# Installing as an executable war
Use the executable war as an alternative to a system package:
- Download (opens new window) the executable war (Java) file.
- Define RDECK_BASE environment variable to the location of the install
export RDECK_BASE=$HOME/rundeck; # or where you like it
- Create the directory for the installation.
mkdir -p $RDECK_BASE
- Copy the executable war to the installation directory.
cp rundeck-4.6.1-20220914.war $RDECK_BASE
- Change directory and run the WAR.
cd $RDECK_BASE java -Xmx4g -jar rundeck-4.6.1-20220914.war
- Wait for the Started message.
Grails application running at http://ecto1.local:4440 in environment: production
- Update your shell environment
If you get an error message that resembles the one below, you probably are using an unsupported Java version.
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: Bad version number in .class file
See the startup and shutdown section for
instructions on using the
rundeckd shell tool to manage the
rundeck server process.
# Logging in for the first time
- Navigate to http://localhost:4440/ (opens new window) in a browser
- Log in with the username admin and password admin
Rundeck is now up and running!
Next, learn how to create your first project
When you need to update rundeck and you can not find the relevant section on the docs you are probably on a quite recent version.
- Stop rundeck
- download the new war
- open a prompt, optionally setting RDECK_BASE and launch --installonly
java -jar rundeck-4.6.1-20220914.war --installonly
- copy over your customizations
- don't forget, e.g., sqljdbc41.jar in
- start rundeck
# Executable War Options
The executable war can take a number of options to specify how the server should start. If you execute with a "-h" you will see the usage information:
java -Xmx4g -jar rundeck-4.6.1-20220914.war -h
usage: java [JAVA_OPTIONS] -jar rundeck.war [-c PATH] [-d] [--installonly] [-s PATH] [-b PATH] [-p PATH] [-h] [-x PATH] [--skipinstall] [--serverdir PATH] [--datadir PATH] Run the rundeck server, installing the necessary components if they do not exist. --skipinstall Skip the extraction of the utilities from the launcher. --installonly Perform installation only and do not start the server. -b,--basedir <PATH> The basedir -c,--configdir <PATH> The location of the configuration. -d Show debug information -h,--help Display this message. -p,--projectdir <PATH> The location of Rundeck's project data. -s,--sbindir <PATH> The install directory for the tools used by administrators. -x,--bindir <PATH> The install directory for the tools used by users.
These options can be used to customize the directories used by the executable war. By default all the directories are organized by convention within the current working directory where the executable war is located.
# System Properties
For more information about using SSL, see Configuring Rundeck for SSL.