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Install Tyk Community Edition on Red Hat

Tyk has it’s own signed RPMs in a Yum repository 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 will run on an Amazon AWS Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 instance. We will install both the Tyk Gateway and the Tyk Dashboard with all dependencies stored locally.

We’re installing on a t2.micro because this is a demo, you’ll need more RAM and more cores for better performance.

This configuration should also work (with some tweaks) for CentOS.


  • Ensure port 8080 is open: this is used in this guide for Gateway traffic (API traffic to be proxied)

Installation steps:

1. Set up our YUM repositories:

First, we need to install some software hat allows us to use signed packages:

sudo yum install pygpgme yum-utils wget

Next, we need to set up the various repository configurations for Tyk and MongoDB:

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Create a file named /etc/yum.repos.d/tyk_tyk-gateway.repo that contains the repository configuration below:




What’s this? 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 not a part of RHEL/CentOS but it is designed for major Linux distributions. In our case we need it for Redis

wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-7.noarch.rpm

sudo rpm -ivh epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm

Finally we’ll need to update our local cache, so run:

sudo yum -q makecache -y --disablerepo='*' --enablerepo='tyk_tyk-gateway' --enablerepo=epel info zabbix

2. Install our packages:

We’re ready to go, you can now install the relevant packages using yum:

sudo yum install -y redis tyk-gateway

(you may be asked to accept the GPG key for our two repos and when the package installs, hit yes to continue)

3. Start Redis

In many cases Mongo and Redis will not be running, so lets start those:

sudo service redis start

3. Configure Tyk Gateway

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

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

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

  • --listenport=8080 Tyk should listen on port 8080 for API traffic
  • --redishost=localhost Use redis on the hostname: localhost
  • --redisport=6379 Use the default redis port
  • --domain="" Do not set a domain for the gateway, see the note on domains below for more about this

Pro Tip: Domains with Tyk Gateway

Tyk Gateway has full built in domain support, you can:

  • Set Tyk to listen only on a specific domain for all API traffic
  • Set an API to listen on a specific domain (e.g. api1.com, api2.com)
  • Split APIs over a domain using a path (e.g. api.com/api1, api.com/api2, moreapis.com/api1, moreapis.com/api2 etc.)
  • If you have set a hostname for the gateway, then all non-domain-bound APIs will be on this hostname + the listen_path

In this example, we don’t want Tyk to listen on a single domain, and we can always set up custom domains at the API level in the dashboard. It is recommended to leave the Tyk gateway domain unbounded for flexibility and ease of deployment.

5. Start Tyk:

    sudo service tyk-gateway start

That’s it, you’re done 🙂

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