Pixelfed Install

This is a setup using an Ubuntu 18.04 Droplet at DigitalOcean. These are just my instructions for myself after trying to get PixelFed running a few times – and finally getting it running in decent shape. It’s not very clean, it relied on a lot of Googling for stuff.

For the most part, this creates a running PixelFed instance, the only thing that I found that is still broken is the registration. When I register my first user, after clicking register, it results in an error. Reloading the page gets me to the page to send the email confirmation.

Since I am bringing this up as a new droplet, I run (yes, bad habit) everything as root unless specified.

The files needed can be found in this git repo: https://github.com/ultramookie/pixelfed-confs


apt-get -y install php7.2-fpm php7.2-gd php7.2-mbstring php-imagick  php7.2-mysql mysql-server-5.7 redis-server graphicsmagick php-json php-services-json jpegoptim nginx-full optipng pngquant gifsicle composer php7.2-bcmath zip unzip

mysql Stuff

mysql -e 'create database pixels'

mysql -e "grant all on pixels.* to 'pixels'@'localhost' identified by 'INSERT_PASSWORD'"

nginx Stuff

This SSL certificate stuff will depend on you and if you have certs. I use origin certs from Cloudflare and have Cloudflare do SSL termination for me.

mv yourcert.pem /etc/ssl/certs/

mv yourcert.key /etc/ssl/private/

You’ll need to edit the pixelfed-site.conf file to adjust the SSL certificate lines in there before doing the next step.

mv pixelfed-site.conf /etc/nginx/sites-available/

ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/pixelfed-site.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/pixelfed-site.conf

rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default

service nginx restart

php Stuff

mv pixelfed-fpm.conf /etc/php/7.2/fpm/pool.d/

service php7.2-fpm restart

Get Ready

adduser pixelfed

usermod -aG pixelfed www-data

git clone https://github.com/dansup/pixelfed.git

cd pixelfed

Run as pixelfed (sudo - pixelfed)

composer install

cp .env.example .env

Conf Editing

Changed to production


Change to your domain




The default config has mail going to log. Need to change that.


Running Init

Run this stuff as pixelfed (sudo - pixelfed)

php artisan key:generate

php artisan storage:link

php artisan migrate

Horizon Service

mv pixelfed-horizon.service /etc/systemd/system/

systemctl enable pixelfed-horizon

service pixelfed-horizon start

Becoming an Admin

I cheated and need to find out if there’s a better way of doing this. But, I made my user (the first one registered) and admin by connecting to the mysql database directly and setting the is_admin to 1.

update users set is_admin='1' where id='1';