How to Install and Run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPSThis article provides a guide for how to install and run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS.

What is Apache Answer?

Apache Answer is a Q&A platform that helps teams build communities and share knowledge. It can be used as a help center, community forum, or knowledge management platform. Apache Answer is open source and incubates at Apache Incubator.

Prerequisites

This guide assumes the following prerequisites are met:

Install and Run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS

To install and run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS, follow the steps below:

  1. Install Docker Engine

    1. Login via SSH as root user.
    2. Update and upgrade system:
      sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get upgrade -y
    3. Remove existing Docker files by running the following command:
      for pkg in docker.io docker-doc docker-compose docker-compose-v2 podman-docker containerd runc; do sudo apt-get remove $pkg; done
    4. Install Docker Engine latest version with:
      curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com -o get-docker.sh
      sudo sh get-docker.sh
  2. Install Docker Compose

    1. Run the following command:
      sudo apt-get install docker-compose-plugin
    2. Verify that Docker Compose is installed correctly by checking the version:
      docker compose version
  3. Install Apache Answer

    1. Start Apache Answer with Docker Compose:
      curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/apache/incubator-answer/main/docker-compose.yaml | docker compose -p answer -f - up

      The default port for Answer is 9080. You can access it at http://localhost:9080.

    2. Install steps
      After you start the answer, you can follow the steps below to complete the initialization about the basic configuration.
      1. Choose the languageInstall and Run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS-Choose Language
      2. Config database
        Answer supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite as the database backend. The smallest environment is SQLite, which does not require any additional configuration. If you want to use MySQL or PostgreSQL, you need to setup the database first and then configure the database connection in this step. Here we recommend using sqlite3 to complete your first experience.Install and Run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS-Database
      3. Create configuration file
        Click Next button to create the configuration file.Install and Run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS-Create Config File
      4. Fill in basic information
        “Site URL” is the browser address you will use to access answers after installation.
        Don’t forget the admin Email and password.Install and Run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS-Site Info
      5. Complete
        Congratulations, you can click the done button to start your answer journey!Install and Run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS-Complete

Conclusion

You now know how to install and run Apache Answer on Ubuntu VPS server.

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