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Please note that this guide is aimed at helping you get ProfitTrailer running on your Linux (Ubuntu), this guide will be roughly the same for other Linux versions.

There is a video tutorial now. Please watch it.

Getting Started with ProfitTrailer on Linux

This guide will help you set up your ProfitTrailer bot on your Linux. First of all, it has to be noted, that running the bot 24/7 is not possible if you allow your PC to fall asleep or close a laptop as the bot will not run anymore. That being said, you may want to buy a VPS before installing it on a dedicated computer.

1. Connect to your Linux

I use WinSCP to connect to my Linux. It runs on Windows. (A good Mac product is “VNC Viewer”). You can use anything you are comfortable with, but WinSCP allows me to connect to the Linux, FTP files, edit files and has PuTTY integrated into the app. So I can move files, edit files and also connect to the terminal in one nice little free app.

Your provider will have given you access information: an IP Address, username and password. In my case, Westhost gave me root user, which is fine. Use this info to open a terminal window to your new VPS. In my case I open Winscp and set up a new connection:

In WinSCP, I click the terminal icon in the menu bar to get to a terminal:

I like to drop my bots into the /var/opt folder: From the main root login,

          	cd ..
          	cd /var/opt
          	mkdir pt
          	cd pt

You should now be inside a folder called pt in your /var/opt path The prompt will look similar to this:


run an update:

          sudo apt-get update
          sudo apt-get install default-jdk
          sudo apt-get install nodejs
          ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node
          sudo apt-get install npm
          npm install pm2@latest -g

pm2 is a process manager – it lets you run the bot in the background, and has features to autostart, log-rotation and much more. You do not HAVE to use pm2, but I like it and rely on it, especially from running multiple bots.

At this point you have all the apps and tools you need to run the Profit Trailer.

          	Java to run the jar
          	Nodejs to run pm2
          	Pm2 to manage your bot process, log windows and logs

Type pm2 at your prompt and you should get a list of pm2 commands. This will verify everything is running as expected.

2. Download ProfitTrailer

I like to download the bot to my local machine, edit the configs and then upload everything to the VPS at one time. I’ll show you how I do that. If you are familiar with Linux, you can certainly download and unzip the bot directly to your working folder.

Follow these|instructions to find the most current download location for the files.

I unzip the file into folder named with the version number (PT 1.2.x.x) You should have something similar to

Open WinSCP, and connect to your VPS.

Select the “Open directory/bookmark” icon and type in /var/opt/pt

This should bring you to your pt folder

In the left hand window of WinSCP, find your new PT folder, the one you just unzipped from the download.

Things should look like this

Simply select and drag all of the files from the left window to the right window.

You now have the PT files on your VPS, and are ready to start editing configs.

CONFIGURING YOUR BOT IS NOT IN THE SCOPE OF THIS TUTORIAL Go here (mandatory_settings) to continue setup of the bot itself. Some of the instructions you have already completed, but we assume you can figure that out.

You can double-click on a file in WinSCP to edit that file (left or right windows). The bot will be using the files on the right, in the /var/opt/pt folder.

At this point, you can minimize WinSCP and go back to your terminal window (or click on the terminal icon to connect again)

3. Running the Bot

Now for the fun part. To run your bot, you first navigate to your pt folder

cd /var/opt/pt

Change the permission on the JAR file so it will execute correctly

chmod +x ProfitTrailer.jar

Start the bot using pm2:

pm2 start pm2-ProfitTrailer.json

At this point, the bot is running. To see the live log scrolling by, type pm2 log 0. You use CTRL-C to get out of the window.

pm2 log 0         	See log live
pm2 stop 0       	Stop the bot
pm2 reload 0   	reload and restart the bot

Text logs are maintained by pm2 and are located at /root/.pm2/ (for my root account access)

Finally, run a save and startup command. Ater this is complete, PM2 will restart your bot if you restart the server. Run this command again if you change your app, or add a second bot.

pm2 save
pm2 startup


Time to go bigger? Running a second bot is fairly straightforward.

Make a second folder in your /var/opt/ folder, maybe pt2


Upload a copy of your Profit Bot to this folder.

Edit the file and change the port number - I increment them by 1

(If these variable do not exist, add them)

In /var/opt/pt/

server.port = 8081

In /var/op/pt2/

server.port = 8082


You will need to edit /var/opt/pt/pm2-start.json in order to change the Application name. Pm2 requires unique application names. I like to edit all of my start jsons to be descriptive of the bot:


Just start the second bot the same way you started the first: pm2 start pm2-start.json This will display PT Polo as the app name in the pm2 list.

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