- Quick start guide
- Running convos
- Optional modules
- Hypnotoad and Prefork
Alternative install methods
- Git clone
- Snap Install
Quick start guide
This guide will give an introduction on how to install and run Convos. It is very easy to get started, but you can also tweak many settings to make Convos fit your needs.
The two commands below will download and start Convos:
curl https://convos.chat/install.sh | sh - ./convos/script/convos daemon
That's it! After the commands above, you can point your browser to http://localhost:3000 to sign up, and start chatting.
You can invite new users to Convos, by sharing an invite link.
./script/convos daemon --help
The command above will provide more information about command line arguments. One useful switch is how to specify a listen port and make Convos bind to a specific address:
./script/convos daemon --listen http://127.0.0.1:8080
See also the configuration guide for more
--listen options or the FAQ
for how to run Convos behind your favorite web server.
Upgrading Convos is as simple as installing it. Just need to stop Convos before fetching the latest version:
killall convos curl https://convos.chat/install.sh | sh - ./convos/script/convos daemon
See the FAQ for more information.
There are some optional modules that can be installed to enhance the experience. The command below will show if the modules are installed or not:
One very useful addition is EV, which makes Convos faster. It can be installed with the command below:
./script/convos cpanm EV
Hypnotoad and Prefork
It is not possible to run Convos with hypnotoad nor the prefork server. The reason for this is that the Convos core requires shared memory, which a forked environment contradicts.
You need to run Convos in single process, using the "daemon" sub command shown above.
Alternative install methods
You can use the command below to pull and run convos:
docker pull nordaaker/convos:stable docker run -it -p 8080:3000 \ -v $HOME/convos/data:/data \ nordaaker/convos:stable
The last command will make Convos available on http://localhost:8080, and
persist data in
For Linux distributions with SELinux Enforcing policy (e.g. CentOS, Fedora or RHEL) append
:z to volumes:
There are some alternative tags available, but we suggest using the "stable" release.
Git can be used to get full flexibility. The command below will only clone the
stable branch. Omit the
--single-branch --no-tags to get everything
# Get the code and install dependencies git clone https://github.com/Nordaaker/convos.git \ --branch stable --single-branch --no-tags ./convos/script/convos install # Start the server ./convos/script/convos daemon # Update and restart git pull origin stable kill $(pgrep convos) ./convos/script/convos daemon
Using the git repo allows you to make changes and build your own frontend. See the developement guide for more details.
Install Convos in seconds on Ubuntu and other snap supported Linux distributions with:
snap install convos
Installing a snap is very quick. Snaps are secure. They are isolated with all of their dependencies. Snaps also auto update when a new version is released.
Check out the official page in the snap store for more information.
Want to learn more? Check out the configuration guide, the FAQ or the documentation index.