Galène installation

Installation instructions

Build the galene binary

You will need Go 1.13 or later (type go version). Then do:

CGO_ENABLED=0 go build -ldflags='-s -w'

On Windows, do

go build -ldflags="-s -w"

Set the server administrator credentials

This step is optional, it is currently only relevant for access to the /stats.html and /stats.json locations.

mkdir data
echo 'god:topsecret' > data/passwd

Set up a group

Set up a group called test by creating a file groups/test.json:

mkdir groups
vi groups/name.json

You may use the following definition:

    "op": [{"username": "admin", "password": "1234"}],
    "presenter": [{}]

See the README file for more details about defining groups.

Test locally

./galene &

You should be able to access Galène at https://localhost:8443. Connect to the group that you have just set up in two distinct browser windows, then press Ready in one of the two; you should see a video in the other.

Configure your server’s firewall

If your server has a global IPv4 address and there is no firewall, there is nothing to do.

If your server has a global IPv4 address, then the firewall must, at a strict minimum, allow incoming traffic to TCP port 8443 (or whatever is configured with the -http command-line option) and TCP port 1194 (or whatever is configured with the -turn option). For best performance, it should also allow UDP traffic to the TURN port, and UDP traffic to ephemeral (high-numbered) ports (or whatever is configured using the -udp-range option).

If your server is behind NAT (which is not recommended), then the NAT must forward, at the very least, port 8443 to your server. Ideally, you should configure an external TURN server (see ICE Servers below) on a host that is not behind NAT. If that is not possible, then you must use a NAT that supports hairpinning, you must forward port 1194 in addition to port 8443, and you will need to add add the option -turn to Galène’s command line, where is your NAT’s external (global) IPv4 address.

Cross-compile for your server

This step is only required if your server runs a different OS or has a different CPU than your build machine.

For a Linux server with an Intel or AMD CPU:

CGO_ENABLED=0 GOOS=linux GOARCH=amd64 go build -ldflags='-s -w'

For a Raspberry Pi 1:

CGO_ENABLED=0 GOOS=linux GOARCH=arm GOARM=6 go build -ldflags='-s -w'

For a BeagleBone or a Raspberry Pi 2 or later:

CGO_ENABLED=0 GOOS=linux GOARCH=arm GOARM=7 go build -ldflags='-s -w'

For a 64-bit ARM board (Olimex Olinuxino-A64, Pine64, etc.) or server:

CGO_ENABLED=0 GOOS=linux GOARCH=arm64 go build -ldflags='-s -w'

For a 32-bit MIPS board with no hardware floating point (WNDR3800, etc.):

CGO_ENABLED=0 GOOS=linux GOARCH=mips GOMIPS=softfloat go build -ldflags='-s -w'

Deploy to your server

Set up a user galene on your server, then do:

rsync -a galene static data groups

If you don’t have a TLS certificate, Galène will generate a self-signed certificate automatically (and print a warning to the logs). If you have a certificate, install it in the files data/cert.pem and data/key.pem:

sudo cp /etc/letsencrypt/live/ data/cert.pem
sudo cp /etc/letsencrypt/live/ data/key.pem
sudo chown galene:galene data/*.pem
sudo chmod go-rw data/key.pem

Now run the binary on the server:

ulimit -n 65536
nohup ./galene &

If you are using runit, use a script like the following:

exec 2>&1
cd ~galene
ulimit -n 65536
exec setuidgid galene ./galene

If you are using systemd:




ICE Servers

Most connectivity issues are due to an incorrect ICE configuration.

ICE is the NAT and firewall traversal protocol used by WebRTC. ICE can make use of two kinds of servers to help with NAT traversal: STUN servers, that help punching holes in well-behaved NATs, and TURN servers, that serve as relays for traffic. TURN is a superset of STUN: no STUN server is necessary if one or more TURN servers are available.

Galène includes an IPv4-only TURN server, which is controlled by the -turn command-line option. It has the following behaviour:

If the server is not accessible from the Internet, e.g. because of NAT or because it is behind a restrictive firewall, then you should configure a TURN server that runs on a host that is accessible by both Galène and the clients. Disable the built-in TURN server (-turn "" or the default -turn auto), and provide a working ICE configuration in the file data/ice-servers.json. In the case of a single STUN server, it should look like this:

        "urls": [

In the case of s single TURN server, the ice-servers.json file should look like this:

        "urls": [
        "username": "galene",
        "credential": "secret"

If you prefer to use coturn’s use-auth-secret option, then the ice-servers.json file should look like this:

        "urls": [
        "username": "galene",
        "credential": "secret",
        "credentialType": "hmac-sha1"

For redundancy, you may set up multiple TURN servers, and ICE will use the first one that works. If an ice-servers.json file is present and Galène’s built-in TURN server is enabled, then the external server will be used in preference to the built-in server.