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How to run a Webserver on Standalone Deployments

Some config options require a webserver that can server content. These are for example :

Changing Element Web apperance with custom background pictures. Or Providing a HomePage for display in Element Web.

You can run a Webserver in Element Server Suite deployemnts. This guide is applicable to the Single Node deployment of Element Server Suite but can be used for guidance on how to host a webserver in the Kubernetes Cluster deployemnts as well.

You an use any webserver that you like, in this example we will user the Bitnami Apache chart.

Install helm on the machine that you are using to manage your deployment. Makes sure to use Helm version 3.

curl | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/helm.gpg > /dev/null
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https --yes
echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/helm.gpg] all main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/helm-stable-debian.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install helm

Add the bitnami repository

helm repo add bitnami

Update the repo information

helm repo update

We need add configurations to adjust the apache deployment to our needs. The K8s service should be switched to ClusterIP. The Single Node deployemnt includes an Ingress configuration through nginx that we can use to route traffic to this webserver. The name of the ingressClass is "nginx". We will need a hostname as well. This name needs to be resolvable through DNS. This could be done through the wildcard entry for *.$BASEDOMAIN that you might already have.

Create a file called apache-values.yml in the home directory of your element user directory. Remember to replace BASEDOMAIN with the correct value for your deployment.

  type: ClusterIP
  enabled: true
  ingressClassName: "nginx"
  hostname: pages.BASEDOMAIN
htdocsConfigMap: "apache-content"

We will be using a config map to load the content that the webserver will serve.

Create a directory to supply this content :

mkdir apache-content

Put your content into the apache-content directory.

cp /tmp/background.jpg ~element/apache-content/
cp /tpm/home.html ~element/apache-content/

We can now create the apache-content config map from the content in the apache-content directory

kubectl create cm apache-content --from-file=./apache-content/

Now we are ready to deploy the apache helm chart

helm install myhomepage -f apache-values.yaml oci://