This is a follow-up for the previous Raspberry PI2 – Standalone Thingspeak server installationBecause many people have encountered lots of issues with the installation, mainly r8188eu WIFI chipset driver issues or strange compile problems, I was thinking to give a chance also to the new RASPBIAN Jessie, maybe it might be possible to make life easier for many of us.

The setup environment remain the same, same remain the SD Card flashing process, so please take a look first at : Raspberry PI2 – Standalone Thingspeak server installation

First thing: because I use RPI2 board headless, I have disabled the new default boot to graphical interface that Jessie has, CLI is more than enough for me.

GOOD NEWS!! The issue with the r8188eu WIFI seems to be solved. At least my dongle worked this time out of the box, nothing fancy to be done anymore.

Below is the full transcript of a Thingspeak Server installation process finished about 30 min ago, using a fresh new RASPBIAN Jessie image:

System Update & required packages install

  • Switched over to SSH remote access with Putty – accept new key
  • Change “pi” account password:
  • Set ROOT password, so you can then use root (just for very, very special things!)
pi@RPIMON1~$sudo passwd root
  • System Update & upgrade  :
 pi@RPIMON1~$sudo apt-get update
 pi@RPIMON1~$sudo apt-get upgrade
 pi@RPIMON1~$sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
 pi@RPIMON1~$sudo sync
  • Reboot:
 pi@RPIMON1~$ sudo reboot
  • INSTALL Required packages:
           pi@RPIMON1~$sudo apt-get -y install build-essential git mysql-server mysql-client 
                                        libmysqlclient-dev libxml2-dev libxslt-dev libssl-dev libsqlite3-dev  


MySQL Database configuration

 pi@RPIMON1~$mysql --user=root mysql -p useyourpasswd here
 pi@RPIMON1~$mysql> CREATE USER 'thing'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'speak’;
 pi@RPIMON1~$mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'thing'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;
 pi@RPIMON1~$mysql> commit;
 pi@RPIMON1~$mysql> exit;


Ruby / Rails install

 pi@RPIMON1~$tar xvzf ruby-2.1.5.tar.gz
 pi@RPIMON1~$cd ruby-2.1.5

Files:        962
Classes:     1414 ( 566 undocumented)
Modules:      268 (  87 undocumented)
Constants:   2098 ( 624 undocumented)
Attributes:  1146 ( 272 undocumented)
Methods:    10651 (2228 undocumented)

Total:      15577 (3777 undocumented)
75.75% documented

Elapsed: 812.6s

(That means you need to be VERY patient thru the entire process ! 🙂 )

 pi@RPIMON1~$sudo make install
 pi@RPIMON1~$cd ..
 pi@RPIMON1~$echo "gem: --no-rdoc --no-ri" >> ${HOME}/.gemrc
 pi@RPIMON1~$sudo gem install rails 



pi@RPIMON1~$git clone
 pi@RPIMON1~$cp thingspeak/config/database.yml.example thingspeak/config/database.yml
 pi@RPIMON1~$cd thingspeak
 pi@RPIMON1~$bundle install
 pi@RPIMON1~$bundle exec rake db:create


pi@RPIMON1~$mysql --user=root mysql -p
 pi@RPIMON1~$mysql> show databases;

#+----------------------------  +
 #| Database                        |
 #+----------------------------  +
 #| information_schema        |
 #| mysql                              |
 #| performance_schema      |
 #| thingspeak_development |
 #| thingspeak_test               |

pi@RPIMON1~$mysql> exit; 

IF MYSQL DB OK  then :

     pi@RPIMON1~$bundle exec rake db:schema:load 


 pi@RPIMON1 ~/yourthingspeak $ rails server webrick.


That’s it! Prepare yourself for about 4 hours of patience 🙂

Waiting your feedback about!

1 Comment

MrBobo · February 25, 2018 at 11:16 pm

Does not work on current linux mint. Many error not found etc.

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