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Gramps Web DigitalOcean 1-Click App

Instead of setting up Gramps Web yourself, you can also use the Gramps Web DigitalOcean 1-Click App.

As part of the setup procedure, you will have to sign up for an account with DigitalOcean and select a paid plan for the "droplet" (virtual machine) to use.

Arguably, this is currently the simplest way to deploy your own, self-hosted Gramps Web instance, secured with SSL, without using your own hardware.

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Note that you will be paying DigitalOcean for the hosting services. The Gramps open source project does not profit financially and does not provide paid support.

Step 1: Create a DigitalOcean account

Create an account at DigitalOcean if you don't have one yet.

Step 2: Create the droplet

  • Go to Gramps Web 1-Click App and click "Create Gramps Web Droplet".
  • Choose a plan with at least 1 GB of RAM.
  • Set up authentication to your droplet
  • Click "Create Droplet"

Step 3: Set up a domain name

You will need a domain name (or subdomain). If you own a domain, point it to the IP address of your droplet. Otherwise, you could use a free service such as DuckDNS.

Step 4: Log in to your droplet

SSH into your droplet. You should be presented with the message "Welcome to the Gramps Web DigitalOcean 1-click app setup!". If this is not the case, wait a few minutes and try again (the installation is not yet finished).

The setup script will ask you for the domain name (e.g. mygrampswebinstance.duckdns.org) and an e-mail address (needed for the Let's Encrypt certificate).

When this is done, wait for the setup to be completed in the background

Step 5: Launch Gramps Web

Your Gramps Web instance should now be accessible at the root of your domain, with a valid SSL certificate, and it should be showing the first-run assistant.