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Installing MIMO in less than 30 minutes

If you’re looking for splash pages, email capture, GDPR compliance features and you want to run everything from EC2, look no futher! Here we’ll talk you through everything you need to run MIMO on EC2.

Step 1 - Create an EC2 Server

Launch an Ubuntu 16 instance with 2GB RAM - the t2.small should do it. You might need more RAM later on but this one’s good to start. You could try with less but it’s not recommended.

Make sure you click Configure Instance Details not the launch instance button. We need to open some firewall ports and increase the storage!

You can skip through the next page - Configure Instance Details - unless you want to change any settings here. Click the Add Storage button.

On the following screen, increase the disk size to 25Gb - you can choose less if you’re just testing.

Once you’ve done that, click the Add Tags button. You can skip this too unless you want to change these settings too.

Click the Add Security Group button and add the following rules to allow http and https traffic to your server.

We also recommend restricting ssh access to this machine too - enter your current public IP to secure things further.

Last but not least, hit Review and Lauch and then Launch to get things started.

Wait for about 60 seconds, grab your ssh key and then ssh into your machine:

If you setup a public key, you might need to do something like this:

ssh -i ~/.ssh/my-key.pem [email protected]

Setup Your DNS

You need a domain to use MIMO - we don’t support accessing the service via IP address.

If you don’t have one, go and buy one from someone like namecheap.

Create some A-records with your servers public IP. You’ll need to add the following:


These should all point at your IP address. They should also use your domain!

Install MIMO with your server’s public IP

In case you get stuck, the full installation instructions are over here.

SSH to your server:

You should get logged straight in.

Install Docker and Git

Run the following to install Docker on your server.

wget -qO- https://get.docker.com/ | sh

This installs Docker & Git on your machine. You may need to install Git manually.

Install MIMO

Make sure you have your domain. You will also need your email server credentials for this installation.

If you don’t enter valid email credentials, your installation will fail!!

sudo -s
mkdir /var/mimo
git clone https://github.com/mimolabs/mimo-docker.git /var/mimo
cd /var/mimo

The installer will walk you through the setup - it takes about 5 minutes to run.

Once it’s done, you should have a fully-functioning service running, fully protected with Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates!

Finish Up

An email will have been sent to you with the final setup instructions. It should take you to a page that looks like this!

That’s it, you’re done. Login to your dashboard, add an integration and off you go! Get designing your splash pages.

The full installation instructions for the MIMO Community Edition can be found here!

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