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Configure Jitsi — Open source web conferencing solution on AWS with Terraform

Terraform is so popular nowadays. Terraform enables you to create and manage infrastructure with code and codes can be stored in version control.

In this article, we are talking about How we can Setup our own version of this application on any AWS region.

You can check out the project on the Jitsi GitHub repository.

Jitsi Meet is a free and fully encrypted open source video conferencing service solution providing high quality and audio without subscription or the need to create an account.

Jitsi is a set of open-source projects that allow you to build a secure video conference system for your team. The core components of the Jitsi project are Jitsi VideoBridge and Jitsi Meet. There are free and premium services based on Jitsi projects, such as HipChat, Stride, Highfive, Comcast.

Jitsi Meet is the heart of the Jitsi family, it's an open-source JavaScript WebRTC application that allows you to build and deploy scalable video conference.

The tool provides features like:

Let’s start our Exercise!

Pre-Requisites To Creating Infrastructure on AWS Using Terraform

Amazon Resources Created Using Terraform

Networking Module:

Server Module:

2. ECR container registry.

3. ECS cluster with task and service definition.

4. ECS container with EC2 as a container instance that runs docker-compose and pulls Docker images from the Docker Hub.

5. A load balancer distributing traffic between the containers.

Let’s talk about the Terraform deployment of VPC.

Please follow this article for more detail of the Networking module that creates our VPC, Subnets, and Other Networking Assets.

Let’s talk about the terraform deployment of ECS.

Autoscaling Group

The Autoscaling group is a collection of EC2 instances. The number of those instances is determined by scaling policies. We will create an autoscaling group using a launch template.

Before we will launch container instances and register them into a cluster, we have to create an IAM role for those instances to use when they are launched:

I used a special kind of filter ob AMI which find ECS-optimized image with preinstalled Docker. EC2 m4.xlarge instances will be launched.

If we want to use created, named ECS cluster we have to put that information into user_data, otherwise our instances will be launched in default cluster.

Basic scaling information is described by aws_autoscaling_group parameters.

Having an autoscaling group set up we are ready to launch our instances and database.

Elastic Container Service

ECS is a scalable container orchestration service that allows us to run and scale dockerized applications on AWS.

resource "aws_ecs_cluster" "this" {
name = "${var.environment}_cluster"

Cluster name is important here, as we used it previously while defining launch configuration. This is where newly created EC2 instances will live.

To launch a dockerized application we need to create a task — a set of simple instructions understood by the ECS cluster. The task is a JSON definition that can be kept in a separate file:

The family the parameter is required and it represents the unique name of our task definition.

The last thing that will bind the cluster with the task is an ECS service. The service will guarantee that we always have some number of tasks running all the time:

resource "aws_ecs_service" "this" {
name = "${var.environment}"
task_definition = "${}"
cluster = "${aws_ecs_cluster.this.arn}"
load_balancer {
target_group_arn = "${aws_lb_target_group.this.0.arn}"
container_name = "web"
container_port = "${var.container_port}"
launch_type = "EC2"
desired_count = 1
deployment_maximum_percent = 200
deployment_minimum_healthy_percent = 100

Now, We discussed all resources that Terraform creates.

It’s time to run the Terraform script

Clone this terraform repository.

cp sample.terraform.tfvars terraform.tfvars

Note: we need to run following command because recently jitsi update their security policy so we need to pass strong password


This command updates the value of the following variables.


These variables are used in the task definition file.


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AWS Community Builder | Terraform Associate | Infra. Automation Engineer, Love to work with #AWS #Terraform #Jenkins #kubernetes #Docker #Ansible #Selenium