June 11, 2022

Configure a API Backend Server with custom domain on Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 Ubuntu with NGINX and Certbot SSL

Hi all,

Build your own API backend server on AWS free-tier with SSL.

The below steps with reference links will provide detailed information of each step.

  1. AWS account - Free-tier
  2. Create EC2 Ubuntu
  3. Connect to Ubuntu from your local using SSH/Putty
  4. Install NodeJS
    1. Open terminal
    2. curl -fsSL http://deb.nodesource.com/setup_lts.x | sudo -E bash -
    3. sudo apt update
    4. sudo apt install nodejs //installs latest LTS nodejs
  5. Create a sample node server
  6. Install and configure node server process manager
    1. sudo npm install -g pm2@latest
    2. Navigate to nodejs server folder
    3. pm2 start <filename>
    4. pm2 startup systemd
    5. pm2 save
    6. pm2 list // List all the nodejs apps with status
    7. pm2 stop/restart/start app_name/id // Actions of nodejs servers
  7. Install Nginx
  8. Configure your domain DNS records to map to AWS EC2 public/elastic IP address
  9. Secure Nginx with SSL certs

Hope the above information is useful to set up the environment and play with your backend server.

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