Ethercalc installation in linux Mint 17 / Ubunt 14.04 / Debian 7.6

EtherCalc

EtherCalc is a Web Based Collaborative Spreadsheet similar to google drive. Your data is saved on the web, and many people can edit the same document at the same time. Everybody’s changes are instantly reflected on all screens. You can share your sheet to your friends and work together anywhere.

1) Installing pre-required packages

Before installing ethercalc, we need to install pre-required packages to install smoothly.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential git perl python

2) Installing nodejs

Ethercalc is using nodejs runtime to work. nodejs is perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:chris-lea/node.js
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get update
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install nodejs

3) Installing Redis

Redis is an open source software which is used for advanced key-value cache and store. It is often referred to as a data structure server. If we running Redis server in our system, EtherCalc will prefer it over file-based storage to improve performance.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
[email protected]:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rwky/redis
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get update
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install redis-server

# checking redis server status #
[email protected]:~$ redis-cli ping
PONG

4) Downloading / Installing ethercalc

Clone / Downloading ethercalc files from github

m[email protected]:/opt$ sudo git clone https://github.com/audreyt/ethercalc.git
Cloning into 'ethercalc'...
remote: Counting objects: 3043, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (15/15), done.
remote: Total 3043 (delta 1), reused 16 (delta 1)
Receiving objects: 100% (3043/3043), 4.18 MiB | 991.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (1159/1159), done.
Checking connectivity... done.

# instlling ethercalc #
[email protected]:/opt$ sudo npm install -g ethercalc

# start ethercalc #
[email protected]:/opt$ ethercalc
Please connect to: http://magesh-desktop:8000/
Starting backend using webworker-threads
Express server listening on port 8000 in development mode
Zappa 0.5.0 "You can't do that on stage anymore" orchestrating the show
Connected to Redis Server: localhost:6379
==> Regenerated snapshot for magesh

Navigate to http://localhost:8000 or http://your-IP:8000 to open ethercalc default page, see the below screen shot for ethercalc default page.
ethercalc-installation-in-linux-mint-17-ubunt-14-04-debian-7-6-4
If you want new sheet, just type /sheet-name follwed by http://localhost:8000. It will create it.
ethercalc-installation-in-linux-mint-17-ubunt-14-04-debian-7-6-4a
Referece : ethercalc home page

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11 Comments on “Ethercalc installation in linux Mint 17 / Ubunt 14.04 / Debian 7.6”

  1. Magesh,
    Many thanks for the tutorial.
    It’s work for me..
    I want to know, where ethercalc document is saved on server?
    Because i want to backup this document periodically..

    Thanks

  2. Hi,

    it’s a really good howto!

    everything runs fine, except the last command.

    I got the information “Connected to Redis Server: localhost:6379”. But I do not get the “==> regenerated snapshot for …”. However the application runs successfully. But I cannot go on working in the shell cause the process of starting ethercalc stays after the described information.

    I installed ethercalc exactly following your howto except the installation path /var/www. Parallel runs an owncloud instance with mysql.

    Do you have any ideas why it does not runs completely?

    Thanks

    1. Hey,

      I got later the following information:

      ” join [log-nurtmib685hf_formdata] [user-0.9822860635730972]
      join [log-nurtmib685hf] [user-0.9822860635730972]
      on disconnect
      join [log-nurtmib685hf_formdata] [user-0.5115819212819284]
      join [log-nurtmib685hf] [user-0.5115819212819284]
      on disconnect”

        1. Hey,

          thanks for your fast reply.

          The output to the #ethercalc command is almoust the output you described in the howto:

          Please connect to: http://192.168.2.201:8000/
          Starting backend using webworker-threads
          Express server listening on port 8000 in development mode
          Zappa 0.5.0 “You can’t do that on stage anymore” orchestrating the show
          Connected to Redis Server: localhost:6379

          After waiting for some minutes I got the following output:

          I got later the following information:

          ” join [log-nurtmib685hf_formdata] [user-0.9822860635730972]
          join [log-nurtmib685hf] [user-0.9822860635730972]
          on disconnect
          join [log-nurtmib685hf_formdata] [user-0.5115819212819284]
          join [log-nurtmib685hf] [user-0.5115819212819284]
          on disconnect”

          While waiting I am not able to give new commands, I guess the system is loading / running.

          The interessting point is that I can use ethercalc in the browser while waiting for the output. When the output is shown I cannot use ethercalc.

  3. Hi!

    Thanks for that howto, it helped me a lot to setup ethercalc on my dedicated server.

    I added an nginx proxy to have accessible from the outside world through https.

    I was wondering if there was any place in the files where I could edit things (i don’t actually know what), or where are stored all the pads (if I want to back up everything for example!)

    thank you again!

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