How To Install Rudder on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Rudder on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Rudder on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The rudder is a free, open-source, and multi-platform tool that helps you to automate system configuration across large IT infrastructures. It helps you to manage your IT infrastructure by automating system configurations while ensuring visibility and control of your infrastructure. Rudder offers an outstanding web-based GUI that can help ease the burden on your IT staff a bit.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Rudder system configuration and auditing tool on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Rudder on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget dirmngr gnupg software-properties-common -y

Step 2. Installing Java.

Run the following command below to install Java to your system:

sudo apt install default-jre

Step 3. Installing Rudder on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, Rudder is available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the Rudder repositor on your Ubuntu system:

sh -c 'echo "deb bionic main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/rudder.list'

Next, import the GPG key:

wget --quiet -O- "" | apt-key add -

After adding the Rudder repository, update the local package database and install it:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install rudder-server-root

Step 4. Accessing Rudder Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and access the Rudder web interface using the URL https://your-server-ip-address/rudder. You should see the Rudder login screen:

Install Rudder on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

You should see a loading screen, then a login prompt. The default login is:

  • User: admin
  • Password: admin

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Rudder. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Rudder system configuration and auditing tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Rudder website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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