Install Rocket Chat server on Ubuntu 22.04 using Snap

Learn a simple command to install Rocket Chat Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal.

Rocket.Chat is an open-source platform for team collaboration and communication with live chat, video and audio conferences, file sharing, message translation, and more. With Rocket.Chat, users can use the native iOS apps and Android apps from any device with Internet access, including Windows, Mac, mobile devices, or tablet devices. People widely compare it with Slack and consider it one of the Best Alternatives of it.

With the communication platform, employees in the company can chat, exchange files and meet in group chats. This saves mass e-mails to many addressees, as everyone can read along in the group chat and trace the communication. In addition, there is security through end-to-end encryption to keep communication confidential.

In addition to pure text messages, video calls are also possible. Facebook, WhatsApp, SMS, and CRM can also be integrated into Rocket.Chat. From the Advanced package, the Rocket chat app even includes video conferencing and helpdesk chat. Users can go their business with the helpdesk chat for customer inquiries on their homepage with the help of omnichannel.

This allows potential customers to go directly into a live chat with you when they are currently on your website and questions arise about your products and services.

Being an open-source software its community Edition can be operated free of charge on your server. Users can communicate through the browser or install client software that is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

Alternatively, the manufacturer offers paid editions of Rocket.Chat as well as the use of Rocket.Chat as software-as-a-service in the cloud.

For the security of your chats, you can choose between end-to-end encryption, an LDAP interface, or two-factor authentication (2FA). In addition, there is extensive role management for all users and especially for moderators and administrators, extended rights can be determined.

Steps to install Rocket Chat Server on Ubuntu 22.04 using SNAP

Users who are not interested in using Snap can either go for Docker or install each required component by Rocket Char server such as Database manually. However here we only discuss the SNAP method.

1. Hardware Requirements

If you just want to try it out then you can start with a standard amount of hardware resources, whereas for SMBs that want a small deployment of up to 500 users, up to 100 concurrently active, and moderate levels of mixed uploads, sharing, and bot activities can go for minimum:

  • Dual-core (2 GHz)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 40 GB of SSD


2. Update Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Although here we are using SNAP universal package manager that installs applications in an isolated environment, yet, use the APT package manager to update the system before going any further.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


3. Ubuntu 22.04 Snap to install the Rocket Chat server

We don’t need to install Snap on Ubuntu 22.04 because it is there by default enabled by the developers of this Linux operating system. The snap method to install the Rocket Chat server is very easy especially for beginners or small-medium enterprises those who don’t want to mess with multiple commands and still want to set up their Chat server can opt for this method.

First search the Rocket server package available through SNAP:

sudo snap search rocketchat-server

Rocket server package available through SNAP

To install the same, here is the command:

sudo snap install rocketchat-server

Rocket Chat Server SNAP command


4. Access the Web interface

Once the installation is completed, we can access the Rocket Chat server backend web interface easily using our local browser. However, make sure you have opened port 3000 in your cloud or system firewall.

Those who are using UFW can use the command –sudo ufw allow 3000

Access Web interface Rocket Server


5. Create an Admin Account

Now, first of all, create an admin profile to manage the Rocket Chat server. You just need to add the details such as your Full name, the username you want to use, email address, and password to secure your account.

Create Rocket Chat Admin user

After adding the Admin account details, also provide your Organization information as well.

Organization Information


6. Register your Server or go for Standalone one

Those who want access to the marketplace, integrations with external providers, and security updates can use their email addresses to register their Server with developers. Otherwise, simply go for the Standalone server option.

Register Your Rocket Server


7. Rocket Chat Web client

As soon as you are done with the installation, the Web client interface of the Rocket Chat will open.

Install Rocket Chat server Ubuntu 22.04 LTS SNAP


8. Rocket chat Server Admin backend

To get the Administrator backend for managing the Rocket Chat server, in your browser type the domain or IP address with 3000 port number and /admin folder name.

For example:


Replace your-ip-address with the actual address of your Rocker Chat server.

Administration Server information

Rocket Chat server admin interface

Apps to install on Marketplace

Apps Market place


9. Use Nginx as Proxy Server

For those who want to access the Rocker Chat server at port 80 or 443, let’s configure the Nginx Proxy server for that if you are not using the Apache already. First of all, install it using the given command.

sudo apt install nginx

Create a site configuration file to proxy the Rocket Chat server address:

sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/rocketchat.conf

Add the following lines:

 server {
        listen 80;
        server_name your-domain or ip-address;

        error_log /var/log/nginx/rocketchat_error.log;

        location / {
            proxy_http_version 1.1;
            proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
            proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
            proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
            proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto http;
            proxy_set_header X-Nginx-Proxy true;
            proxy_redirect off;

Note: Replace your-domain or ip-address with a domain name if you want to access the Rocket Chat server using a fully qualified domain name. Whereas the users who want to access it using the Server’s public or private IP address use that.

Save the file using Ctlr+O, hit the Enter key, and then exit the file using Ctrl +X.

After that check, if the Nginx configuration is ok.

sudo nginx -t

Output must be:

nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

Now, restart the Nginx server and enable it:

sudo systemctl restart nginx
sudo systemctl enable nginx


10. Setup Let’s Encrypt SSL for Rocket Chat

If you are using a fully qualified domain name to access the Rocket Server running on Ubuntu 22.04 then setting up an SSL certificate is quite easy and free of cost using Let’s Encrypt. Follow the given command:

sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-nginx

Run the command to issue an SSL certificate

sudo certbot --nginx

Once the certificate is issued, restart the Nginx once more:

sudo systemctl restart nginx



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