-backup.zip installdir/*

    To restore this backup you only need to uncompress the backup in the same location. It is important to use the same path that was used when the stack was originally installed.

    For example if you have a backup in a Red Hat machine, you can copy it to an Ubuntu Linux machine (a different distro!) in the same location. Then start the servers and that’s all.

    On Virtual Machines and Cloud Images:

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh start

    On OS X:

    $ cd installdir
    $ ./ctlscript.sh start
    

    You just need to be carefull to keep the same permissions for the files and folders. If you installed as root make sure that in the new machine you copy the files also as root. And this case, if you are also moving MySQL or PostgreSQL, you will need to create those users in the new machine (if they don't exist yet).

    win_platform.png On Windows you should follow the same process. Stop the servers using the shortcuts and copy the whole installation directory. To restore the system, copy the directory to a different Windows machine in the same location and follow these steps from a command prompt:

    $ cd installdir
    $ serviceinstall.bat INSTALL
    

    You can access your BitNami Application at the usual URL.

    If you want to create only a database backup, check the following link for MySQL /Components/MySQL#How_to_create_a_database_backup or for PostgreSQL /Components/PostgreSQL#How_to_create_a_database_backup.3f

    How to upgrade eXo Platform?

    It is strongly recommended that you create a backup before starting the update process. If you have important data, it is advisable that you create and try to restore a backup to ensure that everything works properly.

    There are two different ways to upgrade your application.

    1. If you want to upgrade the application and all Stack components PHP, Ruby, MySQL, Apache… You can follow the steps described at How to upgrade the full Stack migrating the data?
    2. In case you only want to upgrade the application code without modifying any other Stack components,  you should follow the guide which is in the application page itself.

    How to configure the email settings of eXo Platform?

    To send emails from eXo Platform application via SMTP protocol, it is necessary to specify the SMTP settings in:

    installdir/apps/exoplatform/scripts/setenv-customize.sh

    And modify this settings (f.e, for gmail.com):

    EXO_EMAIL_FROM="your_account@gmail.com"
    EXO_EMAIL_SMTP_HOST="smtp.gmail.com"
    EXO_EMAIL_SMTP_PORT="465"
    EXO_EMAIL_SMTP_STARTTLS_ENABLE=true
    EXO_EMAIL_SMTP_AUTH=true
    EXO_EMAIL_SMTP_USERNAME="your_account@gmail.com"
    EXO_EMAIL_SMTP_PASSWORD="your_password"

    If you are on GNU/Linux or MacOSX, you will need to uncomment the lines deleting "#", and if you are on Windows, you will need to delete the "REM" string in this lines.

    After apply the changes, restart the Tomcat server using the GUI, or the console:

    sudo installdir/ctlscript.sh restart tomcat

    How to enable SSL?

    You can see how to configure Apache to enable SSL connections at How to enable SSL to access through https?

    How to debug eXo Platform errors?

    If your eXo Platform installation is not working properly, you will be able to know the reason if you check this log:

    /opt/bitnami/apps/exoplatform/platform.log 

    Can I configure eXo platform in a high-availability setup?

    The default Bitnami setup is not prepared for a clustered deployment. You can find more information on how to do that over at the eXo clustered deployment documentation guide.

    How to configure a redirect for main page to /portal?

    eXo Platform runs in the "/portal" URL by default. If you want to add a simple redirection from your main domain to the "/portal" application, you can add the following at the beginning of the file in the "/opt/bitnami/apps/exoplatform/conf/httpd-app.conf" file.

    Redirect / /portal
    ....

    Then restart Apache server:

    sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart apache
    
     
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