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To read more about Gemini and ways to test out this new protocol without your own server, see my previous post Launching a Gemini Capsule.
This guide assumes you have access to a server accessible to the world through a public IP address and that you own a domain name used for this Gemini capsule.
Getting Started with Agate
We are going to use Agate for this tutorial. This is a basic Gemini server written in Rust. It takes very little time and maintenance to get it running.
First, you will need to install the Rust package for your system. On
Ubuntu, use the following commands (remember to use
you are not the root user). The Rust installation will give you options
to customize the installation; I used the default installation options.
Remember to configure your shell with the new configuration:
Before we install agate, make sure you have the
Next, you'll need to install the agate executable with Rust's Cargo package maintainer:
Once Cargo has finished installing all the required packages, symlink the executable to your $PATH.
Using Agate's Built-In Installation Tool
If you're running Ubuntu or Debian, use the Debian installation script
found in Agate's GitHub repository, under the
Configure the Gemini Service
We have a little more to do, but since this script tries to immediately run the service, it will likely fail with an exit code. Let's add our finishing touches. Edit the following file and replace the hostname with your desired URL. You can also change the directory where content will be served.
# Edit these lines to whatever you want - see the next code block for my personal configuration.
This is my personal config:
Since we've altered the systemd configuration files, we have to reload the daemon. Let's do that, restart our service, and check its status.
Fixing Systemd Errors
If you're still getting errors, the installation process may not have properly enabled the gemini service. Fix it with the following commands.
Great! Our server is now functional and running. The first consideration now is that you need to be able to access port 1965 on the server. If you have a firewall enabled, you'll need to open that port up.
Let's create the Gemini capsule. Note that wherever you set the WorkingDirectory variable to earlier, Agate will expect you to put your Gemini capsule contents in a sub-folder called "content." So, I place my files in "/var/gmi/content." I'm going to create that folder now and put a file in there.
You can put whatever you want in the "index.gmi" file, just make sure it's valid Gemtext.
Here are some screenshots of the Gemini page I just created in the Lagrange browser and the amfora browser.