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The Kiuwan On-Premises installer is a powerful tool that suits multiple environment scenarios:

  • Single-host full contained installation.
  • Multi-host installation where infrastructure services are externalized.
  • Multi-host installation where Kiuwan services are distributed (only AWS environments supported so far).
  • Any combination of the two previous scenarios.

Depending on your needs, a different installation approach will be needed. Check this installation guide for details on how to proceed and to find the solution that best fits your requirements.

System requirements

Installation requirements

It is mandatory for any host where Kiuwan On-Premises is installed to meet these requirements:

  • Linux distribution
  • Linux kernel version 3.10 or higher
  • Connectivity to SMTP Mail Server.
  • Internet connectivity during the installation process (see Installation guide).
  • Installing user must be root or have sudo privileges.

These softwares are also needed:

  • Docker CE >=19.03.2
  • Docker-compose >= 1.24.1
  • Unzip
  • GNU tar
  • Java Runtime Environment >=8 (needed to generate keystores for custom hosts).
  • Openssl >= 1.1.1 (needed to generate certificates for custom hosts).

Please follow Docker official recommendations when installing Docker. These URLs describe the installation process for different Linux distributions:

We also recommend using the target installation hosts exclusively for Kiuwan services. If you plan on running other containers than Kiuwan's in a single-host installation, please make sure that none of them are using the following network:

Needed internet connections

Please make sure your host machines have connection to these servers when installing Kiuwan On-Premises:

HostNeeded whenPurpose
https://hub.docker.comInstallingThis is the main Docker server where the needed images will be pulled from.
https://static.kiuwan.comInstallingThis is Kiuwan's static content server, needed by the installer to download needed resources.

You own a Kiuwan On-Premises Insights license, both for installing and running

This is Kiuwan's central API endpoint, needed to update Insights vulnerabilities database.

CPU and memory minimum requirements

The following table shows the minimum requirements for each service. Note that these are only minimum requirements. You should take care of giving each service enough resources depending on your system demands.

ServiceMemoryCPU cores
wildfly-f[n]2GB2 cores
wildfly-a[n]2GB2 cores
wildfly-s[n]2GB2 cores
mysql5GB4 cores
loadbalancer1GB1 core
redis_0000[n]2GB2 cores

Note: CPU clock speed and disk speed will affect the overall response time. 

With the above configuration, a system with the following load should give continuous service without problems:

  • Parallel processing of 2 analyses (any additional parallel analysis request will be enqueued, and it will be executed as soon as any of the running analyses finishes)
  • 50 concurrent web users or REST API calls.

Given the table above, for a single-host installation where no service is externalized the minimum system requirements are:

  • 14GB of RAM and a processor with 8 cores for Kiuwan On-Premises.

It is recommended that you overscale these characteristics for the OS to have resources available for itself.

The Kiuwan On-Premises installation tool (kiuwan-cluster)

The Kiuwan On-Premises installation process is carried out by our "kiuwan-cluster" tool.

The tool is provided as a tar.gz file. The following table summarizes the resources you will find once the tool distribution is extracted:

/config/volumes.propertiesConfiguration file to set where your persistent volumes will reside.
/docker/*.shAdvanced shell scripts to interact with your Kiuwan On-Premises installation.
/logsThe folder where the tool will write installation logs.
/sslTools that ease the certificate creation to keep Kiuwan On-Premises under a secure environment.
/user-contentThe folder where you will have to put some resources the installation process will need.
/volumesThe base persistent volumes (that may be copied to different locations depending on your installation needs).


Main shell scripts to interact with your Kiuwan On-Premise installation.

The following sections will guide you through the installation process.

Installation: common steps

This guide will reference two important folders:

  • [INSTALL_DIR]: where the installation tool (kiuwan-cluster) will be located.
  • [VOLUMES_DIR]: where the persistent volumes will be located.

Sometimes these folders will be referenced inside command line examples. Please make sure you replace any of them with the needed real path.

Note that it is up to you where these folders will be located.

Step 1: download kiuwan-cluster

The first step is to download kiuwan-cluster (the Kiuwan On-Premises installation tool). It can be downloaded directly from a terminal like this:


This will download the latest available installation tool to the current directory.

