2.2. Ubuntu Packages

There are ready made packages for Ubuntu. Up to privacyIDEA 2.23 packages are available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS [4]. These are available via a public ppa repository [1].

Starting with privacyIDEA 3.0 packages are available for Ubuntu 16.04LTS and 18.04LTS [5].

2.2.1. Installing privacyIDEA 3.0 or higher

Before installing privacyIDEA 3.0 or upgrading to 3.0 you need to add the repository. Add repository

Create a new file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/privacyidea-community.list with the following contents:

“xenial” is for Ubuntu 16.04LTS. If you are running Ubuntu 18.04LTS, replase “xenial” with “bionic”:

Download the signing key:

wget https://lancelot.netknights.it/NetKnights-Release.asc

On Ubuntu 16.04 check the fingerprint of the key:

gpg --with-fingerprint NetKnights-Release.asc

On 18.04 you need to run:

gpg --dry-run --import --with-fingerprint NetKnights-Release.asc

The fingerprint of the key is:

pub 4096R/AE250082 2017-05-16 NetKnights GmbH <release@netknights.it>
Key fingerprint = 0940 4ABB EDB3 586D EDE4 AD22 00F7 0D62 AE25 0082

Now add the signing key to your system:

apt-key add NetKnights-Release.asc New installation of privacyIDEA 3.0

Now run:

apt update
apt install privacyidea-apache2 Upgrading privacyIDEA to 3.0

If you want to upgrade your privacyIDEA on Ubuntu to privacyIDEA 3.0, you need to add a new repository configuration as described in Add repository.

Now you can simply run:

apt update
apt dist-upgrade

After this it is a good idea to remove old, unused packages by running:

apt autoremove

2.2.2. Installing privacyIDEA 2.23

If you want to for any reason install the old version 2.23.x, this is still available in a public ppa repository [1]. Install it like this:

add-apt-repository ppa:privacyidea/privacyidea
apt-get update

There are the base packages python-privacyidea and the administrator tool privacyideaadm.

But we recommend installing the meta package:

apt-get install privacyidea-apache2

which will install the code, the webserver and the database and configure everything accordingly. If you do not like the Apache2 webserver you could alternatively use the meta package privacyidea-nginx.

After installing with Apache2 or Nginx you only need to create your first administrator and you are done:

pi-manage admin add admin -e admin@localhost

Now you may proceed to First Steps.


The packages privacyidea-apache2 and privacyidea-nginx assume that you want to run a privacyIDEA system. These packages deactivate all other (default) websites. You can install the package privacyidea-mysql to install the privacyIDEA application and setup the database. After this, you need to configure the webserver on your own.


To get the latest development snapshots, you can use the repository ppa:privacyidea/privacyidea-dev. But these packages might be broken sometimes!

2.2.3. FreeRADIUS

privacyIDEA has a perl module to “translate” RADIUS requests to the API of the privacyIDEA server. This module plugs into FreeRADIUS. The FreeRADIUS does not have to run on the same machine like privacyIDEA. To install this module run:

apt-get install privacyidea-radius

For further details see RADIUS plugin.

2.2.4. SimpleSAMLphp

Starting with 1.4 privacyIDEA also supports SAML via a plugin for simpleSAMLphp [2]. The simpleSAMLphp service does not need to run on the same machine like the privacyIDEA server.

To install it on a Ubuntu 14.04 system please run:

apt-get install privacyidea-simplesamlphp

For further details see simpleSAMLphp Plugin.

2.2.5. PAM

privacyIDEA also comes with a PAM library to add two factor authentication to any Linux system. You can run one central privacyIDEA server and configure all other systems using the PAM library to authenticate against this privacyIDEA.

To install it on a Ubuntu 14.04 system please run:

apt-get install privacyidea-pam

For further details see Pluggable Authentication Module.

2.2.6. OTRS

OTRS is an important Open Source Ticket Request System. It is written in Perl and privacyIDEA provides an authentication plugin to authenticate at OTRS with two factors.

To install it on Ubuntu 14.04 please run:

apt-get install privacyidea-otrs

For further details and configuration see OTRS.


[1](1, 2) https://launchpad.net/~privacyidea
[4]Starting with privacyIDEA 2.15 Ubuntu 16.04 packages are provided
[5]Starting with privacyIDEA 3.0 Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 packages are provided, Ubuntu 14.04 packages are dropped.