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How to Install Shinobi on Ubuntu Linux (Cloud9 IDE)

    Shinobi a free and open source CCTV and NVR solution that is capable of recording IP as well as local camera footage. Shinobi is very easy to use even for novice users. If you want to test installing and using Shinobi then this post is for you.

    This post will present a step by step guide on how to install Shinobi for free on Cloud9 for development purposes, please note that it’s not advisable to install a Production version of the web application on Cloud9 as the free tier isn’t designed for that intended purpose. Now, and without further ado let’s dive into the tutorial.


    First, you’ll need to sign-up for the free version of Cloud9.

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    Step One

    After signing up and confirming your email, you’ll be directed to your dashboard, just click on the “add workspace” plus sign.

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    Step Two

    You’ll be directed to a new window where you should set up your workspace, select the blank option.

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    Step Three

    In the terminal type the following command to create a directory for Shinobi;

    mkdir Shinobi


    Step Four

    Now we need to change directory to the newly created folder, so type the following command in the terminal;

    cd Shinobi

    Step Five

    Now, we need to install Shinobi, to do so just copy the following command to your terminal.

    sudo npm install shinobi

    Step Six

    We need to move some of the node modules, to do so copy and paste the following command in your terminal.

    mv node_modules/shinobi/* .

    Step Seven

    Finally start to run Shinobi using the following command, please note that it will take a while and you’ll be asked many questions just type “y” for yes and create a password for the database.

    sudo npm start

    Step Eight

    After the installation is completed, navigate to the top menu and select run with >> Node.js (default).

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    Step Nine

    Now, just click on the “Run Project” arrow, then click on the “Preview”, the installation window will appear in a browser like a side-window.


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    Step Ten

    You’ll then be directed to the login window, just use Username : ccio@m03.ca and Password : password.

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    Step Eleven

    Finally you’ll be directed to your portal where you can add and control your cameras.

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    Congratulations, now you have a fully functional installation of Shinobi on Cloud9. But, remember this installation should be for development only and not as a production copy.