Installing Discourse for the First Time Using Vultr Hosting

Hey guys,

I want to start a forum and I have chosen vultr for cloud compute. But am still confused on some details I read on this forum and online too. I use windows 10 and I don’t know if it relates to installing dicourse on a cloud server.

This is where I got stuck. Should I pick Windows or any other OS? Is it according the OS I use on my PC?

I just need someone to explain the whole process to me. Thanks

The OS you choose is the one that the cloud server will run. We recommend Ubuntu 16.04 as the OS for all installs.


Are you following these instructions?. They make it pretty clear that Ubuntu is what is recommended.

EDIT: Apologies if you are following those directions, but if you’re not, you’ll have another 100 questions that are supposed to be easy to find there.



You want Ubuntu 16.04, the install instructions for discourse are in:
discourse/ at master · discourse/discourse · GitHub

You also need to decide what email provider you want to use, and get that setup before you run ./discourse-setup , as that will ask you for information about your mail provider.

My advice is even if you get all the way through the install and everything works, play with it a bit i.e. create some categories, and some posts, and a couple of users, and get used to how updates, deletions, backups and such work, including the CLI commands and shutting down and restarting your server. Take notes about what commands you ran, and what they do.

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the basic admin tasks, then start again from scratch before you start inviting people and go live with your forum.

Good luck.


does anyone have the latest guide? For a version 18.04

The only official guide works: discourse/ at master · discourse/discourse · GitHub


I’m getting this error, I don’t know why.

Server is online

Disable CloudFlare. You don’t need it and it makes troubleshooting harder.


I will use in a subdomain, how to use without cloudflare? my main domain is on wordpress

@Eduardo_Braga I think, you haven’t added the DNS record and have * to catch all. You can add A record for forum with the Vultr IP address

The DNS is still pointing to Cloudflare -

Not sure if the A record are appended with the domain or not. Can you give the full path “” in the Name fields?

Usually, if you add the A record, atleast one server picks it up in 5-10 mins across the globe. As non of them have picked it, DNS is not mapped correctly.

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You can always disable cloudflare on subdomain by turning the relevant record’s orange cloud to grey.

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did not work


I tried with digitalocean and also vultr.

Sorry for the delayed response, I’m not feeling well.

I can see that your digitalocean IP is linked with your sub-domain - which is good.

Is the discourse app installed? If so, can you re-build the app?

Continued here: Cloudflare with Discourse