Getting started

Quick start guide

This guide will give an introduction on how to install and run Convos. It is very easy to get started, but you can also tweak many settings afterwards to make Convos fit your needs.

The two commands below will download and start Convos:

$ curl | sh -
$ ./convos/script/convos daemon

That’s it! After the commands above, you can point your browser to http://localhost:3000 and start chatting.

Note that to register, you need a invitation code. This code is printed to screen as you start convos:

[Sun Aug 21 11:18:03 2016] [info] Generated CONVOS_INVITE_CODE="b34b0ab873e80419b9a2170de8ca8190"

The invite code can be set to anything you like. Check out the configuration guide for more details.

Have a look at this blog post if you want to run Convos inside Docker.

Running convos

$ ./script/convos daemon --help

The command above will provide more information about command line arguments. One useful switch is how to specify a listen port and make Convos bind to a specific address:

$ ./script/convos daemon --listen

See also the configuration guide for more --listen options or the FAQ for how to run Convos behind your favorite web server.


Upgrading Convos is as simple as installing it. Just need to stop Convos before fetching the latest version:

$ killall convos
$ curl | sh -
$ ./convos/script/convos daemon

See the FAQ for more information.

Optional modules

There are some optional modules that can be installed to enhance the experience. The command below will show if the modules are installed or not:

$ ./script/convos version

One very useful addition is EV, which makes Convos faster. It can be installed with the command below:

$ perl ./script/cpanm --sudo EV

Snap Install

Install Convos in seconds on Ubuntu and other snap supported Linux distributions with:

snap install convos

Installing a snap is very quick. Snaps are secure. They are isolated with all of their dependencies. Snaps also auto update when a new version is released.

Hypnotoad and Prefork

It is not possible to run Convos with hypnotoad nor the prefork server. The reason for this is that the Convos core requires shared memory, which a forked environment contradicts.

You need to run Convos in single process, using the “daemon” sub command shown above.


Want to learn more? Check out the configuration guide, the FAQ or the documentation index.