Parse dashboard is another application built on node.js by the parse developers. It is an frontend web interface for managing backend parse server. You can add and manage multiple parse server from single dashboard. This tutorial will help you to setup parse server and dashboard on CentOS Linux system.


Launched a CentOS 8 instance on Digitalocean. Setup a sudo privileged account and apply initial security by following initial server setup Login to instance via SSH as root account

Step 1 – Install Node.js

Parser server required Node.js to be installed on system. You can install Node.js from the offical yum repository. To configure yum repository execute: The run the following commands to install Node.js on your server.

Step 2 – Install Yarn

Yarn package is available to install with NPM repository. You can also install yarn using the dnf package manager utility. Execute below commands to add yarn repository to your system: Then install yarn using the dnf command:

Step 3 – Install MongoDB

Add the following content in yum repository configuration file mongodb.repo as per your required MongoDB version and system architecture. For this article, we are using MongoDB 4.2 repository. Save you file and close. Now install Mongodb server by running the following command.

Step 4 – Install Parse Server

You have installed required packages on your system. The Parse server package is available under the global repository. you can install it using the yarn package manager. To install it type: Next create a configuration file for your Parse server. Where you can define attributes of the parse server. Create a configuration file and edit in your favorite text editor: Then, add the following content to the file: Configuration details: Save your file. Next run the parse server with nohup command. Also run it as background process. Your parse server is running now.

Step 5 – Install Parse Dashboard

The Parse development team, also provides a web interface to access Parse server called Parse-dashboard. Which is also available as node module. Use below command to install parse-dashboard: Next, create a configuration file for the parse dashboard. Edit file in a text editor: And add the following content: You can add multiple parse servers to your Parse dashboard. Add your parse server with serverURL. User the same appID and masterKey as you defined to your parse server. Save your file and execute the following command to start parse dashboard. The above command will start your parse server on port 4040.

Step 6 – Adjust FirewallD Rules

The systems have enabled firewalld, need to allow access on ports running Parse server. We are using the port 1337 for the parse server and 4040 for the dashboard. Execute the following commands to allow access for public users for Parse server. To open port type: Apply the changes by running command:

Step 7 – Access Parse Dashboard

Now, you can access your parse dashboard web interface by accessing your server on port 4040. Login to the dashboard username and password defined in parse dashboard configuration file (parse-darshboard-config.json).

After login you will see the dashboard.


In this tutorial you learned about the installation of parse server and dashboard on CentOS system.

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