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Dashboard on Ubuntu


Ansible is required to run the following commands. Instructions on how install Tyk Dashboard with shell is in the Shell tab.

Getting Started

  1. clone the tyk-ansible repositry
$ git clone https://github.com/TykTechnologies/tyk-ansible
  1. cd into the directory
$ cd tyk-ansible
  1. Run initalization script to initialize environment
$ sh scripts/init.sh
  1. Modify hosts.yml file to update ssh variables to your server(s). You can learn more about the hosts file here

  2. Run ansible-playbook to install tyk-dashboard

$ ansible-playbook playbook.yml -t tyk-dashboard

Install Tyk Dashboard on Ubuntu

Tyk has its own APT repositories hosted by the kind folks at packagecloud.io, which makes it easy, safe and secure to install a trusted distribution of the Tyk Gateway stack.

This tutorial has been tested on Ubuntu 16.04 & 18.04 with few if any modifications. We will install the Tyk Dashboard with all dependencies locally.


  • Have MongoDb and Redis installed - see here for details.
  • Ensure port 3000 is available. This is used by the Dashboard to provide the GUI and the Developer Portal.

Step 1: Set up our APT Repositories

First, add our GPG key which signs our binaries:

curl -L https://packagecloud.io/tyk/tyk-dashboard/gpgkey | sudo apt-key add -

Run update:

sudo apt-get update

Since our repositories are installed via HTTPS, you will need to make sure APT supports this:

sudo apt-get install -y apt-transport-https

Now lets add the required repos and update again (notice the -a flag in the second Tyk commands - this is important!):

echo "deb https://packagecloud.io/tyk/tyk-dashboard/ubuntu/ bionic main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tyk_tyk-dashboard.list

echo "deb-src https://packagecloud.io/tyk/tyk-dashboard/ubuntu/ bionic main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tyk_tyk-dashboard.list

sudo apt-get update

What we’ve done here is:

  • Added the Tyk Dashboard repository
  • Updated our package list

Step 2: Install the Tyk Dashboard

We’re now ready to install the Tyk Dashboard. To install run:

sudo apt-get install -y tyk-dashboard

What we’ve done here is instructed apt-get to install the Tyk Dashboard without prompting. Wait for the downloads to complete.

When the the Tyk Dashboard has finished installing, it will have installed some init scripts, but it will not be running yet. The next step will be to setup each application - thankfully this can be done with three very simple commands.

Verify the origin key (optional)

Debian packages are signed with the repository keys. These keys are verified at the time of fetching the package and is taken care of by the apt infrastructure. These keys are controlled by PackageCloud, our repository provider. For an additional guarantee, it is possible to verify that the package was indeed created by Tyk by verifying the origin certificate that is attached to the package.

First, you have to fetch Tyk’s signing key and import it.

wget https://keyserver.tyk.io/tyk.io.deb.signing.key
gpg --import tyk.io.deb.signing.key

Then, you have to either,

  • sign the key with your ultimately trusted key
  • trust this key ultimately

The downloaded package will be available in /var/cache/apt/archives. Assuming you found the file tyk-gateway-2.9.4_amd64.deb there, you can verify the origin signature.

gpg --verify d.deb
gpg: Signature made Wed 04 Mar 2020 03:05:00 IST
gpg:                using RSA key F3781522A858A2C43D3BC997CA041CD1466FA2F8
gpg: Good signature from "Team Tyk (package signing) <[email protected]>" [ultimate]

Configure Tyk Dashboard


You need to ensure the MongoDB and Redis services are running before proceeding.


You need to replace <hostname> for --redishost=<hostname>, and <IP Address> for --mongo=mongodb://<IP Address>/ with your own values to run this script.

We can set the dashboard up with a helper setup command script. This will get the dashboard set up for the local instance:

sudo /opt/tyk-dashboard/install/setup.sh --listenport=3000 --redishost=<hostname> --redisport=6379 --mongo=mongodb://<IP Address>/tyk_analytics --tyk_api_hostname=$HOSTNAME --tyk_node_hostname=http://localhost --tyk_node_port=8080 --portal_root=/portal --domain="XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX"


Make sure to use the actual DNS hostname or the public IP of your instance as the last parameter.

What we have done here is:

  • --listenport=3000: Told the Tyk Dashboard (and Portal) to listen on port 3000.
  • --redishost=<hostname>: The Tyk Dashboard should use the local Redis instance.
  • --redisport=6379: The Tyk Dashboard should use the default port.
  • --domain="XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX": Bind the dashboard to the IP or DNS hostname of this instance (required).
  • --mongo=mongodb://<IP Address>/tyk_analytics: Use the local MongoDB (should always be the same as the gateway).
  • --tyk_api_hostname=$HOSTNAME: The Tyk Dashboard has no idea what hostname has been given to Tyk, so we need to tell it, in this instance we are just using the local HOSTNAME env variable, but you could set this to the public-hostname/IP of the instance.
  • --tyk_node_hostname=http://localhost: The Tyk Dashboard needs to see a Tyk node in order to create new tokens, so we need to tell it where we can find one, in this case, use the one installed locally.
  • --tyk_node_port=8080: Tell the dashboard that the Tyk node it should communicate with is on port 8080.
  • --portal_root=/portal: We want the portal to be shown on /portal of whichever domain we set for the portal.

Step 1: Enter your Dashboard License

Add your license in /opt/tyk-dashboard/tyk_analytics.conf in the license field.

Step 2: Start the Tyk Dashboard

Start the dashboard service, and ensure it will start automatically on system boot.

sudo systemctl start tyk-dashboard
sudo systemctl enable tyk-dashboard

Step 3: Install Tyk Gateway

Follow the Gateway installation instructions to connect to your Dashboard instance before you continue on to step 4.

Step 4: Bootstrap the Dashboard with an initial User and Organisation

Go to:

You should get to the Tyk Dashboard Setup screen:

Tyk Dashboard Bootstrap Screen

Step 5 - Create your Organisation and Default User

You need to enter the following:

  • Your Organisation Name
  • Your Organisation Slug
  • Your User Email Address
  • Your User First and Last Name
  • A Password for your User
  • Re-enter your user Password


For a password, we recommend a combination of alphanumeric characters, with both upper and lower case letters.

Click Bootstrap to save the details.

Step 6 - Login to the Dashboard

You can now log in to the Tyk Dashboard from, using the username and password created in the Dashboard Setup screen.

Configure your Developer Portal

To set up your Developer Portal follow our Self-Managed tutorial on publishing an API to the Portal Catalogue.