Step 2: untar kiuwan-cluster

Once downloaded, you should untar the provided gz file:

tar xvzpf kiuwan-cluster_master.tar.gz

This will untar the installation tool to a folder with extended version information of the tool. For example:


This folder will be referred to as [INSTALL_DIR] throughout this guide.

Step 3: copy license files

In order to be able to start a Kiuwan On-Premises installation, you will need two license files:


Copy these files to the user-content folder of your installation tool directory (please replace [INSTALL_DIR] with the real location of your installation directory):

cp [INSTALL_DIR]/user-content
cp [INSTALL_DIR]/user-content

Step 4: download and copy the needed driver version for MySQL

Kiuwan On-Premises needs this exact MySQL driver:


You can download it by executing this command and extracting the jar file included inside the tar:


Copy the connector jar file to the user content folder:

cp mysql-connector-java-5.1.39-bin.jar [INSTALL_DIR]/user-content

Step 5: initialize your volumes

The installation tool comes with the base volumes to boot a first installation of Kiuwan On-Premises. We provide three volumes:

  • config-shared: contains the base configuration, shared between different services.
  • data-shared: contains the base data structure, shared between different services.
  • data-local: contains the base data structure, independent for each service.

Copy the provided volumes to your desired location:

sudo cp -rp [INSTALL_DIR]/volumes/config-shared [VOLUMES_DIR]/config-shared
sudo cp -rp [INSTALL_DIR]/volumes/data-shared [VOLUMES_DIR]/data-shared
sudo cp -rp [INSTALL_DIR]/volumes/data-local [VOLUMES_DIR]/data-local

Take note of the locations you choose for each volume. You will need these paths for the next installation step.

Step 6: configure the created volume paths

Edit the file located in [INSTALL_DIR]/config/ and set the previous paths to each property:


Please remember that [VOLUMES_DIR] here is just a placeholder for the real path you chose.

Step 7: configure your email server

Kiuwan needs an working and accessible e-mail server to send notifications.

Edit with your preferred editor the main configuration file, found in your [VOLUMES_DIR]:

sudo vim [VOLUMES_DIR]/config-shared/globalConfig/

Please note that this is the file located in your [VOLUMES_DIR], not in the [INSTALLER_DIR], which only contains the base volumes.

Edit the following properties under the section named "Kiuwan instances shared configuration":

  • the host of your email server.

  • kiuwan.mail.port: the port of your email server.

  • kiuwan.mail.username: the username to use when authenticating with your email server.

  • kiuwan.mail.password: the password to use when authenticating with your email server.

  • kiuwan.mail.from: the email account to use as the sender.

  • kiuwan.default.mail.account: the email account to set to your default Kiuwan user.

Installation: single-host and minimum configuration

Follow this section if you want to proceed and install Kiuwan On-Premises with no further customization.

The defaults will install Kiuwan On-Premises with these characteristics:

  • Single-host installation, including these services (see System architecture for more details):
    • Apache as a load balancer.
    • A Kiuwan front instance.
    • A Kiuwan analyzer instance.
    • A Kiuwan scheduler instance.
    • MySQL database.
    • Redis cluster.
  • HTTPS support when accessing Kiuwan and between the loadbalancer and Kiuwan instances.
  • Kiuwan On-Premises deployed in the default domain (https://kiuwan.onpremise.local).

If this is enough for you, just continue with the following steps.

Step 1: deploy user content

On a terminal, navigate to the [INSTALL_DIR] folder and execute this command:

sudo ./

This will copy the user-content files to the configured volumes and set the needed permissions.

Step 2: install Kiuwan On-Premises

On a terminal, navigate to the [INSTALL_DIR] folder and execute this command:

sudo ./

This will:

  • Download and run the needed Docker images.
  • Install the database resources for Kiuwan On-Premises.
  • Download the latest available Local Analyzer, Engine and Kiuwan for Developers to make them available in your installation.
  • Install the engine data in your Kiuwan On-Premises database.
  • Autogenerate the needed configuration for each Kiuwan instance.
  • Run all the needed containers.

Once the installation is finisished please refer to the Installation guide section.

Installation: modifying the default domain

The default configuration sets "kiuwan.onpremise.local" as the default domain to access Kiuwan On-Premises.

We encourage to change the default domain, but take into account that this means updating the provided certificates to keep your installation connections secure.

