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Install Whoogle On Devuan 2024-02-05

So, one of the services I have to migrate off of my VPSs is my Whoogle instance. Unfortunately though, the install instructions are a little lacking. I assume the docker install instructions are just fine, but what kind of monster runs anything on docker? Anyways, this is what I did to my Whoogle instance in Devuan Ceres (equivalent of Debian Sid), but I also tested to see that it works if you skip the upgrade to Ceres and just leave it at Devuan Daedalus (equivalent of Debian Bookworm). Just sayin'.

It should also be said that this is just the Whoogle service, and that it is only clear text. To get TLS this requires that you setup a reverse proxy [I'll use nginx for this] that will manage the certs. So, starting with a fresh install of Daedalus (standard system utilities only):

# apt-get update
# apt-get install usrmerge
# echo "deb ceres main" > /etc/apt/sources.list
# apt-get update
# apt-get upgrade
# reboot
# apt-get dist-upgrade
# reboot

# apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev libssl-dev git python3.11-venv python3-pip pkg-config rustc cargo
# useradd -d /home/whoogle -U -m -s /bin/bash whoogle
# su whoogle
$ cd ~
$ git clone
$ cd whoogle-search
$ python3 -m venv venv
$ source venv/bin/activate
$ python3 -m pip install --upgrade pip
$ pip install -r requirements.txt


$ ./run

Yes, that is about a gigabyte and a half of dependencies. Seriously though, don't use docker. Just don't. Anyways, if you want to restart the service after a reboot (and you probably would) you could follow the setup instructions for a systemd service or you could just put the export commands above in a file called mywhooglesettings.txt, then create a script like this and cron it (as the whoogle user) to start on reboot.

cd ~/whoogle-search
source venv/bin/activate
source mywhooglesettings.txt

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