In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Sails.js on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Sails.js is a MVC framework for Node.js similar to Ruby on Rails. It makes for developing modern applications very quickly, and is best suited for real-time applications like leaderboards and chat.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Sails.js on a CentOS 7 server.
Install Sails.js on CentOS 7
Step 1. First let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.
yum clean all
yum -y update
yum install yum-utils bzip2 bzip2-devel wget curl tar
yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
Step 2. Installing Node.js on an CentOS 7
Make sure you always get the latest version of NodeJS. At the time of writing this article, the latest NodeJS version is v0.12.9:
tar zxf node-v0.12.9.tar.gz
Next, let’s configure NodeJS sources by setting the –prefix flag to /usr/local, so that NodeJS will be installed in this location and will be usable to all users on the vps:
Once the configuration of the sources is finished, compile and install NodeJS using the following commands:
Verify your version of Node.js installed:
Now you can install Sails.js. In your command line interface type:
npm -g install sails
Create a new Sails project:
cd && sails new MyprojectName
Start the server and make it work in the background using:
cd MyprojectName && sails lift &
Step 4. Accessing Sails.js
Sails.js will be available on HTTP port 1337 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com:1337 or http://server-ip:1337 and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 1337 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Sails.js. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Sails.js on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Sails.js web site.