Digital Ocean one click install - 502 Bad Gateway Error

System Information
  • Strapi Version: 3
  • Operating System:
  • Database: Postgres 10
  • Node Version: 12
  • NPM Version: 4.2.3
  • Yarn Version: 1.22.0

I did the one click install on Digital Ocean marketplace, created the droplet strictly according to the recommendations on the Strapi site. When I SSH into the droplet, the opening banner says

"Strapi is still currently being installed, please wait a few
** more minutes."**

It has been a few hours.

When I try to login to the admin with the url http:mydropletIP/admin , I get the following error

502 Bad Gateway

When I check the nginx error log, I can find the following error message

*2021/06/29 11:27:06 [error] 26586#26586: 229 connect() failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream, client:, server: _, request: “GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1”, upstream: “”, host: “”, referrer: “

I did a telnet check on localhost port 1337. There is no service listening to that port on localhost.

I have not done any config changes. In fact I dropped the droplet and recreated it again with the same results.

Please help. I am a newbie to node.js

My netstat output

Active Internet connections (only servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program name
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1066/systemd-resolv
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 862/sshd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 17536/postgres
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 26583/nginx: master
tcp6 0 0 :::22 :::* LISTEN 862/sshd

My pm2 list output

I’m having exactly the same issue. Whenever I try to deploy a one-click strapi application from the digitalocean market place, I get a 502 error when I try to direct my browser to the admin. I also get the “Strapi is still currently being installed, please wait a few more minutes” message when I SSH into my droplet, even a few hours after setting up the droplet.