Step 1: edit the global configuration file

Using your favourite editor, edit the default configuration file located in your config-shared volume:

sudo vim [VOLUMES_DIR]/config-shared/globalConfig/

Edit these properties (kiuwan.port is only needed if you want to use https under a different port than the default 443):

  • kiuwan.domain
  • kiuwan.port

Step 2: update load balancer configuration

Once you have selected your new domain and if you are using the provided Apache load balancer, you should edit the main Apache configuration file:

sudo vim [VOLUMES_DIR]/config-shared/ApacheLoadBalancer/conf/httpd.conf

Edit this line and change the default domain (kiuwan.onpremise.local) to your new domain:

Define kiuwanDomain kiuwan.onpremise.local

If you have externalized the provided Apache load balancer, you should edit the equivalent configuration file to set the new domain.

Step 3: generate new certificates

Please refere to the Managing certificates guide and follow the needed steps depending on your needs.

Once this is done, you should have these files under the [INSTALL_DIR]/user-content/certs folder:

  • cacert.pem
  • domainkey.pem
  • domaincert.pem
  • domainkeystore.jks
  • truststore.jks

Step 4: complete your installation

If you are performing a new Kiuwan On-Premises installation, please refer to the steps indicated in the following sections, depending on your installation needs:

If you have already installed Kiuwan On-Premises, you will need to stop your containers, update the deployed configuration and restart them. To do so, execute these commands:

cd [INSTALL_DIR]/docker
sudo ./
sudo ./
sudo ./
sudo ./
sudo ./

Step 5: update your DNS or hosts files

If you are modifying an existing Kiuwan On-Premises installation, you will need to update your DNS or hosts files.

Note that if you have generated new certificates signed by a different CA than the one that signed the previous ones, you should update your Kiuwan On-Premises clients certificates or truststores.

Please refer to Installation guide for details on these topics.

Installation: externalizing services

Kiuwan On-Premises uses three main services under its infrastructure's hood:

  • Apache: used as a load balancer when multiple Kiuwan frontal instances are running.
  • Redis: an in-memory cache to speed up response times.
  • MySQL: Kiuwan's main database.

If you want to use your own services for any of the previous, Kiuwan On-Premises can connect to them bypassing their creation at installation time.

Configuring services to externalize

First of all, you will need to edit the main configuration file and mark which services you want to externalize:

  • [VOLUMES_DIR]/config-shared/globalConfig/

This table shows the properties you should modify when externalizing each service:

ServicePropertyDefault value

When setting to "true" any of the previous properties, the corresponding service will be externalized and the installation tool will not manage any related instance. Note that all the configuration will be up to you, as the Kiuwan On-Premise installer will only be able to configure how Kiuwan On-Premise will connect to your own services.

Externalizing Apache

When externalizing this service you should take into account that:

  • Each Kiuwan On-Premises frontal instance domain name is wildflykiuwan-f[n], being [n] the frontal instance number. Note that depending on your installation needs you may want to access each instance via IP or its own host name.
  • Each Kiuwan On-Premises frontal instance only exposes the port 8[n]43 for https traffic, being [n] the frontal instance number.
  • You should provide your frontal service the needed certificates in order to make https connections available (please refer to Managing certificates for more information):
    • domaincert.pem
    • domainkey.pem
    • cacert.pem

Externalizing Redis

In case you set Redis as an external service, Kiuwan On-Premises needs to know where each Redis nodes are deployed and which ports to use when connecting to them.

In case you use an special DNS that can resolve the same host to different hosts and ports (DNS Round-Robin or equivalent), you should configure just an single host.

All the needed configuration is located in the main configuration file:

  • [VOLUMES_DIR]/config-shared/globalConfig/

The following table shows the properties to configure (note that you should set exactly the same configuration for both "cache" and "store" Redis configurations):

redis.[cache|store].nodesComma separated list of host and port for each Redis,,,,,
redis.[cache|store].timeoutConnection timeout in milliseconds2000
redis.[cache|store].password Password to use when connecting to a node (leave empty if you have set no password access) 
 redis.[cache|store].clientNameName of the client connection (defaults to empty) 

It is mandatory for Kiuwan On-Premises to work with your Redis installation that it complies with these characteristics:

  • Redis version must be equal or higher than 5.0.4.
  • Redis must be configured as a cluster.
  • Eviction policy must be set to "noeviction" (refer to Redis official documentation, maxmemory-policy configuration property).

