The Raspberry PI is a really inexpensive little computer. It has an ARM
processor, 512 MB of RAM and it runs Linux. I use it to host my website
at home. It's a perfect fit for Octopress.

In this article I explain, how you I set it up. I assume that its pretty
simple for everyone using Octopress of course 😉

Bootstrapping the Raspberry Pi

First download Raspbian. It's a variant of Debian, that is optimized for
the Raspberry Pi.


Unzip it:


And then transfer it onto a SD-Card.

sudo dd bs=1m if=2012-12-16-wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/rdisk2

Now put the SD-Card into your Raspberry Pi and boot.

Afterwards you should change some defaults in the configuration tool for
your RaspberryPi.

sudo raspi-config


  • Change the memory split to 16 MB (your server does not need fancy
  • Expand the root partition to fill your SD-Card
  • Change the password for the pi user


sudo reboot now

Time for SSH

Now is the time to use your bigger computer and SSH into your
Raspberry Pi.


Look up the ip for eth0. In my case it's Another possibility is to use the Web Interface of your router. Usually you should see the IP there as well.

Now log into your pi.

ssh pi@THEIP

The webserver

We need a webserver, so lets install one.

sudo aptitude install apache2

Check if it works - enter the IP of your Raspberry Pi into your
Webbrowser. You should see It Works.


Octopress uses rsync in order to deploy its files. You can install it with:

sudo aptitude install rsync


Now its time to configure octopress.

cd octopress
vim Rakefile

Change the Rsync options to:

## -- Rsync Deploy config --
ssh_user       = "pi@THE_IP_OF_YOUR_RASPBERRY_PI"
ssh_port       = "22"
document_root  = "/var/www/"
rsync_delete   = false
rsync_args     = ""  # Any extra arguments to pass to rsync
deploy_default = "rsync"

Add the authorized key

Copy your public key into your clipboard. If you do not have one yet, you have to generate a key-pair.

Your key should be stored in ~/.ssh and end with a .pub

ls ~/.ssh/

Copy it into your clipboard.

Then add it to your Raspberry Pi

cd ~
mkdir .ssh
nano ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Paste your key and save. Then adjust the permissions.

chmod 600 .ssh/authorized_keys


We're nearly done now. The webserver runs. You should be able to login
into you Raspberry Pi without a password and rsync is ready to go. So
lets deploy.

cd octopress
bundle exec rake gen_deploy

Now reload the browser again.


Tada! You're done. You should see your website on the RaspberryPi now.