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Installing HiveMind on a Digital Ocean droplet as a cloud IDE

Digital Oceon is the hot cloud hosting provider that makes setting up a cloud box a breeze.

Well it gets even easier when you throw HiveMind into the mix. HiveMind gives you a one-box hassle-free web app solution.

Assuming you are using a Ubuntu droplet (why would you be using anything else?:)), on the command line do the following:

  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
  4. cd /home
  5. wget
  6. sudo apt-get install unzip
  7. unzip
  8. cd hivemind/bin
  9. ./ start
  10. goto: http://your-digitalocean-ipaddress:7000
  11. login with: developer/developer

You now have a ready to use web app platform that supports a bunch of languages, you can create new web apps as you need to.

Once you are logged in, you can change the login by going to System menu on the upper right and selecting Manage Users.


  1. When i do "./ start" i get this output: "Starting Jetty: FAILED Mon Apr 28 22:28:37 EDT 2014"

    but when i do "./ run" it works

    what is the difference between the commands "Start" and "Run" ?
    and why does the command "Start" not work ?

    1. That's Interesting... ./ start is what we use and it works...if you look at the script the run option is available but it appears to serve the same purpose as start...both works on our systems.

      I'll post a message to the Jetty mailing list to find out if there's a difference.

      What OS and version are running on?

      Also please post follow-up questions to our Google user group:!forum/crudzilla-web-application-builder-user-group



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