How do I setup ngninx on the same droplet as a manual install of Discource (forum)?

January 12, 2019 256 views
Nginx Ubuntu 18.04

I installed discource, using this tutorial. It worked great but now when I go to, it automatically redirects to my subdomain. Just doesn’t seem to work.

I am now confused on what to do next to be able to create a site, using the same droplet, on my domain.

I installed nginx but it gave me an error code, saying that the “Address already in use.”

All of the tutorials I am reading say to, for example, “Then, configure nginx to serve files from that directory. Open /etc/nginx/sites-available/default in your favorite text editor and update the line with the root directive such that it looks as follows:” I guess my problem might be, I have no idea how to edit get to these file and edit them in a text editor.

Appreciate any and all help y'all can throw my way.

1 Answer


You need to change the port that discourse listens on it, maybe use 8080 so you can use port 80 for Nginx.

Hope this helps.

  • Hi there, thanks for the help. So, in the app.yml, I need to change this portion:

      - "80:80"   # http
      - "443:443" # https


      - "8080:80"   # http
      - "443:443" # https

    Correct? And then rebuild the container?

    Edit: I did that an when running nginx in the console, it says it can’t bind to the port, so I guess that didn’t work, even after rebuilding?

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