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Getting started is easy via a VPS on AWS or DigitalOcean (although Cabot can be hosted anywhere). Cabot is designed for deployment on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Step by step

  1. Clone:

    $ git clone
    # Clone the repo
    $ cd cabot
  2. Add your keys for external services to conf/production.env using production.env.example as a template:

    $ cp conf/production.env.example conf/production.env
  3. Spin up a new VPS instance (on e.g. AWS or DigitalOcean) - you can create a new DigitalOcean “droplet” from the command line via tugboat (NB tugboat command line arguments seem a little unstable, so if you get an error, you may have to change them)

    $ tugboat create cabot --size=2gb --image=ubuntu-12-04-x64 --region=nyc1
    # create a new droplet called `cabot` with 1GB of memory running Ubuntu 12.04 in New York region
    # --image and --size arguments seem to change, see tugboat docs for details
  4. Provision the newly-created VPS using Fabric

    $ fab provision -H root@your.server.hostname
    # This will:
    # * install dependencies on the new server
    # * create a new `ubuntu` user that will be able to connect over SSH (for API compatibility with Amazon's Ubuntu AMIs).
  5. Deploy to the provisioned server:

    $ fab deploy -H ubuntu@your.server.hostname
    # NB using `ubuntu` not `root` as above
    # Will prompt you to create a Django superuser which you'll use to log in via web and create additional users.
  6. Create a user account:

     $ fab -H ubuntu@your.server.hostname create_user:"username,password,email"
  7. Navigate in web browser to your.server.hostname, log in as superuser, and create your first Services and Checks using the web interface.

  8. (Optional) get woken up at 3 a.m. by an automated phone call telling you the server you’re monitoring has crashed.

Currently provisioning is done by the bin/ script.