Deploying Girder on AWS Lightsail doesn't serve

I’m trying to deploy a brand new Girder 3 instance on an AWS Lightsail VPS, and I can’t firgure out why it’s not working.

Steps to reproduce (based on

  • Created a new VPS running Ubuntu 18
  • Opened up the network to allow access to port 8080
  • Installed python, mongo, and node (as per readthedocs)
  • Built the project with girder build
  • Ran the server with girder serve

There was no response from the server at the root IP, nor IP:8080

Next, I tested a very minimal Node.js app running at port 8080, and that served fine.

I also ran the server with girder serve --port, and in this case, the root IP responds with Not Found, but still nothing at IP:8080

I’m a bit at a loss on what to try next, so any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Hi @rbaustin,

Can you do the following:

  1. SSH into your server
  2. Run girder serve
  3. Paste the full output here
  4. SSH into your server again from a separate SSH session (while the first is still running)
  5. Run curl -v
  6. Paste the full output here

Sure thing @brianhelba

Output from girder serve:

Running in mode: production
Connecting to MongoDB: mongodb://localhost:27017/girder
[05/Dec/2019:16:47:59] ENGINE Bus STARTING
[05/Dec/2019:16:47:59] ENGINE Started monitor thread '_TimeoutMonitor'.
Started asynchronous event manager thread.
[05/Dec/2019:16:47:59] ENGINE Serving on
[05/Dec/2019:16:47:59] ENGINE Bus STARTED

Output from curl:

* Rebuilt URL to:
*   Trying
* Connected to ( port 8080 (#0)
> GET / HTTP/1.1
> Host:
> User-Agent: curl/7.58.0
> Accept: */*
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:49:28 GMT
< Content-Length: 1188
< Content-Type: text/html;charset=utf-8
< Server: Girder 3.0.5
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/static/built/girder_lib.min.css">
    <link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/static/built/Girder_Favicon.png">
    <div id="g-global-info-apiroot" class="hide">/girder/api/v1</div>
    <script src="/static/built/girder_lib.min.js"></script>
    <script src="/static/built/girder_app.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        $(function () {
   = new girder.views.App({
                el: 'body',
                parentView: null,
                contactEmail: 'kitware\u0040kitware\u002Ecom',
                privacyNoticeHref: 'https\u003A\u002F\u002Fwww\u002Ekitware\u002Ecom\u002Fprivacy',
                brandName: 'Girder',
                bannerColor: '\u00233F3B3B',
                registrationPolicy: 'open',
                enablePasswordLogin: true
* Connection #0 to host left intact

Alright, I’m an idiot. I think the server IP got changed on me between running girder serve and girder serve --host It kind of works now, although I do have some errors. But I am in the right place to continue. Sorry about that. Not sure how to close this issue.

I’m glad you’ve resolved the issue, @rbaustin. I’m happy to help as a rubber duck.