In this tutorial, we will go over how to install Rundeck on a Ubuntu based VPS.

First and foremost, connect to your server via SSH.

Step 1:

Install Java 11 version by running the two commands bolded below:

root@ip:~# apt install openjdk-11-jre-headless

root@ip:~# java –version
openjdk version “11.0.15” 2022-04-19

OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.15+10-Ubuntu-0ubuntu0.22.04.1)

Step 2:

To login to rundeck, we require user and password, which can be created via MySQL.

Therefore, we need to install mysql service in the server.

root@ip:~# sudo apt install mysql-server

Once the installation is completed, you can login to mysql command prompt, and then create user.

root@ip:~# mysql
mysql> CREATE DATABASE rundeckdb;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> CREATE USER ‘rundeck_test’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘give-any-password’;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO ‘rundeck_test’@’localhost’ WITH GRANT OPTION;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> exit;

Now, we have created the Rundeck user “rundeck_test” with the password “give-any-password“.

Step 3:

Now, we need to configure repos to install Rundeck.

To automatically install the repo, use the command mentioned below:

root@ip:~# curl 2> /dev/null | sudo bash -s rundeck

The output will be as mentioned below:

“The repository is setup! You can now install packages”

Step 4:

Run the command mentioned below to install the package

root@ip:~# sudo apt-get install rundeck

Once it gets complete, check if its installed using the command mentioned below:

root@ip:~# dpkg –list | grep -i rundeck
ii rundeck all Rundeck

Step 5:

Starting Rundeck

root@ip:~# sudo service rundeckd start

Step 6

You need to edit the file: /etc/rundeck/rundeck-config/properties

root@ip:~# nano /etc/rundeck/rundeck-config/properties

Then update configuration like below:

dataSource.username = rundeck_test
dataSource.password = (use the password set from your end for the user “rundeck_test“)

Step 7

This step is only required if your server has a firewall configured. Open port 4440 in your server. If it has CSF firewall, add the port under TCP IN/OUT section in CSF configuration file and restart CSF service.

If your server is not configured to use a firewall, feel free to skip this step.

Step 8

Now access the Rundeck from your browser as below:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Rundeck on your Ubuntu VPS.

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