Creating custom systemd services
From time to time I stumble upon some server application I want running on my virtual server, be it an anki sync service or a custom-written discord bot. Most of the time I start by running it in a tmux session for several days to see how well it performs and then I write a systemd service, so it works just like a regular daemon app. Here’s how I achieve this.
Let’s assume that our server’s start script is located at
/home/user/service/start.sh. Then, our service file should be something like
Description=A wonderful service of my own.
Put it into
/home/user/service/our-service.service file an you should be good
to go. I’ve added
After=nginx.service because most of the time I put my
services behind nginx reverse proxy.
To install the service copy it to
/etc/systemd/system and enable it with
sudo systemctl enable our-service.service. To start the service use
sudo systemctl start our-service.service.