The Ramses Server
The server stores and serves all shared data to the Ramses Client between all workstations in the studio. The Ramses Clients installed on these workstations connect to it to retrieve tha data they need.
It is just a small software meant to be installable on small hardware and with very low requirements. You can install it on any computer in the studio (even just a simple Raspberry) and make it available on your Local Area Network, or make it available from the internet. You can also easily install it on a shared or private hosting, even a low-cost one.
Although the currently available Beta Version of the Ramses Client cannot be used as a stand-alone, offline application yet and needs a connection to a Ramses Server, you can install a local server on any computer to test and use Ramses without needing a full scale online server. We’re explaining in this documentation how to install such a standard webserver on your computer, read below.
The Ramses Server must be installed on a computer with:
- An http(s) web server like Apache
- PHP 7
- An acces to a mySQL or MariaDB or any other compatible server and a dedicated database.
Without such a database server, the Ramses Server can still be run correctly (it will use an SQLite database which doesn’t need any particular server), but performance may be poor with too many different concurrent users.
- An SSL certificate. Although this is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended to always encrypt your connections to the server, especially if the server is publicly available on the internet.
The recommended configuration is a standard AMP stack (Apache - mySQL - PHP), with at least 2GB of RAM if the SQL server is on the same computer than the Apache server.
- The needed space for the Ramses Server files (PHP) is only
50 MBshould be more than enough for the vast majority of users for the mySQL database.
We provide a detailed, step-by-step guide to help you install your own web server satisfying these requirements on Windows, Linux or Mac OS if you need to, before installing the Ramses Server: install your own webserver.
As soon as you have a working web server, you can install the Ramses server.
The Ramses Server is a pretty standard REST API written in PHP which just serves as an interface to an SQL database. It receives requests from the Ramses Client and responds with the needed data.
For developers who may want to extend or modify Ramses, or develop their own client, the complete reference of this API is available here.