How to Install Turtl Server Evernote Alternative on CentOS 7

Turtl is a secure and encrypted Evernote alternative. It's an open source application that allows you to take notes, bookmark websites, store documents, share passwords with your coworkers, and more. Turtl allows you to take control of all your data in a private place. The source code of turtl client and turtl server application is available on github - you can deploy it manually on your server.

In this tutorial, we will show you step-by-step how to install and configure Turtl server on CentOS 7. Turtl server is written in Common Lisp, so we need to install Common Lisp and QuickLisp on the system. This tutorial will cover some topics including installation of Libuv on CentOS 7 system and installation of RethinkDB for the turtl data store.

Prerequisites

  • CentOS 7
  • Root privileges

What we will do

  1. Install Development Tools
  2. Install Libuv on CentOS 7
  3. Install and Configure RethinkDB
  4. Install Common Lisp
  5. Install Quicklisp
  6. Download and Install Turtl Server
  7. Running Turtl Server as a Service
  8. Install and Configure Apache as a Reverse Proxy for Turtl
  9. Testing

Step 1 - Install Development Tools

For this guide, we need the 'Development Tools' packages installed on the CentOS system.

Install 'Development Tools' using the yum command below.

sudo yum group install "Development Tools"

Wait for all 'Development Tools' packages installation.

Step 2 - Install Libuv on CentOS 7

Libuv is a multi-platform support library focused on asynchronous I/O. This library is needed by the Turtl Server, and we will install this library manually.

Before installing manually 'Libuv' to the system, let's install openssl and openssl-devel.

yum -y install openssl openssl-devel

Now go to the '/usr/local/src' directory and download the libuv.targz file using wget.

cd /usr/local/src
wget http://dist.libuv.org/dist/v1.9.1/libuv-v1.9.1.tar.gz

Extract libuv.tar.gz and remove the master.

tar -xf libuv-v1.9.1.tar.gz
rm -f libuv-v1.9.1.tar.gz

Go to the 'libuv' directory.

cd libuv-v1.9.1/

Install Libuv using the development tools by running all commands below.

sh autogen.sh
./configure
make
make install

When it's complete, run the following command.

sudo ldconfig

The Libuv library has been installed on the CentOS 7 system.

The Libuv library has been installed on the CentOS 7

Step 3 - Install and Configure RethinkDB

RethinkDB is an open source and distributed document-oriented database, and the Turtl Server is using RethinkDB as a data store.

In this step, we will install RethinkDB from its own repository.

Add RethinkDB repository for CentOS 7 to the system.

sudo wget http://download.rethinkdb.com/centos/7/`uname -m`/rethinkdb.repo \
          -O /etc/yum.repos.d/rethinkdb.repo

RethinkDB repository has been added, now install it using the yum command in the following way.

sudo yum -y install rethinkdb

After the installation is complete, copy the default configuration to the '/etc/rethinkdb/instances.d' directory.

cp /etc/rethinkdb/default.conf.sample /etc/rethinkdb/instances.d/default.conf

And create new service file for RethinkDB using the vim editor.

cd /etc/systemd/system
vim rethinkdb.service

Paste the following configuration there.

# Automatically generated by systemd-sysv-generator

[Unit]
Documentation=man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
SourcePath=/etc/init.d/rethinkdb
Description=LSB: This starts a set of rethinkdb server instances.
Before=multi-user.target
Before=multi-user.target
Before=multi-user.target
Before=graphical.target
Before=shutdown.target
After=remote-fs.target
Conflicts=shutdown.target

[Service]
Type=forking
Restart=no
TimeoutSec=5min
IgnoreSIGPIPE=no
KillMode=process
GuessMainPID=no
RemainAfterExit=yes
ExecStart=/etc/init.d/rethinkdb start
ExecStop=/etc/init.d/rethinkdb stop

Now reload the systemd system and start the RethinkDB service.

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl start rethinkdb

RethinkDB is now installed and running on the CentOS 7 system.

Install RethinkDB

Check it using the following command.

systemctl status rethinkdb
netstat -plntu

And you should get the result as below.

Check the status of RethinkDB

Step 4 - Install Common Lisp

Common Lisp (CL) is a dialect of the Lisp programming language. It's a member from the Lisp family. In this step, we will install manually the 'Clozure Common Lisp' to the CentOS system.

Go to the '/usr/local/src' directory and download the 'Clozure Common Lisp' for Linux 86/64-bit using wget command.

cd /usr/local/src
wget https://github.com/Clozure/ccl/releases/download/v1.11.5/ccl-1.11.5-linuxx86.tar.gz

Extract the 'Clozure Common Lisp' compressed file and remove the master file.

tar -xf ccl-1.11.5-linuxx86.tar.gz
rm -f ccl-1.11.5-linuxx86.tar.gz

And you will get the 'ccl' directory. Go to the 'ccl' directory and copy the 'ccl64' bin file to '/usr/bin' directory.

cd /usr/local/src/ccl
sudo cp scripts/ccl64 /usr/bin/

Now verify the 'Clozure Common Lisp' installation by running the 'ccl64' command.

ccl64

And make sure you get the result as below.

Install Common Lisp

The 'Clozure Common lisp' is now installed. And if you want to exit from the 'ccl' shell, type the quit command.

(quit)

Step 5 - Install Quicklisp

Quicklisp is a library manager for the Common Lisp. We need the 'Quicklisp' installed on the system because turtl loads all of its dependencies through the Quicklisp system.

