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Avalon 6.0 does not yet have a sample content package to use with the instructions below. Until one becomes available, please use the Batch Ingest method to ingest sample content.

 This documentation is for Release 5.x, 4.x and 3.x.  For the release 1 and 2 version of this page, see Install Sample Content Via Batch Ingest.

Installation of the sample content is simple, but must be run as the root user from a bash prompt on the Avalon system. The process for this depends on which kind of installation you have.


  • Portable VM image:
    Open a terminal window from within the VM console, and type su root to become the root user. This will require the root password you provided the first time the system was booted.
  • Vagrant virtual machine:
    From within the original installer directory (from step 4 of the Vagrant Virtual Machine Image Installation Instructions), type vagrant ssh to log in as the vagrant user, then type sudo -i to become the root user.
  • Manual Puppet installed machine:
    Log in and become root as you did in steps 1 and 2 of the Manual Puppet Install instructions.

If running a manual installation, a hard link needs to be created so that the sample content rpm can find avalon in the '/var/www/avalon/current' directory.


ln -s /var/www/avalon/ /var/www/avalon/current

Once you have a root prompt, run rpm with the correct rails environment (RAILS_ENV) for your setup and the correct URL for your version.

#For R5 installs:
RAILS_ENV="production" rpm -i
#For R4 installs:
RAILS_ENV="production" rpm -i
#For R3 installs:
RAILS_ENV="production" rpm -i
#For pre-R3 installs:
RAILS_ENV="production" rpm -i

If the install fails and you need to rerun the installation, add the --force flag to the rpm command.


Once the sample content has been loaded, you should be able to discover, view, and play it back.  Open a web browser, connect to your avalon instance, and select Sample Collection from the Collection facet on the left side of the page.

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