Upgrade Rundeck 2.11.X to Rundeck 3.X

Updated June 1, 2018

Rundeck Launcher

The "launcher jar" for Rundeck 2 is gone. However, the .war file now operates the same way. Just use the .war in the same way as the previous launcher jar, or deploy it as a webapp.

To upgrade to Rundeck 3 using launcher use the following steps:

NOTE: replace $RDECK_BASE below with the real path.

  • Stop Rundeck Service, eg: $RDECK_BASE/server/sbin/rundeckd stop

  • In case you have customs plugins on libext folder, backup them. For example, you can move the full libext:

    	mv $RDECK_BASE/libext $RDECK_BASE/libext.2-11
  • Remove previous "source" folders:

    	rm -rf $RDECK_BASE/server/exp/ $RDECK_BASE/server/lib/ $RDECK_BASE/server/sbin/ $RDECK_BASE/tools/
  • Copy the new war file to $RDECK_BASE and install it:

    	java -jar rundeck-3.X.war --installonly
  • Add the following attribute to $RDECK_BASE/server/config/rundeck-config.properties

  • Copy the "custom" plugins back to $RDECK_BASE/libext folder

  • Start rundeck 3: $RDECK_BASE/server/sbin/rundeckd start

Rundeck DEB Package

The upgrade process can be done using the .deb file or using the command apt-get:

If using deb package

sudo dpkg -i rundeck-3.0.X.deb

If using apt-get

sudo apt-get upgrade rundeck

Configuration Files:

When the upgrade command is run, the upgrade process will prompt about what to do with the new version of config files. In the case of rundeck-config.properties, a merge needs to be done between the old and new version, because the attribute rundeck.log4j.config.file is needed on Rundeck 3 (this attribute is part of the default rundeck-config.properties template):

Configuration file '/etc/rundeck/rundeck-config.properties'
 ==> Modified (by you or by a script) since installation.
 ==> Package distributor has shipped an updated version.
   What would you like to do about it ?  Your options are:
    Y or I  : install the package maintainer's version
    N or O  : keep your currently-installed version
      D     : show the differences between the versions
      Z     : start a shell to examine the situation
 The default action is to keep your current version.
*** rundeck-config.properties (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ?

For example, if you select "YES" the older file will be moved to rundeck-config.properties.dpkg-old, and rundeck-config.properties will be loaded with the default values (so a merge will be needed)

-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  986 May 11 19:13 realm.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  730 May 11 19:13 project.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 7529 May 11 19:13 log4j.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  136 May 11 19:13 jaas-loginmodule.conf
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 1104 May 11 19:13 apitoken.aclpolicy
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  738 May 11 19:13 admin.aclpolicy
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 1438 Jun  1 19:28 framework.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  454 Jun  1 19:32 rundeck-config.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 3419 Jun  1 19:32 profile
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  511 Jun  1 19:32 cli-log4j.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  673 Jun  4 14:22 rundeck-config.properties.dpkg-old
drwxr-x--- 1 rundeck rundeck 4096 Jun  4 14:25 ssl

A restart is necessary after the merge of rundeck-config.properties

Rundeck RPM Package

The upgrade process can be done using the .rpm file or using the command yum:

Using rpm package

sh-4.2# rpm -U rundeck-3.x.rpm rundeck-config-3.X.rpm

warning: /etc/rundeck/framework.properties created as /etc/rundeck/framework.properties.rpmnew
warning: /etc/rundeck/rundeck-config.properties created as /etc/rundeck/rundeck-config.properties.rpmnew
rundeck.server.uuid = XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Using yum

sh-4.2#  yum upgrade rundeck rundeck-config

In the case of the RPM upgrade, the old properties files are not modified, and the new files are saved with the extension .rpmnew. For the configuration file rundeck-config.properties a merge is needed to include new default attribute (rundeck.log4j.config.file).

sh-4.2# ls -lrt
total 56
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  455 Jun  1 19:34 rundeck-config.properties.rpmnew
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  986 Jun  1 19:34 realm.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  729 Jun  1 19:34 project.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 3426 Jun  1 19:34 profile
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 7538 Jun  1 19:34 log4j.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  136 Jun  1 19:34 jaas-loginmodule.conf
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 1177 Jun  1 19:34 framework.properties.rpmnew
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  511 Jun  1 19:34 cli-log4j.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 1104 Jun  1 19:34 apitoken.aclpolicy
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  738 Jun  1 19:34 admin.aclpolicy
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck  673 Jun  4 16:02 rundeck-config.properties
-rw-r----- 1 rundeck rundeck 1505 Jun  4 16:02 framework.properties
drwxr-x--- 1 rundeck rundeck 4096 Jun  4 16:08 ssl

If the profile file was modified on 2.11.x, the new profile file (for 3.x) will be created with the name profile.rpmnew. If that is the case, merge the changes on the old file and move them to the new one, eg:

mv /etc/rundeck/profile.rpmnew /etc/rundeck/profile

A restart is necessary after the merge of rundeck-config.properties or/and profile file.

Tomcat War deployment

  • Stop Tomcat

  • Delete $tomcat.base/webapps/rundeck

  • Delete $tomcat.base/webapps/rundeck.war

  • Place Rundeck 3 as the old war file $tomcat.base/webapps/rundeck.war

  • Start Tomcat


  • Due to changes in authentication, tomcat-users.xml and other Tomcat's authentication modules no longer work, you should configure users as in a launcher installation.

  • If you do not have "-Drundeck.config.location" defined or configured in $tomcat.base/bin/setenv.sh file (tomcat.base\bin\setenv.bat for Windows), it will take $rdeck.base/server/config/rundeck-config.properties.

  • If Rundeck is not starting, please remove $rdeck.base/var/.install_complete and restart Tomcat.