2.1. Python Package Index

You can install privacyidea on usually any Linux distribution in a python virtual environment. This way you keep all privacyIDEA code in one defined subdirectory.


privacyIDEA depends on python 2.7 to run properly.

You first need to install some development packages. E.g. on debian based distributions the packages are called

  • libjpeg-dev
  • libz-dev
  • python-dev
  • libffi-dev
  • libssl-dev
  • libxslt1-dev

Now you can install privacyIDEA like this:

virtualenv /opt/privacyidea

cd /opt/privacyidea
source bin/activate

Now you are within the python virtual environment. Within the environment you can now run:

pip install privacyidea

To achieve a deterministic installation, you can now pin the installed versions to our tested versions like this:

pip install -r lib/privacyidea/requirements.txt

Please see the section The Config File for a quick setup of your configuration.

Then create the encryption key and the signing keys:

pi-manage create_enckey
pi-manage create_audit_keys

Create the database and the first administrator:

pi-manage createdb
pi-manage admin add admin -e admin@localhost

Now you can run the server for your first test:

pi-manage runserver

Stamp the database, so that privacyIDEA has the right database schema version. This is important for later update processes:

pi-manage db stamp head -d /opt/privacyidea/lib/privacyidea/migrations

Depending on the database you want to use, you may have to install additional packages.