Setting up your new instance
Things to do after installing Mastodon
Creating an admin account
In the browser
After signing up in the browser, you will need to use the command line to give your newly created account admin privileges. Assuming your username is
RAILS_ENV=production bin/tootctl accounts modify alice --role admin
From the command line
You can create a new account using the command-line interface.
RAILS_ENV=production bin/tootctl accounts create \ alice \ --email firstname.lastname@example.org \ --confirmed \ --role admin
A randomly generated password will be shown in the terminal.
Filling in server information
After logging in, navigate to the Site settings page. While there are no technical requirements for filling in this information, it is considered crucial for operating a server for humans.
|Contact username||Your username so people know who owns the server|
|Business e-mail||An e-mail address so people locked out of their accounts, or people without accounts, can contact you|
|Instance description||Why did you start this server? Who is it for? What makes it different?|
|Custom extended information||You can put all sorts of information in here but a code of conduct is recommended|
After you fill these in, simply hit “Save changes”.