Installing mosquitto on 20.04

I want to install mosquitto on Ubuntu 20.04, but Digital Ocean only has a tutorial for doing this under 18.04. Is the proceedure the exact sme for 20.04? I’m asking because I couldn’t complete the install without running into an error when trying to restart mosquitto.


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Installation and configuration procedure described in tutorial for Ubuntu 18.04 is suitable for Ubuntu 20.04 as well. However, keep in mind that Mosquitto has evolved since the tutorial was published. There are some improvements/changes in its configuration. For example, since ver. 1.5 you can differentiate some settings per listener. I recommend taking a look at a manual of the version you are using by typing in your command line:

man mosquitto.conf

To troubleshoot the problem check Mosquitto’s log which (by default) is located due to configuration in /etc/mosquitto/mosquitto.conf

log_dest file /var/log/mosquitto/mosquitto.log

Due to above settings, display last 100 lines of the log file:

sudo tail -100 /var/log/mosquitto/mosquitto.log

…and check what is going there.

As the error may be related to some mistake made in config file, I am giving a portion of my config for reference:

per_listener_settings false
allow_anonymous false
password_file /etc/mosquitto/passwd

listener 1883 localhost

listener 8883
cafile /etc/letsencrypt/live/mydomain.what/chain.pem
certfile /etc/letsencrypt/live/mydomain.what/cert.pem
keyfile /etc/letsencrypt/live/mydomain.what/privkey.pem

Let me know how it works, pls.

Hello @N4TTY ,

There should not be any major difference in the tutorial for Ubuntu 20.04 I recommend following to setup Ubuntu 20.04 and then to install Mosquitto.

Let us know if you are stuck at any point.

Cheers, Lalitha