To help people to get started with MapIt, we have created an AMI (Amazon Machine Image) with a basic installation of MapIt, which you can use to create a running server on an Amazon EC2 instance.
If you haven’t used Amazon Web Services before, then you can get a Micro instance which will be free for a year.
The AMI can be found in the EU West (Ireland) region, with the ID
ami-2099e353 and name “MapIt installation 2016-09-22”.
You can launch an instance based on that AMI with
When you create an EC2 instance based on that AMI, make sure that you choose Security Groups that allows at least inbound HTTP, HTTPS and SSH.
When your EC2 instance is launched, you will be able to log in as the
ubuntu user. This user can
sudo freely to run commands as root.
However, the code is actually owned by (and runs as) the
After creating the instance, you may want to edit a configuration
file to set a couple of parameters. That configuration file is
/home/mapit/mapit/conf/general.yml, which can be edited with:
ubuntu@ip-10-58-191-98:~$ sudo su - mapit mapit@ip-10-58-191-98:~$ cd mapit mapit@ip-10-58-191-98:~/mapit$ nano conf/general.yml
You should set
BUGS_EMAIL to your email address. You should also
COUNTRY settings, as described in the
manual installation instructions.
Note if you change the SRID at this point, you will need to revert and then re-migrate the database as it will already have been set up with the initial SRID:
source ../virtualenv-mapit/bin/activate ./manage.py migrate mapit zero ./manage.py migrate mapit
Then you should then restart the MapIt Django server with:
mapit@ip-10-58-191-98:~/mapit$ logout ubuntu@ip-10-58-191-98:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/mapit restart
You will need to create an admin user if you want to be able to use
MapIt’s web admin interface. To create an admin user, you need to use
createsuperuser Django admin command, similar to the following
ubuntu@ip-10-64-6-199:~$ sudo su - mapit mapit@ip-10-64-6-199:~$ cd /var/www/mapit/mapit mapit@ip-10-64-6-199:~/mapit$ source ../virtualenv-mapit/bin/activate (mapit)mapit@ip-10-64-6-199:~/mapit$ ./manage.py createsuperuser Username (Leave blank to use 'mapit'): mapitadmin E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: Password (again): Superuser created successfully.
… and check that you can now login to the admin interface by
/admin on your site.
Now you will probably want to carry on to import some data.