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  • Ansible is required to run the following commands. Instructions on how install Tyk CE with shell is in the Shell tab.
  • Ensure port 8080 is open: this is used in this guide for Gateway traffic (the API traffic to be proxied).

Getting Started

  1. clone the tyk-ansible repository
$ git clone https://github.com/TykTechnologies/tyk-ansible
  1. cd into the directory
$ cd tyk-ansible
  1. Run the initalization script to initialise your environment
$ sh scripts/init.sh
  1. Modify the 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-ce

$ ansible-playbook playbook.yml -t tyk-ce -t redis

You can choose to not install Redis by using -t redis. However Redis is a requirement and needs to be installed for the Tyk Gateway to run.

Supported Distributions

Distribution Version Supported
Amazon Linux 2
CentOS 8 ⚠️
CentOS 7
CentOS 6
RHEL 8 ⚠️
Symbol Description
Tested / Supported
⚠️ Tested / Not officially supported by Tyk
❌️ Untested / Not supported by tool


  • Ensure port 8080 is open: this is used in this guide for Gateway traffic (the API traffic to be proxied).
  • EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is a free, community based repository project from Fedora which provides high quality add-on software packages for Linux distribution including RHEL, CentOS, and Scientific Linux. EPEL isn’t a part of RHEL/CentOS but it is designed for major Linux distributions. In our case we need it for Redis. Install EPEL using the instructions here.

Install Redis using EPEL

sudo yum install -y redis


You may be asked to accept the GPG key for our repos and when the package installs, click yes to continue.

  • Tyk requires Python 3.4. Install via the following command:
sudo yum install python34

Start Redis

In many cases Redis might not be running, so let’s start that:

sudo service redis start

Run Installation Scripts via our PackageCloud Repositories

From https://packagecloud.io/tyk/tyk-gateway you have the following options:

Configuring The Gateway

You can set up the core settings for the Tyk Gateway with a single setup script, however for more involved deployments you will want to provide your own configuration file.


You need to replace <hostname> for --redishost=<hostname> with your own value to run this script.

sudo /opt/tyk-gateway/install/setup.sh --listenport=8080 --redishost=<hostname> --redisport=6379 --domain=""

What you’ve done here is told the setup script that:

  • --listenport=8080: Listen on port 8080 for API traffic.
  • --redishost=<hostname>: The hostname for Redis.
  • --redisport=6379: Use port 6379 for Redis.
  • --domain="": Do not filter domains for the Gateway, see the note on domains below for more about this.

In this example, you don’t want Tyk to listen on a single domain. It is recommended to leave the Tyk Gateway domain unbounded for flexibility and ease of deployment.

Starting Tyk

The Tyk Gateway can be started now that it is configured. Use this command to start the Tyk Gateway:

sudo service tyk-gateway start

Next Steps Tutorials

Follow the Tutorials on the Community Edition tabs for the following:

  1. Add an API
  2. Create a Security Policy
  3. Create an API Key