Installing Ignition on Linux


Learn how to install Ignition on Ubuntu Linux OS.

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[00:07] Installing Ignition on a Linux Operating System is fairly straightforward. You can see here in the upper-left hand corner, I've already downloaded the version 8.0.0 Installer for Linux Operating Systems and placed it here on my Desktop. Next we need to open up a Terminal Window so we can call that file and run it. The first step here in Terminal is to navigate to the location that the installer is located. In this case, mine is on the Desktop so I'm going to navigate to the Desktop. The next step is to modify the file, so that it can be executed.

[00:37] In this case, I do need to call it as a root user. So I'm going to call it as chmod +x, as a sudo user, and I'm going to point it at that installer file. I do need to enter in my password, because I am running things as a root user. Now that that file has been modified to be executable, I can simply call it to run that installer file. Note that I do need to use it as a root user again. Running the installer file will eventually open up the Ignition Setup Wizard. To begin, we simply click on the Forward button in the bottom right-hand corner.

[01:34] This page is going to ask us to specify an Install Directory, I'm gonna leave mine at the default, and click on the Forward button. The next step is to specify a user that the software will be installed under. In this case, it defaults to the currently logged in user, But you can change that if you want. I'm going to leave mine at the default, and click on the Forward button. This next step allows us to choose what Platform Edition of Ignition we want to install. Either the Full-fledged Ignition Platform, or Ignition Edge. I'm going to leave mine at the default and install the Full-fledged Ignition.

[02:11] This next screen allows us to choose either a Typical Installation, or a Custom Installation, where we can specify what modules we want to install. I'm going to stick with the Typical Installation for now, and click on the Forward button. Now the Wizard is ready to install Ignition, so we can click on the forward button and the installation process will begin. You may have noticed that we didn't have to install Java before we installed Ignition. This is because Ignition 8.0.0 comes pre-packaged with Java. So you never have to worry about that again.

[02:46] Just like other installations of Ignition, installing Ignition on a Linux Environment takes just a few moments. Now that the Setup Wizard has finished installing Ignition, we can click on the Finish button at the bottom to start the Ignition service. We will be automatically taken to a web-browser where we're greeted with this welcome page. This welcome page takes us through the commissioning process within Ignition. We'll click on the button in the bottom right to get started.

[03:23] This first step presents us with the End User License Agreement, which we can read first before agreeing with it and continuing on with the next step. This next step allows us to create an initial user for our Ignition system. I'm going to create a user called "ignition" and I'm going to provide them with a password. We do recommend providing your user with a good password, as bad passwords are easily guessable. The Password Strength meter to the right here let's me know that I've entered in a good password. Once I'm satisfied with my user, I can then click on the Next button in the lower right-hand corner.

[04:07] On this final step, we can configure which ports we want Ignition to run on. In this case, the default HTTP Port is 8088, and the default HTTPS Port is 8043. But we can certainly change them here if we wanted to. I'm gonna leave them at the default and go to the next step. With that, system commissioning is now complete and we can click on the Start Gateway button to start up our Gateway. Now that the Gateway service is running, we're presented with some common actions to get our Gateway up and running. Things like setting up a device, activating a license or connecting to a database. Clicking on the button in the lower right-hand corner will take us to the Gateway Homepage. Here, we can configure our Gateway or download the Ignition Designer Launcher to begin designing our very first project.

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