Externalizing MySQL

When externalizing MySQL note that your MySQL installation should comply with these characteristics:

  • MySQL version 5.7
  • Maximum number of connections: 130 per Kiuwan On-Premises instance.

Step 1: create Kiuwan On-Premises schemas

You should create the needed schemas in your MySQL installation. To do so, please execute this script with a user that has schema creation privileges:

create database opt_activity CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;
create database opt_cinc CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;
create database opt_metamodel CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;
create database opt_qmm CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;
create database opt_transaction CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;
create database opt_insight CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci;

Step 2: create Kiuwan On-Premises user

You should create the user that will be connecting to Kiuwan On-Premises schemas. Please run this script as an admin user to do so:

create user '[USER]'@'%' identified by '[PASSWORD]';
grant all privileges on `opt_%`.* to '[USER]'@'%' identified by '[PASSWORD]';
flush privileges;

Note that you should replace [USER] with the desired user name and [PASSWORD] with the desired password.

Step 3: configure your installation

The following table shows the properties to configure for Kiuwan On-Premises to connect to your own MySQL instance:

mysql.hostYou MySQL installation hostmysqlkiuwan
mysql.portThe connection port to access your MySQL installation3306
mysql.usernameThe user that will be connecting to Kiuwan On-Premises schemas (should match the one provided in the previous step)csaas
mysql.passwordThe user's password (should match the one provided in the previous step) 

Installation: using Amazon S3 as file repository

Kiuwan On-Premises uses these shared file repositories to store analysis related data:

  • kiuwanCentralRepository: stores analysis results files.
  • kiuwanSourceCodeRepository: stores source code.

These two Kiuwan On-Premises internal file repositories can be replaced with Amazon S3 buckets.

To do so, you should first configure these properties in the main configuration file ([VOLUMES_DIR]/config-shared/globalConfig/

  • centralFileRepository.type=s3
  • sourceCodeFileRepository.type=s3

The following table shows the properties you should modify when making Kiuwan On-Premises connect to AWS S3 buckets:



Your AWS S3 bucket names3mycompany-us
s3.privateBucket.subDirectoryNameYour AWS S3 subdirectory name under the configured bucketmydirectory
s3.privateBucket.accessKeyIdAWS access key for your bucketBS3BX35Z27UAQCEACTPQ
s3.privateBucket.secretKeyIdAWS secret key for your bucketAasdfjklwe1234123lkjfasc21ssACasfEq124Da
s3.dir.centralFileRepositoryThe main key prefix that will be used to keep the central file repository entrieskiuwanCentralWorkingDirectory/analysisData
s3.dir.sourceCodeFileRepositoryThe main key prefix that will be used to keep the source code file repository entrieskiuwanCentralWorkingDirectory/analyzedSourceCode

Installation: advanced configuration

All configuration properties you can edit are located in this file located inside your data-shared volume:

  • [VOLUMES_DIR]/config-shared/globalConfig/

Here is a complete list of the properties you can configure and their meaning (default passwords are omitted):

