Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Zulip Chat Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS


Zulip is an open-source chat server that helps teams collaborate and communicate more effectively. It is a powerful tool for businesses and organizations to build their own private chat servers. In this guide, we will show you how to install Zulip on Ubuntu 20.04. We will walk you through the process step-by-step, so you can have your own private chat server up and running in no time!

What is Zulip and How Does It Work

Zulip is a modern collaboration platform that makes it easy for teams to communicate and collaborate in real time. It combines the best features of instant messaging, email, and chatbot technology to provide an intuitive interface for teams to work together. With Zulip, teams can have conversations in threads, share documents and files, and assign tasks with ease. The platform also offers powerful analytics tools that help teams measure the effectiveness of their communication efforts. With its intuitive design and powerful features, Zulip is quickly becoming the go-to solution for team collaboration.


Below is a list of items that you may need to complete this tutorial successfully:
1) A cloud-hosted VPS or self-hosted server with 4GB RAM, a dual-core processor, and 50GB free space
2) The Linux Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS operating system
3) An SSH client such as Putty for Windows or the macOS Terminal app
4) A fully qualified domain name pointing to the IP address of the Linux Ubuntu server
5) Zulip chat server installation files and an email account that ZULIP can use to send and receive emails.


Below is an overview of the steps outlined in this tutorial:
1) Connect to your Linux Ubuntu Server using your preferred SSH client and update the system repository
2) Download Zulip server from the official download page.
3) Access Zulip web-based admin interface and complete the post-installation setup.
4) Conclusion

1. Connect to your Linux Ubuntu Server using your preferred SSH client and update the system repository

The first step in completing this setup is to open an SSH connection to your Linux Ubuntu Server and updating the system repository. Run the command below to open the SSH connection

If your server is configured to use an SSH key file for authentication purposes, run the command below instead
Once you have gained SSH access to your server. Set a custom hostname using the command

Edit the hosts configuration file and add your custom hostname.

Finally, update the system repository and restart the server with the commands:

2. Download Zulip server from the official download page.

The next step is to download the archive file that contains Zulip installation files. Run the command below to use wget to download the archive
When wget finishes pulling the Zulip setup file from the download site, use tar to extract the setup file:

Install Zulip

You have now set up your Linux Ubuntu server and downloaded the Zulip server setup files. Run the command below to start the Zulip installer. The installer will also set up a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate to enable HTTPS access to the Zulip Web Admin.

When the Zulip server installation completes, you will see the information shown below. Copy the URL at the bottom section and paste it into a browser address bar. Press Enter to navigate to that URL

3. Access Zulip web-based admin interface and complete the post-installation setup.

You will see a Create New Zulip Organisation page. Enter an e-mail address on the input field and click Create Organisation.
Enter the name of your organization on the Organisation input box and click the URL checkbox. If you would like to use a different URL enter it in the input box below. Enter your name on the Full name field, enter a password and click Sign up
The Zulip dashboard will be displayed and from here you can start adding your team members, add departments and basically customize the system to match the structure of your Organization.


You have successfully install Zulip Server on a Linux Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server. Click HERE to watch the video tutorial on Youtube and click HERE to visit the home page and browser for more tutorials. We hope that this tutorial has been informative and would like to thank you for reading it.