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Installing Rundeck

Installing Rundeck

Installing Rundeck is a straightforward and efficient way to enhance your organization's workflow automation and streamline your IT operations. Rundeck is an open-source, web-based platform that provides a centralized interface for managing and executing tasks across multiple systems. With its intuitive design and robust features, Rundeck empowers users to create and schedule jobs, run ad-hoc commands, and orchestrate complex workflows with ease. Whether you're a system administrator, developer, or operations team member, installing Rundeck can significantly improve your team's productivity and operational efficiency. In this guide, we will explore the step-by-step process of installing Rundeck, ensuring you have all the necessary components and configuration to unleash the full potential of this powerful tool.

  1. Review the system requirements
  2. Install Rundeck with chosen method
  3. Configure database
  4. Configure Rundeck



Docker is fastest way to try out Rundeck

Quick Start

docker run --rm -it -p 4440:4440 rundeckpro/enterprise:5.2.0

Docker Compose

Check out the Docker Zooopen in new window for configuration examples in Docker Compose! These examples cover common configuration scenarios including connecting to each supported database.

Detailed Docker instructions can be found here.

Database Configuration

Rundeck requires a backend database to store and manage various types of data that are integral to its operation. The backend database serves as a repository for critical information such as job definitions, execution history, project configurations, and user accounts. By leveraging a database, Rundeck ensures data integrity, persistence, and scalability, allowing multiple users to collaborate seamlessly and access the platform's features concurrently.

The backend database plays a crucial role in enabling advanced functionalities within Rundeck, such as job scheduling, execution tracking, and historical data analysis. It allows users to define and store job definitions, which consist of instructions, scripts, and parameters necessary for performing tasks. Moreover, the database records execution history, including timestamps, execution statuses, and output logs, enabling users to review and troubleshoot job runs.

Furthermore, the backend database stores project configurations, which encompass project-specific settings, resource definitions, access controls, and notifications. This central storage ensures consistency and facilitates easy management of project-related data.

Overall, the backend database acts as a reliable foundation for Rundeck's core functionalities, providing a structured and efficient means of storing, retrieving, and organizing data essential for effective workflow automation and orchestration.


Rundeck will initialize an on-disk database using the embedded H2 database on first start using the stock configurations. Production installations of Rundeck running H2 are not supported! Choose a supported database below to configure a production installation.

Edit Database Config


The Rundeck database (or schema) should be setup in advance. The following assumes the database is named rundeck.

Update your file with settings from the following database list and restart Rundeck. This file is located in different locations depending on your installation method:

  • RPM/DEB: /etc/rundeck/
  • WAR/Custom: $RDECK_BASE/server/config/
  • Docker: Check out the Docker Zooopen in new window for configuration examples of each database using Docker Compose!

Replace the following tokens in the instructions for each database:

  • <host>: The database server hostname.
  • <rundeckuser>: The database user with permissions on the rundeck database.
  • <rundeckpassword>: The password for the Rundeck database user.
dataSource.url = jdbc:mysql://<host>/rundeck?autoReconnect=true&useSSL=false
dataSource.username = <rundeckuser>
dataSource.password = <rundeckpassword>
dataSource.driverClassName = org.mariadb.jdbc.Driver

Detailed MySQL instructions.


When using passwords with special characters, ensure there are no spaces between the equal sign and the value provided: dataSource.password=<rundeckpassword>

Rundeck Configuration

Server URL


The configuration option grails.serverUrl must be set properly. The value should match the URL users would use to access Rundeck(ie the URL they would enter into the browser).

For Docker this should be configured with the RUNDECK_GRAILS_URL environment variable.

For deb, rpm, and war this will be set as grails.serverUrl= in the file.

Configuration Reference

Configuration file reference