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Installation via Puppet is deprecated as of Avalon 6.0. If you're looking for automated installation, please see our documentation on installing Avalon with Docker.

This documentation is for Release 5.x. For documentation on previous releases, please select from the options below.

  • Release 1.x version of this page: v.18
  • Release 2.x version of this page: v.35.
  • Release 3.0-3.2 version of this page: v.57
  • Release 3.3 version of this page: v.61.
  • Release 4.0 version of this page: v.72.


  1. Create and log into a CentOS 6.x or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x system as a user with sudo rights

    The current Puppet script has issues if executed on a clean, "minimal" CentOS. A "minimal desktop" CentOS is recommended.

  2. Become root

    sudo -s
  3. Disable SELinux (which we're not currently set up to support)

    echo 0 > /selinux/enforce 
    sed -ie "s/SELINUX=enforcing/SELINUX=permissive/" /etc/selinux/config
  4. Install puppet from the Puppet Labs repository

    rpm -ivh
    yum install puppet
  5. Install git

    yum install git 
  6. Install Ruby 2.2.5 if ruby current version is lower

    ruby -v
    #The following command won't work the first time. 
    # It will request you download the signatures first 
    # and provide the command to download it.
    curl -sSL | bash -s
    source /usr/local/rvm/scripts/rvm
    rvm install 2.2.5
    rvm use 2.2.5
    gem install bundler
  7. Install json extensions for the system ruby

    gem install ruby-json
  8. Clone the Avalon install script

    git clone --recursive --depth 1 -b 5.x-stable
    cd avalon-installer
  9. Set up the installation variables

    export INSTALL_DIR=`pwd`
    ln -s $INSTALL_DIR/files /etc/puppet/avalon_files
  10. Collect facts to feed to puppet about your installation, the following will create hiera/data/custom.yaml

    ruby -r './fact_gatherer.rb' -e 'FactGatherer.gather_facts'


    Facter can't detect some early CentOS 7 versions, if so run

    yum update
  11. Execute the puppet script

    rvm system do puppet apply --fileserverconfig=$INSTALL_DIR/fileserver.conf \
    --modulepath=$INSTALL_DIR/modules --hiera_config=$INSTALL_DIR/hiera/hiera.yaml \
    --templatedir=$INSTALL_DIR/templates manifests/init.pp --detailed-exitcodes

    It is important to give a hostname when asked, otherwise Avalon/Fedora may not work.
    If you see errors like "Could not prefetch firewall provider 'iptables'", then running `iptables --flush` will help.

    Be patient. The manifest needs to download, install and configure a whole lot of dependencies and servers. This could take 30 minutes or more even with a fast connection.

  12. When the script finishes, open a web browser and connect to the public address for your server (e.g., Create a new user with email, this is the default collection_manager and group_manager.

NOTE: Puppet needs to download dozens of system packages, software distributions, source files, and other information, largely from trusted third party repositories. Sometimes, one or more repositories might be offline, unresponsive, or otherwise unavailable, causing Puppet to display a series of errors about failed dependencies. Fortunately, Puppet can usually figure out how to make things right. Simply repeat the puppet apply ... command in step 11 to try to repair the install.


The Avalon Media System requires several ports to be open to client browsers. The Vagrant Install handles all the port forwarding for local access automatically, but the manual install will require attention to make sure the required ports are open and accessible. Here are the manual instructions.

80HTTP (Avalon)Yes
1935RTMP (red5)Yes
5080HTTP (red5)No
8983HTTP (Fedora/Solr)No
18080HTTP (Matterhorn)Yes

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