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Configure X Virtual Framebuffer

Configure X Virtual Framebuffer

When running headless on Linux, a display is needed if you want to use the Embedded Browser to do JavaScript rendering. You can use a Virtual Frame Buffer to simulate having a display attached, useful when running on AWS for example. The SEO Spider expects this to be DISPLAY=:0.


Install the required package via the command line:

sudo apt-get install -y xvfb


Copy and paste the following on the command line to configure the service:
sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/xvfb.service <<HERE > /dev/null
Description=X Virtual Frame Buffer Service
ExecStart=/usr/bin/Xvfb :0 -screen 0 1024x768x24

Service Registration

Now register and start the service.
sudo systemctl enable /etc/systemd/system/xvfb.service
sudo systemctl start xvfb.service
sudo systemctl enable xvfb

Then set this as the display to use.
echo "export DISPLAY=:0" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

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