Installer script
6.3.2. Installation with installer script

It is recommended that you use the shell script installer. Using the installer is quicker and follows our conventions by default.

  • 1.
    Download the Airlock IAM installer script and transfer it to the target host. The latest Airlock IAM installer (airlock-iam-installer-<version>.sh) can be downloaded from This requires an Airlock Techzone account.
  • 2.
    Run the installer script as root: su # if this doesn't work, try running sudo su
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    chmod u+x ./

The installer will print a preview of what the installation will do and wait for confirmation.

In summary, the following actions will be performed:

  • The Airlock IAM distribution will be installed to /opt/airlock-iam-<version>/ and linked to /opt/airlock-iam/
  • The default user is named airlock. If the user does not exist, a new user will be created. 
  • A configuration directory will be created in the users home. By default this will be in /home/airlock/iam.
    • In the configuration directory, a default instance named auth will be created.
    • The application-level configuration file will be /home/airlock/iam/instances/auth/ See: 8.1. Application parameters
  • Bash integration will be installed to ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_completion.d/. By default, those files will be in /home/airlock.
    • The PATH will be set to allow for the "iam" command to be typed directly instead of "/opt/airlock-iam/bin/iam".
    • The default IAM_CONFIG_ROOT will be set to /home/airlock/iam. The "-c" options can therefore be omitted when using the CLI.
    • Bash auto/tab-completion will be enabled.

Once the installer has finished you may switch to the airlock user and start using the CLI:

su - airlock
iam -h       # List available options and subcommands
iam init -h  # List available options for the "init" subcommand

iam run      # Launch the default "auth" instance in the foreground
iam systemd  # Create systemd service files for the default instance

Installer customization options

To see all available customization options, run the installer with the -h option:

./ -h

For automation and scripting, the installer can run without interaction/confirmation, with the -f option.

Unattended installation:

./ -f

The installation target, configuration directories, and the user name can be configured. In order to see all available customization options, run the installer with the -h option.