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Forked from Sovereign on GitHub. This is a set of ansible roles to setup your own little private Cloud on a VPS.

I removed a bunch of roles from the upstream version, added new ones, and made it compatible with more recent versions of Debian. Ubuntu is no longer supported, simply because I just use Debian.

I also added the ability for full-fledged user-management using OpenLDAP and FusionDirectory. This is optional, however. You can also use statically configured credentials, which is enough for single-user setups.

Program Domain Status Debian 9 Debian 10 Debian 11 LDAP Auth
Website www ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A
Lets Encrypt - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A
Webmail mail ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
E-Mail Config autoconfig ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ N/A
monit status ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
OpenVPN - ✔️ ✔️
Fathom stats ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
commento comments ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
ZNC - ✔️ ✔️
gitea git ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
dokuwiki wiki ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
kanboard kanboard ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
jitsi jitsi ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ chat ✔️
NextCloud cloud ✔️ ✔️ (❓) ✔️ ✔️
LimeSurvey survey ✔️ (❓) ✔️ ✔️
matrix / riot matrix ✔️
mastodon social ✔️
LDAP users ✔️ ✔️
Self-Signed - ✔️ ✔️ N/A
grafana iot ✔️ ✔️
Selfoss news ✔️
gPodder gpodder ✔️ ✔️

You don’t have to setup all roles, simply select the subset you require. Please take a look inside the respective folders of the roles, they often contain a file explaining the intricacies of the specific software or its configuration.



On the remote server

Install dependencies and change the root password:

apt-get install sudo python

Create a user account for Ansible to do its thing through:

useradd deploy
passwd deploy
mkdir /home/deploy

Authorize your ssh key if you want passwordless ssh login (optional):

mkdir /home/deploy/.ssh
chmod 700 /home/deploy/.ssh
nano /home/deploy/.ssh/authorized_keys
chmod 400 /home/deploy/.ssh/authorized_keys
chown deploy:deploy /home/deploy -R

Or, in short:

ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_ecdsa deploy@hostname

Also, enable passwordless sudo for the deploy user:

echo 'deploy ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL' > /etc/sudoers.d/deploy

Your new account will be automatically set up for passwordless sudo. Or you can just add your deploy user to the sudo group.

adduser deploy sudo

On your local machine


Download this repository somewhere on your machine, either through Clone or Download > Download ZIP above, wget, or git as below. Also install the dependencies for password generation as well as ansible itself.

git clone
cd sovereign
sudo pip install -r ./requirements.txt

Or, if you’re on Arch, instead of using pip, install the required stuff manually:

sudo pacman -Syu ansible python-jmespath python-passlib

Configure your installation

Modify the settings in the group_vars/sovereign folder to your liking. If you want to see how they’re used in context, just search for the corresponding string. All of the variables in group_vars/sovereign must be set for sovereign to function.

Finally, replace the in the file hosts. If your SSH daemon listens on a non-standard port, add a colon and the port number after the IP address. In that case you also need to add your custom port to the task Set firewall rules for web traffic and SSH in the file roles/common/tasks/ufw.yml.

Set up DNS

Create A and AAAA or CNAME records which point to your server’s IP address for the subdomains used with the programs you selected.

Run the Ansible Playbooks

To run the whole thing:

ansible-playbook -i ./hosts --ask-sudo-pass --key-file KEY site.yml

If you chose to make a passwordless sudo deploy user, you can omit the --ask-sudo-pass argument. If you don’t need to specify an ssh key to connect to the host, leave out --key-file KEY part, otherwise replace KEY with the path to the key you want to use. Append eg. -l testing to only run for the hosts in the testing group.

Finish DNS set-up

Create an MX record for which assigns as the domain’s mail server. To ensure your emails pass DKIM checks you need to add a txt record. The name field will be mail._domainkey.EXAMPLE.COM. The value field contains the public key used by DKIM. The exact value needed can be found in the file /var/lib/rspamd/dkim/EXAMPLE.COM.mail.txt. For DMARC you’ll also need to add a txt record. The name field should be _dmarc.EXAMPLE.COM and the value should be v=DMARC1; p=reject. We will also add a txt record for SPF. This is now legacy, but some providers need it, so we provide an empty policy.

For my DNS provider, that zonefile looks like this:

@               IN MX 10 mail
@               IN TXT   "v=spf1 ?all"
_dmarc          IN TXT   "v=DMARC1; p=reject;"
mail._domainkey IN TXT   "v=DKIM1; k=rsa; p=INSERT_PUBLIC_KEY_HERE"

Correctly set up reverse DNS for your server and make sure to validate that it’s all working, for example by sending an email to and reviewing the report that will be emailed back to you.

Miscellaneous Configuration

Sign in to the ZNC web interface and set things up to your liking. It isn’t exposed through the firewall, so you must first set up an SSH tunnel:

ssh -L 6643:localhost:6643

Then proceed to http://localhost:6643 in your web browser. The same goes for the RSpamD web interface on port 11334.

To access the gitea admin CLI, execute it like this:

sudo -u git /usr/local/bin/gitea admin create-user --admin --config /etc/gitea/app.ini --name USERNAME --password PASSWORD --email MAIL

To re-new the LetsEncrypt certificates, for example after adding a new role that needs another subdomain, call:

sudo certbot delete -c /etc/letsencrypt/cli.conf --cert-name DOMAIN

Then re-run the whole sovereign playbook, or at least the letsencrypt part of it.

To access your Postgres database, use:

sudo -u postgres psql

Then use commands like \l, \c database, \dt or SQL statements.