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Setup Ruby on Rails in DigitalOcean

By Jiazhen Xie on Aug 30, 2014
Setup Ruby on Rails in DigitalOcean

Recently I moved the site from Heroku to DigitalOcean. As you can imagine, deployment could be difficult. Therefore I’d like to summarise the steps to deploy to DigitalOcean.

Create a droplet with one-click Ruby on Rails Application

First of all, you need to create a droplet in DigitalOcean.

Install git

SSH to the server then run

sudo apt-get install git-core

Configurate codebase

git clone <repo_https>
chmod 755 rails
chown -R rails:www-data <repo>


  1. Configure the database to point to the database

  2. Install gems bundle install --deployment

  3. Add any environmental variables to /etc/default/unicorn

  4. Restart the server service unicorn restart

  5. Allow remote access to the DB

    sudo nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf
    bind-address = your_database_IP
    GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON db.* To 'user'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
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