100% Microsoft incompatible.
  • Tux
  • Kowalski
  • Rico
  • Skipper
  • Private
  • Comment
  • Contact
  • There are no visitor comments on this page

    Installing Firefox Sync on WebFaction

    Below is a complete set of commands needed to install the Firefox Sync server on your WebFaction shared account. Tested on CentOS 7.


    Go to the Webfaction Control Panel and follow these steps:

    1. Ceate a new application: mod_wsgi + mod_wsgi x.x.x/Python 2.7
    2. Ceate a new subdomain: Default settings
    3. Ceate a new website: Sync subdomain + Sync application
    4. Ceate a new database: PostgreSQL + Unicode + Tsearch2

    Now SSH into your WebFaction account and start pasting.


    Copy the values for the DOMAIN_SYNC, APPNAME_SYNC, DBNAME_SYNC, DBUSER_SYNC and DBPASS_SYNC variables from the WebFaction control panel.

    APPNAME_SYNC="example_com_sync" DOMAIN_SYNC="sync.example.com" DBNAME_SYNC="example_com_sync" DBUSER_SYNC="username" DBPASS_SYNC="abc123" MAIL_FF_ACCOUNT="username@example.com"


    pip2.7 install virtualenv cd ~/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC git clone https://github.com/mozilla-services/syncserver cd syncserver make build sed -i "s@public_url = http://localhost:5000/@public_url = http://$DOMAIN_SYNC/@" syncserver.ini sed -i "s@#sqluri = sqlite:////tmp/syncserver.db@sqluri = postgresql://$DBUSER_SYNC:$DBPASS_SYNC\@localhost:5432/$DBNAME_SYNC@" syncserver.ini sed -i "s@#secret = INSERT_SECRET_KEY_HERE@secret = `head -c 20 /dev/urandom | sha1sum | tr -dc 'a-zA-Z0-9'`@" syncserver.ini cd $HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/apache2/conf sed -i "s@DirectoryIndex index.py@#DirectoryIndex index.py@" httpd.conf sed -i "s@DocumentRoot $HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/htdocs@DocumentRoot $HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/syncserver@" httpd.conf sed -i "s@python-path=$HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/lib/python2.7@python-path=$HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/syncserver/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/@" httpd.conf echo "" >> httpd.conf echo "WSGIPassAuthorization On" >> httpd.conf echo "WSGIScriptAlias / $HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/syncserver/syncserver.wsgi" >> httpd.conf sed -i "s@<Directory $HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/htdocs>@<Directory $HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/syncserver>@" httpd.conf sed -i "s@Options +ExecCGI@Require all granted@" httpd.conf sed -i "/AddHandler wsgi-script .py/d" httpd.conf

    Firefox settings

    1. Go to about:config and change the value of identity.sync.tokenserver.uri to http://DOMAIN_SYNC/token/1.0/sync/1.5 (replace DOMAIN_SYNC with your own)
    2. Disconnect all devices from your Firefox account
    3. Re-enable sync on all devices

    Finish and clean up

    cd ~/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/syncserver sed -i "s@# allow_new_users = false@allow_new_users = false@" syncserver.ini local/bin/python2.7 bin/delete_user_data.py $MAIL_FF_ACCOUNT $HOME/webapps/$APPNAME_SYNC/apache2/bin/restart

    Found an error in this article?

    Add your comment to this page

    Note: If you wish to report a bug, request a feature, or ask a question about an application - please do so by using the appropriate Launchpad link on the application's page.

    Prove you're human
    7 + 9 =
    Please wait, this could take a second...