Help with Ghost Desktop app and Ghost-Admin

Hi - I’m trying to get my admin panel set up and trying to use the Ghost Desktop app with it. The Desktop App doesn’t recognize my url as being valid - even though web browsers do. Additionally, I can’t find (I’m sure this is an id10t error) the admin panel at all. I can reach my github pages just fine & I can push and pull files using the GitHub Desktop app. I just can’t connect using the Ghost desktop app.

I got the following error from the log file for the Ghost Desktop App (this is from a log file)

“Checking if is Ghost”

It seems as though it’s looking for the installation in a subfolder/repository?

Also, I can’t seem to get the editor from the site, either. I have the Ghost-Admin folder install at the same folder level as Ghost.

Any help would be appreciated.

  • What’s your URL?
  • What version of Ghost are you using? 2.21.0
  • What configuration? local use dev
  • What browser? Safari/Chrome
  • What errors or information do you see in the console? see above
  • What steps could someone else take to reproduce the issue you’re having?

Hey @audientmusic :wave:

First, how did you install Ghost? Did you follow one of the install methods here?

Second, is not a Ghost site, it’s the URL of your fork of the Ghost source code on Github. When you followed the setup guides, which URL did you configure your site on?

I used these instructions:

I configured it as

with no subdirectories.
Thanks for the quick response.

That guide is for a local install of Ghost running on your own laptop/desktop machine and only accessible to you - the url in that case would be something like http://localhost:2368.

If you’re only wanting to try Ghost out and aren’t too sure about the technical side of self-hosting you may want to take advantage of the free trial on If you decide you like it then you’ve got the option of paying for the hosted version and saving a headache or you can put the time into working out all the technical details of self-hosting knowing that the time is well spent.

Thanks. I actually have it up and running at github, but the only thing that’s popping up in the file. So it looks like it’s good to go. I just can’t connect to it. So even though the “github Pages” tells me it’s being published at - it’s not?

Github Pages is not used with a ghost at all and there is no option to publish to Github Pages unless you replace the front-end with a static site builder.

I actually have it up and running at github

I’m not sure what you mean by this. The link you’re providing is a fork of some of Ghost’s source code on Github, it’s not a Ghost installation. The local install tutorial you are following does not say anything about forking/cloning the source code, maybe you can share the steps that you have followed so far?

I think I have seen the error of my ways. I installed ghost (again) and everything worked like a champ. I was under the (wrong) impression that I could create a repository at github & sync local/github & have the pages published from there. I’m attaching a screenshot. I do not think it means what I think it means. I was also under the (wrong) impression that github would give you 1GB in storage space to host a site. Anyhow, here’s my screenshot. From what you’re saying, I think what I want to do is just impossible?

GitHub Pages is a free service from GitHub for hosting a static website based on static files located in a special branch on your git repo. Ghost is a server that serves dynamically rendered content and an API, it’s not something that can be hosted using GitHub Pages.

Gotcha. I was completely misunderstanding that. Thanks for the clarification & the help.

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