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Installing Soapbox

This guide is a step-by-step guide for installing Soapbox. These instructions assume that you're using a fresh, new VPS powered by a Debian-based OS such as Ubuntu.

Install Pleroma

First, follow the instructions to install Pleroma on a fresh VPS. We recommend using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Note: If you followed the directions for installing on Linux with OTP Releases, create the following symlink in the pleroma user's home: su pleroma -s $SHELL -lc "ln -s /var/lib/pleroma /opt/pleroma/instance"

Install Soapbox

The Soapbox frontend is the main component of Soapbox. Once you've installed Pleroma, installing Soapbox FE is a breeze.

First, ssh into the server and download a .zip of the latest build: curl -L -o

Then unpack it into Pleroma's instance directory: busybox unzip -o -d /opt/pleroma/instance

That's it! 🎉 Soapbox FE is installed. The change will take effect immediately, just refresh your browser tab. It's not necessary to restart the Pleroma service.