EC2 Quickstart

Create an Ubuntu Virtual Machine in EC2

  1. Click ‘EC2’ from the list of services.

  2. Click ‘Launch Instance’

  3. Select Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

  4. For purposes of this tutorial, a ‘t2.micro’ instance is fine but if you plan to serve other users from this instance start with a ‘t2.large’ instance.

  5. Click ‘Review and Launch’

  6. Configure a new security group with access to SSH and HTTP.

  7. Choose or create an appropriate key-pair.

Wait until the instance launches. Click on the instance in the table and note the IP address. The IP address and then connect using ssh.

Use ssh to connect to the instance

ssh -i [path to your key] ubuntu@[ip address]

Once you’re in…

Add the UbuntuGIS PPA

These commands will add the Ubuntu open-source GIS personal-package archive. This provides known working version of common open-source applications include GDAL and MapServer.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ppa
sudo apt-get update

GeoMoose Runtime Deps

The GeoMoose demos assume MapServer is installed on the server. The next step will install Apache, MapServer, and the GDAL command line tools.

sudo apt-get install -y \
    apache2 \
    mapserver-bin cgi-mapserver gdal-bin

GeoMoose Install Dependencies

GeoMoose can be installed either via Git or through its ZIP packages. This will install both the unzip and git command line tools.

sudo apt-get install -y \
    git-core \

Install GeoMoose

For the purposes of this tutorial GeoMoose’s examples and demonstration data will be installed into /srv/geomoose.

sudo mkdir /srv/geomoose
sudo chown ubuntu:ubuntu /srv/geomoose
cd /srv/geomoose

Download and unzip the GeoMoose examples and demo data. The examples zip file also includes the GeoMoose library.



Make things available in the apache document root

sudo ln -s /srv/geomoose/gm3-examples/htdocs /var/www/html/geomoose
sudo a2enmod cgi
sudo apachectl restart

Setup the config.js

Create a new config.js file in /srv/geomoose/gm3-examples/htdocs/desktop. Put the followings into config.js:

    mapserver_url: "/cgi-bin/mapserv",
    mapfile_root: "/srv/geomoose/gm3-demo-data/"

GeoMoose should be up and running!

Open your web-browser to http://[the ip address you found before]/geomoose/desktop/.