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Linux Service

On a Raspberry Pi, Ubuntu, and other Linux machines you can use systemd to run Makerverse as a service. This means it will start automatically on boot, and run in the background.

Note: these steps are already performed on the Raspberry Pi image.

  • Read the Docker launch instructions and make sure bin/launch works.
  • Once you’re sure the server is running the way you want it, terminate the server.
  • Now run bin/server install to create the service.

Useful Commands

Since Makerverse runs as a service, you can use all the standard systemd commands.

Type sudo systemctl [command] makerverse, replacing [command] with one of the following:

  • start: Run the application.
  • enable: Start the application automatically.
  • status: See application health.
  • restart: Restart the application.
  • stop: Stop the application.
  • disable: Do not start the application automatically.


If you would like to set one or more configuration (environment) variables, you will need to pass them to the service. For example, to set the port to 80 (which is done by default on the Raspberry Pi image), reinstall the service as follows (from the Makerverse directory):

sudo bin/ install $(whoami) "export MAKERVERSE_PORT=80"
  • The second parameter is the username (e.g., pi) which will run the service.
  • The third parameter will be prepended to the start command, in this case exporting the environment variable.


The following commands are helpful if something is not working:

  • Check if Makerverse is running: sudo systemctl status makerverse
  • Restart (and update!) Makerverse: sudo systemctl restart makerverse
  • See Makerverse server logs: docker logs makerverse
  • See all system logs (find problems with boot): journalctl -xe


Just run the launch script, i.e., makerverse/bin/launch. Details about the updating progress (if any) will be displayed on the screen before the server is restarted. Note that any clients will be disconnected, and any cuts/prints halted.