Deploy to Google Cloud

OpenReplay stack can be installed on a single machine and Google Cloud is an ideal candidate. Here's how to do it.

Launch a VM

  1. Go to 'Compute Engine' Dashboard and select 'VM Instances' from the left-side menu bar
  2. Click 'Create Instance'
  3. Select your preferred 'region' and 'zone'
  4. Choose your machine type. The minimum specs are 2 vCPUs, 8 GB of RAM, 50 GB of storage, otherwise OpenReplay backend services won't simply start. So, we recommend at least the e2-standard-2 (or an equivalent) which is enough for a low/moderate volume. If you're expecting high traffic, you should scale from here.
  5. Change your boot disk to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, then pick SSD persistent disk for the boot disk type and set the size to 50 GB.
  6. Check both 'Allow HTTP traffic' and 'Allow HTTPS traffic' in Firewall
  7. Click 'Create'

Deploy OpenReplay

Once your instance is Running, connect to it by hitting the SSH button then install OpenReplay:

git clone https://github.com/openreplay/openreplay.git
cd openreplay/scripts/helm && bash install.sh

Note: You'll be prompted to provide the domain on which OpenReplay will be running (e.g. openreplay.mycompany.com). This is required to continue the installation.

Configure TLS/SSL

OpenReplay deals with sensitive user data and therefore requires HTTPS to run. This is mandatory, otherwise the tracker simply wouldn't start recording. Same thing for the dashboard, without HTTPS you won't be able to replay user sessions.

The easiest way to handle SSL in Google Cloud is to setup a load balancer (Google Load Balancing) and run OpenReplay behind it. Another option is to generate or use your own SSL certificate and point your subdomain (i.e. openreplay.mycompany.com) to the OpenReplay instance. More on both options below.

Setup Google load balancer (option 1)

First step is to add an instance group which is required later for the load balancer:

  1. Go to 'Compute Engine' > 'Instance Groups'
  2. 'Create Instance Group' and select New unmanaged instance group
  3. Pick your preferred 'Location' then select the 'Network' and choose the OpenReplay VM instance
  4. Click 'Create'

Now it's time to create the load balancer:

  1. Go to 'Network Services' > 'Load Balancing'
  2. 'Create Load Balancer' and pick HTTP(S) Load Balancing
  3. Choose 'From Internet to my VMs' then click 'Continue'
  4. Start with 'Backend configuration' and click on 'Backend services' > 'Create a backend service'
  5. Select Instance group for 'Backend type'. In 'Backends' > 'New backend', choose the instance group you previously created, set the port to 80 then hit 'Done'.
  6. Scroll down to 'Health Check' and 'Create a health check'. Choose HTTP for the 'Protocol' and set the 'Port' to 80 while keeping the other default values. Hit 'Save'.
  7. Click 'Create'
  8. In 'Frontend configuration', choose HTTPS for 'Protocol' then in 'Certificate' create a new certificate (managed by Google) or bring yours. Hit 'Done'.
  9. Review then click 'Create'

Once created, go to Cloud DNS (or your DNS service provider) and create an A Record that points to the load balancer using its IP (can be found in Load Balancing dashboard).

You're all set now, OpenReplay should be securely accessible on the subdomain you just set up. You can create an account by visiting the /signup page (i.e. openreplay.mycompany.com/signup).

Bring/generate your SSL certificate (option 2)

Alternatively to creating a load balancer, you can bring (or generate) your own SSL certificate.

First, go to Cloud DNS (or your other DNS service provider) and create an A Record. Use the domain you previously provided during the installation step and point it to the VM using its public IP (can be found in Compute Engine dashboard).

Open the vars.yaml file with the command vi openreplay/scripts/helm/vars.yaml then substitute:

  • domain_name: this is where OpenReplay will be accessible (i.e. openreplay.mycompany.com)
  • nginx_ssl_cert_file_path: the path to you .cert file (i.e. /home/openreplay/my-cert.crt)
  • nginx_ssl_key_file_path: the path to your .pem file (i.e. /home/openreplay/my-key.pem)

Note: If you don't have a certificate, generate one for your domain (the one provided during installation) using Let's Encrypt. Connect to OpenReplay VM, run helm uninstall -n nginx-ingress nginx-ingress then execute bash openreplay/scripts/certbot.sh and follow the steps.

Restart OpenReplay NGINX (and choose whether to enable the default HTTP to HTTPS redirection using the NGINX_REDIRECT_HTTPS variable):

cd openreplay/scripts/helm
NGINX_REDIRECT_HTTPS=1 ./install.sh --app nginx

You're all set now, OpenReplay should be accessible on your subdomain. You can create an account by visiting the /signup page (i.e. openreplay.mycompany.com/signup).

Troubleshooting

If you encounter any issues, connect to our Slack and get help from our community.