Deploy Solr onto Your Raspberry Pi3 from Pantacor Hub

Updated November 2021

Product designers can use Pantavisor and Pantacor Hub to create, deploy and manage many different types of containerized apps on a variety of IoT devices. Pantavisor is the framework for containerized embedded Linux development. It connects embedded devices, and containerizes and modularizes both the embedded firmware and user-land. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to install Pantavisor onto a Raspberry Pi, claim your device and then make it accessible from the Pantacor Hub dashboard. Lastly, we describe how to prepare and deploy Solr the open source search platform from Apache onto your device and then connect to it with a laptop.

Before you begin this tutorial, sign up to Pantacor Hub. It’s open source and free to use. 

Prepare your Raspberry Pi 3 to deploy Solr

Step 1: Flash the RPI3 initial stable image into your sd card.

Download RPI3 image:

Click to download

unxz the device image

$ unxz rpi3_initial_stable.img.xz

Flash the Pantavisor image onto the sd card with the Raspberry Pi Imager.

Step 2: Boot your RPI3

Insert your sd card and then supply the power

Step 3: Sign up to Pantacor Hub.
Step 4: Download & Install a CLI tools “pvr”

Note: pvr is a CLI tool which can be used to interact with your device through pantacor hub. With pvr you can share and revision your firmware and projects as simple as with a git tree. Move the pvr binary to your bin folder after downloading.

Linux(AMD64): Download Linux(ARM32v6): Download Darwin(AMD64): Download

pvr clone; pvr commit; pvr post

To install from gitlab source code:

$ go get
$ go build -o ~/bin/pvr

Note: You need “GOLANG” to be installed in your system for building pvr from gitlab source code.

Step 5: Detect & Claim your device

Connect a LAN cable between your RPI3 & computer/Router.

Open your terminal & run: 

$ pvr scan

Claim the device:

$ pvr claim -c merely-regular-gorilla

Log into Pantacor Hub and check for the newly claimed device in the dashboard.

Step 6: Clone the device to your computer using the Clone URL of your device

$ pvr clone presently_learning_pelican

Now your device is ready to deploy your Solr search engine app

Deploy Solr to the device by following 4 Steps

Step 1: Add new app “solr” into the device

$ pvr app add solr --from=arm32v7/solr:5-slim

Step 2: Deploy the changes to the device
$ pvr add .
$ pvr commit
$ pvr post

Step 3: Access the Solr dashboard

Step 4: Try creating your 1st Solr Core

SSH into the app container “solr”

ssh -p 8222 solr@

Create a new core:

$ cd /opt/solr/bin
$ ./solr create -c "core1"

Access the Solr core you just created

You are Done!


Final Thoughts

In this tutorial, we described how to deploy a containerized version of Aphache Solr onto your Pantavisor-enabled device. Pantavisor doesn’t run Docker containers natively, but it does use Docker images as a great source of root file systems for containers that are run by the Pantavisor with LXC.

Take a deeper dive into managing Pantavisor Linux on your device locally with our front-end utilities Pantabox. 

We’re really excited for you to try Pantabox and Pantavisor Linux and we’d love to hear your thoughts. Try one of the guides or join us in the Pantavisor community forum.