Before installing Quicklisp, please add a new user for turtl installation.

useradd -m -s /bin/bash turtl
passwd turtl

Now login as the 'turtl' user.

su - turtl

Download the 'quicklisp.lisp' and 'asdf.lisp' files using the wget/curl command.

wget https://common-lisp.net/project/asdf/asdf.lisp
curl -O https://beta.quicklisp.org/quicklisp.lisp

Now load 'quicklisp.lisp' using the 'ccl64' command as below.

ccl64 --load quicklisp.lisp

And you will get the 'ccl' shell command line. Install Quicklisp using the command below.

(quicklisp-quickstart:install)

The command will download all dependencies for Quicklisp. And after it's complete, add the Quicklisp 'init' file and load  'asdf.lisp'.

(ql:add-to-init-file)
(load (compile-file "asdf.lisp"))

When it's complete, exit from the 'ccl' shell.

(quit)

And remove 'quicklisp.lisp' and 'asdf.lisp' files.

rm -f asdf.lisp quicklisp.lisp

Quiclisp has been installed.

Install Quicklisp

Step 6 - Download and Install Turtl Server

In this step, we will install Turtl under the 'turtl' user that we've created on the top.

Login as the 'turtl' user and clone the turtl source code using git.

su - turtl
git clone https://github.com/turtl/api.git

Go to the 'api' directory and create new file 'launch.lisp' using vim.

cd /home/turtl/api
vim launch.lisp

Paste the following configuration there.

(pushnew "./" asdf:*central-registry* :test #'equal)
(load "start")

Save and exit.

Next, we need to install some dependencies for turtl. Go to the quicklisp directory and clone all dependencies.

cd ~/quicklisp/local-projects

Download all dependencies by running all commands below.

git clone git://github.com/orthecreedence/cl-hash-util
git clone git://github.com/orthecreedence/vom
git clone git://github.com/orthecreedence/cl-async
git clone git://github.com/orthecreedence/cffi
git clone git://github.com/orthecreedence/wookie
git clone git://github.com/orthecreedence/cl-rethinkdb
git clone git://github.com/orthecreedence/cl-libuv
git clone git://github.com/orthecreedence/drakma-async
git clone https://github.com/Inaimathi/cl-cwd.git

And edit the ccl init file.

vim /home/turtl/.ccl-init.lisp

Go to the end of the line, paste the following configuration there.

(cwd "/home/turtl/api")
(load "/home/turtl/api/launch")

Save and exit.

Now copy the default turtl configuration 'config.lisp' and edit it using vim.

cp /home/turtl/api/config/config.default.lisp /home/turtl/api/config/config.lisp
vim /home/turtl/api/config/config.lisp

On the 'server-bind' line, add the localhost IP address as below.

defvar *server-bind* "127.0.0.1"

Save and exit.

Install Turtl Server

After all of the configuration is complete, start the turtl server using the 'ccl64' command.

ccl64

The command will install Turtl server API, and when it's complete you will get the result as below.

Turtl server api

Press 'Ctrl + c' and type '(quit)' to exit.

Step 7 - Running Turtl Server as a Service

The Turtl server API has been installed under the 'turtl' user. And for this tutorial, we will run turtl as a service.

Go to the '/lib/systemd/system' directory and create a new 'turtl.service' file using vim.

cd /lib/systemd/system/
vim turtl.service

Paste the following turtl service configuration there.

 [Unit]
Description=turtl_service
After=network.target mysql.service postgresql.service

[Service]
User=turtl
ExecStart=/usr/bin/ccl64
Restart=always

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Save and exit.

Now reload systemd and start the turtl service using the systemctl command.

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl start turtl

Running Turtl Server as a Service

Add the turtl service to the boot time and check the turtl service status.

systemctl enable turtl
systemctl status turtl

You should get the result as below.

Turtl service status

The turtl service is now running as a service on CentOS 7 system.

Step 8 - Install and Configure Apache/httpd as a Reverse Proxy for Turtl

In this tutorial, we will run the Turtl server under the Apache/httpd reverse proxy server. The Turtl server is now running under the local IP '127.0.0.1' with port '8181', and now we will install the Apache2 web server and configure it as a reverse proxy for the Turtl server.

Install apache2 with all dependencies using the yum command below.

yum -y install httpd mod_proxy_html

After the installation is complete, add new virtual host file for Turtl.

Go to the '/etc/httpd/conf.d' directory and create a new virtual host file 'turtl.conf'.

cd /etc/httpd/conf.d/
vim turtl.conf

Paste the following virtual host configuration there.

<VirtualHost *:80>

ServerName turtl.hakase-labs.co
ServerAdmin [email protected]

ProxyPreserveHost On
ProxyRequests off
RewriteEngine On

<Proxy http://localhost:8181>
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
</Proxy>

ProxyPass / http://127.0.0.1:8181/ Keepalive=On timeout=1600
ProxyPassReverse / http://127.0.0.1:8181/

LogLevel info

CustomLog /var/log/httpd/turtl.log combined

</VirtualHost>

Save and exit.

Now check the Apache configuration and make sure there is no error.

apachectl configtest

Now, restart the httpd service and enable it to launch everytime at system boot.

systemctl restart httpd
systemctl enable httpd

Apache/httpd as a Reverse Proxy for Turtl

The Apache2/httpd web server has been installed on the CentOS 7 system, and it acts as a reverse proxy for Turtl application on port 8181.

Check it using the netstat command below.

netstat -plntu

Check service port bindings

Step 9 - Testing

Download the turtl client application and open it.

Click on the 'Create an Account' link.

Testing Turtl

Now click the 'I will remember my login' button.

Remember login

Type your email address with password and your Turtl server domain name.

Enter email address and domain name

And click the 'Join' button.

Now you will get a new window - click the 'skip this step' button.

Skip new window

And you will get the blank turtl dashboard. Here, you can add new note, password, files, bookmark etc.

Turtl dashboard

The Turtl server installation on CentOS 7 system has been completed successfully.

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