Installing Passenger + Standalone on an AWS production server
for Node.js apps + Debian 9 (with APT)

This page describes the installation of Passenger through the following operating system or installation method: Debian 9 (with APT). Not the configuration you are looking for? Go back to the operating system / installation method selection menu.

On this page, we will install Passenger. After installing Passenger we can begin with deploying the app.

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Step 1: install Passenger packages

These commands will install Passenger through Phusion's APT repository.

# Install our PGP key and add HTTPS support for APT
sudo apt-get install -y dirmngr gnupg
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 561F9B9CAC40B2F7
sudo apt-get install -y apt-transport-https ca-certificates

# Add our APT repository
sudo sh -c 'echo deb stretch main > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/passenger.list'
sudo apt-get update

# Install Passenger
sudo apt-get install -y passenger

Step 2: check installation

After installation, please validate the install by running sudo /usr/bin/passenger-config validate-install. For example:

$ sudo /usr/bin/passenger-config validate-install
 * Checking whether this Phusion Passenger install is in PATH... ✓
 * Checking whether there are no other Phusion Passenger installations... ✓

All checks should pass. If any of the checks do not pass, please follow the suggestions on screen.

Step 3: update regularly

Passenger updates and system updates are delivered through the APT package manager regularly. You should run the following command regularly to keep them up to date:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

After an update, you should restart all your Passenger instances so that the updates take effect.

Next step

Now that you have installed Passenger, you are ready to deploy your Node.js application on the production server!

Continue: Deploy app »