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This guide is for FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE. It should work, with slight modifications, for all other relatively modern versions.

Make sure you are up to date, by running:

freebsd-update fetch
freebsd-update install

Install Redis:

pkg install redis

Follow the regular steps to run Redis at the runlevel, and start it.

Install gcc5:

pkg install gcc5

Install Node:

pkg install node

Clone NodeBB repo (this assumes you have git installed, otherwise use pkg to install it):

git clone -b v2.x

Enter directory:

cd nodebb

Run interactive installation:

./nodebb setup

You may leave all of the options as default.

You are finished! After the installation, run:

./nodebb start

Visit your forum at http://FQDN:4567/ to finish configuration and setup. FQDN is the server fully qualified domain name.