PropertyDefault valueMeaning
Access configuration
kiuwan.protocolhttpsKiuwan default access protocol
kiuwan.domainkiuwan.onpremise.localKiuwan default domain
kiuwan.port443Kiuwan default access port
Mailing configuration Email server host
kiuwan.mail.port Email server port
kiuwan.mail.username Email server username
kiuwan.mail.password Email server password
kiuwan.mail.from Email account you want Kiuwan to use when sending emails
kiuwan.default.mail.account Email account to set to the built-in Kiuwan users
Kiuwan instances shared configuration
timezoneEurope/MadridKiuwan servers timezone
Kiuwan front instances configuration
kiuwan.nodes.front.max.memory1024mMax memory to set to front instances
session.timeout3600Time a session can be inactive before close it (in seconds)
session.securefalseUse the secure attribute of the session cookie
session.httponlyfalseUse the httponly attribute of the session cookie
Kiuwan analyzer instances configuration
kiuwan.nodes.analyzers.max.memory1024mMax memory to set to analyzer instances
queues.reportsGeneratedQueueSize2Number of slots enabled for analysis processing
Kiuwan scheduler instances configuration
kiuwan.nodes.schedulers.max.memory1024mMax memory to set to front instances
Kiuwan file repositories configuration
centralFileRepository.typefilesystemCentral file repository storage type [filesystem|s3]
sourceCodeFileRepository.typefilesystemSource code repository storage type [filesystem|s3]
Amazon S3 bucket configuration (only applies when using AWS S3 type repositories)
s3.privateBucket.bucketName S3 bucket name
s3.privateBucket.subDirectoryName S3 subdirectory name
s3.privateBucket.accessKeyId Access key id
s3.privateBucket.secretKeyId Secret key id
s3.dir.centralFileRepository Central file repository directory
s3.dir.sourceCodeFileRepository Source code file repository directory
MySQL configuration
mysql.hostmysqlkiuwanMySQL server host
mysql.port3306MySQL server port
mysql.usernamecsaasMySQL server username
mysql.password MySQL server password
mysql.config.useSSLfalseEnable or disable the use of encryption when connecting to MySQL
mysql.config.requireSSLfalseForce the use of encryption when connecting to MySQL
mysql.config.verifyServerCertificatefalseForce the validation of the certificate served MySQL
Redis Cluster cache and store configuration
redis.[cache|store].nodesredis_0000[1-6]:6379Redis nodes hosts (use the provided single host name when using elasticache)
redis.[cache|store].timeout2000Redis connection timeout
redis.[cache|store].password Redis password
redis.[cache|store].clientName Redis client name
SSL configuration
java.keystore.password Java keystore password. This must be aligned with the generated keystore password (in case you change the default Kiuwan host name)
java.truststore.password Java truststore password. This must be aligned with the generated truststore password (in case you change the default Kiuwan host name)

Accessing your Kiuwan On-Premises installation

In order to access your Kiuwan On-Premises installation you should follow a few more steps.

Step 1: add your domain to your local network DNS

To access your Kiuwan On-Premises installation you should take into account whether the selected domain is available in the DNSs your local network may use.

In order to access Kiuwan you will need to do one of the following options:

  • Add kiuwan.onpremise.local to your DNS (recommended option).
  • Add kiuwan.onpremise.local to your hosts file.

For testing purposes or if you choose the second option, edit this file in the host where you plan to access Kiuwan from:

  • Windows OS: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
  • Linux OS: /etc/hosts

Add the following entry to the previous file:

[kiuwan_on_premise_host_ip] [kiuwan_on_premise_host]

For example, the previous entry may look like this for an installation pointing to the default host (note that the IP of the example may change in your local network): kiuwan.onpremise.local

Step 2: add your certificates' CA to your clients

Depending on whether you are using a trusted CA or not to sign your certificates, you may need to add the CA to your client's certificate store to avoid warning messages. 

Please refer to the Adding the provided or a custom CA to Kiuwan On-Premises' clients section for a complete explanation on how to handle this depending on your installation configuration.

Step 3: wait for Kiuwan services to be started

Note that although the installation process may have finished, the Kiuwan servers may need some minutes to start up. Please wait if you receive a "404 - Not Found" error message when accessing Kiuwan On-Premises.

Step 4: access Kiuwan On-Premises

Accessing the web application

Once the previous steps have been done, you should be able to access Kiuwan On-Premises entering your Kiuwan host in your browser which by default is:


You will access you Kiuwan On-Premisesinstallation's main login page:

Exploiting Kiuwan REST API

To access  your Kiuwan On-Premises installation via its REST API, you should point to this URL:


Configuring Kiuwan for Developers

To install Kiuwan for Developers plugins you should point to the corresponding download endpoint for each Kiuwan for Developers distribution:

IDE distributionHow to installURL

Add a new updatesite 

JetBrainsAdd a new custom plugin repositoryhttps://[KIUWAN_DOMAIN]/pub/jetbrains/plugins.xml
Visual StudioAdd an extension galleryhttps://[KIUWAN_DOMAIN]/pub/vsgallery/atom.xml
Visual Studio CodeDownload the extension package file and use the "Install from VSIX" optionhttps://[KIUWAN_DOMAIN]/pub/vscode/k4d-vscode.vsix

Please refer to Kiuwan for Developers page for more information.

Default users

Kiuwan On-Premises supplies two user accounts:

UsernameDefault password

Please make sure you change these passwords as soon as possible accessing the upper right menu option "Account management", section "Change password".

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