Using the Amazon AMI

To make installation easier, we provide an packer build that creates an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). This AMI is built from an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS image, and is HVM based. While our ultimate plan is to provide this AMI on the AWS Marketplace, we don’t have this set up yet.

Building an AMI


The build script that runs packer requires you to have python installed locally.

1. Install Packer

If you haven’t already, install packer using their documentation here. We recommend using homebrew for the installation if you’re using OSX.

2. Accept License

Before building with packer, you must accept the license agreement for the base Ubuntu AMI:

3. Clone Repository

git clone
cd stackdio

4. Export AWS Credentials

Ensure packer knows about your aws credentials:


5. Run the packer build

Finally, run the packer build, where <version> is the version you want to build:

./packer/ <version>

After a few minutes, you should have a usable AMI.

Using the AMI

After you’ve built the AMI, you can launch an instance from it. Once the instance is running, you can navigate to http://<instance-ip>/ and login using the following credentials:

username: admin
password: stackdio

We recommend changing this password immediately after logging in the first time.