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Deploying Strapi on an AWS Lightsail Instance: A Step-By-Step Guide

Deploying Strapi on an AWS Lightsail Instance


Deploying Strapi on AWS Lightsail doesn't have to be a daunting task. This guide will walk you through the step-by-step process for a smooth and successful deployment. By following these steps, you'll find it easier to launch, manage, and scale your Strapi applications.

Table of Contents

  1. Prerequisites

  2. Create an AWS Lightsail Instance

  3. Connect to Your Instance

  4. Install Dependencies

  5. Install Strapi

  6. Configure Strapi

  7. Run Strapi

  8. Conclusion


  • An AWS Account

  • Basic knowledge of SSH

  • Node.js and npm installed locally

Create an AWS Lightsail Instance

  1. Login to AWS Management Console: Navigate to the AWS Lightsail homepage and log in.

  2. Create Instance: Click on 'Create instance'.

  3. Choose OS: Select 'Linux/Unix' and then choose 'Ubuntu'.

  4. Pick Plan: Choose your desired plan.

  5. Instance Name: Name your instance for easy identification.

  6. Create: Click 'Create instance'.

Connect to Your Instance

  1. SSH into Instance: Use your favorite SSH client to connect to your new instance. You'll find your public IP on the Lightsail dashboard.

]# ssh ubuntu@[your-public-ip]

Install Dependencies

  1. Update Package List sudo apt-get update

  2. Install Node.js and npm sudo apt install -y nodejs npm

  3. Verify Installation ]# node -v npm -v

Install Strapi

  1. Create Project Directory ]# mkdir MyStrapiProject && cd MyStrapiProject

  2. Install Strapi ]# npx create-strapi-app .

  3. Choose Setup Options: Follow the prompts to set up your database and other configurations.

Configure Strapi

  1. Environment Configurations: Edit the .env file for environment-specific settings.

  2. Database Configurations: Adjust config/database.js for your database settings.

Run Strapi

  1. Navigate to Project Directory cd MyStrapiProject

  2. Start Strapi npm run develop

  3. Access Strapi: Open your web browser and go to http://[your-public-ip]:1337/admin to start using Strapi.


You've successfully deployed a Strapi application on an AWS Lightsail instance. You can now start building powerful backends for your web and mobile applications. Happy coding!

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