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How to Install and Configure Prisma Server on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial, we will learn how to install and configure Prisma on an Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) Ubuntu 18.04 server.

By Hitesh Jethva, Alibaba Cloud Community Blog author.

Introduction

Prisma is a data layer that replaces traditional (object-relational mapping) ORMs and simplifies database workflows. You can access your data and connect to your database with the GraphQL API using Prisma service.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to install and configure Prisma on an Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) Ubuntu 18.04 server.

Prerequisites

  • A fresh Alibaba Cloud instance with Ubuntu 18.04 installed.
  • A static IP address 192.168.0.104 is setup on your instance.
  • A root password is set up to your instance.

Create a new ECS instance and connect to your instance as the root user.

Once you are logged into your Ubuntu 18.04 instance, run the following command to update your base system with the latest available packages.

apt-get update -y

Install Docker and Node.js

Before starting, you will need to install a few prerequisite packages which let apt use packages over HTTPS.

apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common -y

Next, add the GPG key for the official Docker repository to your system with the following command:

curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu/gpg | apt-key add -

Next, add the Docker repository to your system with the following command:

add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu bionic stable"

Next, update the repository and install Docker CE with the following command:

apt-get update -y
apt-get install docker-ce -y

Once the Docker has been installed, check the status of Docker with the following command:

systemctl status docker

Next, you will need to install Node.js to your system. By default, the latest version of Node.js is not available in the Ubuntu 18.04 server. So, you will need to add PPA for that.

First, download the node setup script with the following command:

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_10.x -o nodesource_setup.sh

Next, run the script with the following command:

bash nodesource_setup.sh

This will setup repository for Node.js.

Next, update the repository and install Node.js with the following command:

apt-get update -y
apt-get install nodejs -y

Once the Node.js has been installed, you can proceed to install Docker Compose.

Install Docker Compose

Docker Compose allows you to manage and run multi-container applications. So, you will need to install it to set up the infrastructure required for the Prisma service.

By default, Docker Compose is not available in the Ubuntu 18.04 default repository. So, you will need to install it from the Docker's GitHub repository.

You can install it by just running the following command:

curl -L https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.21.2/docker-compose-`uname -s`-`uname -m` -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Next, give proper permissions with the following command:

chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Next, verify the version of Docker Compose with the following command:

docker-compose --version

You should see the following command:

docker-compose version 1.21.2, build a133471

Once you have done, you can proceed to the next step.

Install Prisma Server Using Docker Compose

The Prisma CLI is a main tool to deploy and manage your Prisma services. So, you will need to setup required infrastructure to start the Prisma services. You can setup it by creating docker-compose.yml file. This file will automatically start Prisma, an associated database, and configure the necessary details.

nano docker-compose.yml

You can replace the passwords for managementAPIsecret and MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD as per your need as shown below:

version: "3"
services:
  prisma:
    image: prismagraphql/prisma:1.20
    restart: always
    ports:
      - "4466:4466"
    environment:
      PRISMA_CONFIG: |
        port: 4466
        managementApiSecret: my-secret
        databases:
          default:
            connector: mysql
            host: mysql
            port: 3306
            user: root
            password: admin@123
            migrations: true
  mysql:
    image: mysql:5.7
    restart: always
    environment:
      MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: admin@123
    volumes:
      - mysql:/var/lib/mysql
volumes:
  mysql:

Save and close the file, when you are finished. Then, start the Docker containers with the following command:

docker-compose up -d

This command will download the Docker images for both prisma and mysql.

You can see the Docker containers with the following command:

docker ps

Once you have completed the above steps, you can proceed to the next section.

Install Prisma Locally

Your Prisma server and database is now configured, it's time to work locally to deploy the Prisma service.

First, create a directory to store all the Prisma files:

mkdir prisma

Next, change the directory to prisma and install Prisma with the following command:

cd prizma
npm install -g prisma

Configure Prisma

Next, you will need to create the file structure for a new Prisma database API. You can use prisma init command to generate the files necessary to build your application with Prisma.

You can do it with the following command:

prisma init hello-world

After running the above command, you will be asked to select server. Select, Use other server and press Enter:

? Set up a new Prisma server or deploy to an existing server? Use other server

Next, provide the endpoint of your server:

? Enter the endpoint of your Prisma server http://192.168.0.104:4466

Next, provide password that you indicated earlier in the configuration file and press Enter:

? Enter the management API secret [hidden]

Next, choose a name of your service and stage, then press Enter:

? Choose a name for your service hello-world
? Choose a name for your stage dev

Next, select the programming language and press Enter:

? Select the programming language for the generated Prisma client Prisma TypeScript Client

Next, change the hello-world directory and sync these changes to your server with the following command:

cd hello-world
prisma deploy

Your Prisma service is now running. You can connect to two different interface.

You can connect the management interface at http://192.168.0.104:4466management. That can be used to deploy and manage Prisma services. You can connect the GraphQL API for your Prisma service at http://192.168.0.104:4466/hello-world/dev.

Once you have done, you can proceed to the next step.

Access Prisma

Now, open your web browser and type the URL http://192.168.0.104:4466/hello-world/dev. You will be redirected to the following page:

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You can create, delete, modify and update data in the backend using GraphQL. You can now send a mutation to create a new user and explore the functionality.

To do so, enter the following query in the left side of the page:

mutation {
  createUser(data: { name: "Hitesh" }) {
    id
    name
  }
}

Next, press the play button, you should see the results on the right side of the page as shown below:

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