Zuul From Scratch

This document details a fully manual installation of Zuul on a all-in-one server. If you want to learn all the details about how to install Zuul without the aid of any existing installation tools, you may find this a useful reference.

If, instead, you want to get Zuul running quickly, see the Quick-Start Installation and Tutorial which runs all of the Zuul services in containers with a single command.

Environment Setup

Follow the instructions below, depending on your server type.



Nodepool can support different backends. Select the configuration for your installation.


Write the Zuul config file. Note that this configures Zuul’s web server to listen on all public addresses. This is so that Zuul may receive webhook events from GitHub. You may wish to proxy this or further restrict public access.

sudo bash -c "cat > /etc/zuul/zuul.conf <<EOF






sudo bash -c "cat > /etc/zuul/main.yaml <<EOF
- tenant:
    name: quickstart

Starting Services

After you have Zookeeper, Nodepool, and Zuul installed and configured, you can start Nodepool and Zuul services with:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

sudo systemctl start nodepool-launcher.service
sudo systemctl status nodepool-launcher.service
sudo systemctl enable nodepool-launcher.service

sudo systemctl start zuul-scheduler.service
sudo systemctl status zuul-scheduler.service
sudo systemctl enable zuul-scheduler.service
sudo systemctl start zuul-executor.service
sudo systemctl status zuul-executor.service
sudo systemctl enable zuul-executor.service
sudo systemctl start zuul-web.service
sudo systemctl status zuul-web.service
sudo systemctl enable zuul-web.service

Use Zuul Jobs

Zuul provides a standard library of jobs and roles. To take advantage of these jobs, add the zuul-jobs repo, which is hosted by the Zuul project, to your system.

Add to /etc/zuul/zuul.conf:

sudo bash -c "cat >> /etc/zuul/zuul.conf <<EOF

[connection zuul-git]

Restart executor and scheduler:

sudo systemctl restart zuul-executor.service
sudo systemctl restart zuul-scheduler.service

Setup Your Repo

Select your code repository to setup.