From Bitpost wiki


Server is live and running as matryoshka container. Updates are easy (see below).

But not much to chat about lately, boo...

Invite friends

Browse to jaws, ask Mikey to get you registered at the "secret" registration url.


The Linux and android clients are tested and working out of the box. How nice.

Server maintenance


docker logs -f rocketchat-rocketchat-1


NOTE: This should not be needed on reboot now that we added *restart:always* to compose.yml.

cd ~/apps/RocketChat
docker compose up -d rocketchat
docker logs -f rocketchat-rocketchat-1


Don't leave your install un-updated for very long, this thing keeps roooollllling....

  • Find the latest release here.
  • Punch it into the /home/m/apps/RocketChat/.env file, eg:
  • Restart
 🪆  m@matryoshka  [~/apps/RocketChat] docker compose up -d
 🪆  m@matryoshka  [~/apps/RocketChat] docker logs -f rocketchat-rocketchat-1

Here are more complete steps that may be needed... the .env on matryoshka did not need this...

  • update RELEASE in .env to match the latest stable release
  • do the deed:
docker	compose	stop rocketchat
docker compose rm rocketchat
docker pull
docker	compose up -d rocketchat
docker logs -f rocketchat-rocketchat-1

Back up database

# from docker host
docker exec -u root -it rocketchat-mongodb-1 bash
mkdir -p dumps && cd dumps
mongodump --archive="rocketchat-backup-2022-10-13" --db=rocketchat

Server installation

  • First time installing, make sure you have Docker#Install_docker_compose installed, and set up an ~/apps/RocketChat folder with docker.compose and .env
  • See matryoshka for an example.
  • Refer to details here if needed.


  • Browse to admin panel at http://yourserver:3000
  • Register with (I think you have to to get mobile updates???)
  • Set up an admin account
  • Update haproxy and certbot to support a subdomain that is publicly available



Once you log in as admin, you get a SHITTON of settings to manage. Important ones:

  • Admin > Settings > search > site > CHANGE THE SITE from http://localhost to your FQDN!
  • I updated my admin layout Content. It includes Home page text, TOS etc.
  • Admin > Accounts > Registration > Manually Approve New Users
  • Admin > Accounts > Registration > Registration Form > Secret URL (URL will be /register/(secret)/ )
  • Admin > Layout > User Interface > Allow Special Characters in Room Names > Toggle ON
  • Admin > Search > Default Provider > Global Search ON (to add a toggleable global search option)
  • Admin > Video Conference > Jitsu > Enable (NOTE desktop app doesn't find my camera, but chrome does)
  • Should I? Admin > Accounts > Registration > Use DNS Domain Check

Enable mobile push

This is not as simple as it should be...

  • Admin > Setup Wizard > Cloud Info > Cloud Service Agree Privacy > Toggle ON

YOU MUST restart server for setting to be applied! This apparently sets:

Admin > Settings > Push > Production read-only toggle ON

This is necessary for mobile chat notifications to work!

  • Register for cloud services
  • When creating an account, I did NOT get email confirmation. I had to use "Forgot password" to reset and get access.
  • Click Register Self-managed, and get the token.
  • Admin > Connectivity Services > Register > paste the token
  • Admin > Connectivity Services > Login to Rocket.Chat Cloud
  • Admin > Settings > Push > Send a test push

Holy hell, it worked!


  • Create a google APP password
google > account > create App password > Mail/custom > > put pw in private
  • Set up Admin > Email > SMTP settings to allow outbound email
protocol: smtps
port: [] (default)
[ ] Ignore TLS
[X] Pool
username: thedigitalmachine
password: (see private)
from email:

2fa hell

If 2fa is on and SMTP doesn't work for any reason, it can really fuck you trying to get any settings changed to fix the problem. Catch-22 loop of hell.

I tried adding some bullshit hack ENV vars to the rocketchat service with no luck:

sudo service rocketchat stop
emacs ~/config/etc/systemd/system/rocketchat.service 
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo service rocketchat start

Didn't seem to do shit.

Try turning 2fa settings off via shell... THIS DID IT.

ssh jaws
use rocketchat

Then I could go in and manage my SMPT settings and get them working. Whew. I'm not turning 2fa back on for now, fuck that hardship.