We will use gunicorn and nginx in this guide but you can run FlaskBB with every WSGI-compatible server like uWSGI or gevent. nginx is just used as a reverse proxy.

Install gunicorn via pip inside your virtualenv:

$ pip install gunicorn

and run FlaskBB using the gunicorn command:

$ gunicorn wsgi:flaskbb --log-file logs/gunicorn.log --pid -w 4

To stop FlaskBB, just send a KILL signal to gunicorn.

kill `cat`

In addition to gunicorn we also need to start celery. Celery is a task queue that FlaskBB uses to send non blocking emails.

$ flaskbb celery worker

Below is a example configuration for nginx. In this configuration all static files will be served via nginx.

server {
    listen 80;

    access_log /var/log/nginx/access.forums.flaskbb.log;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/error.forums.flaskbb.log;

    location / {
        try_files $uri @flaskbb;

    # Static files
    location /static {
       alias /var/apps/flaskbb/flaskbb/static/;

    location ~ ^/_themes/([^/]+)/(.*)$ {
        alias /var/apps/flaskbb/flaskbb/themes/$1/static/$2;

    # robots.txt
    location /robots.txt {
        alias /var/apps/flaskbb/flaskbb/static/robots.txt;

    location @flaskbb {
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        #proxy_set_header SCRIPT_NAME /forums;  # This line will make flaskbb available on /forums;
        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_buffering off;


For other deployment options, visit the full-fledged documentation here.