Installing the server on Linux in interactive mode

To install the BigFix Inventory server on Linux, download the application installer to a selected computer and run the script. Then, follow instructions in the installation wizard.

Before you begin

  • Ensure that the BigFix client is installed on the computer on which you want to install the BigFix Inventory server.
  • Ensure that the computer meets the following requirements:
    • A graphical user interface is available
    • X server is configured
    • DISPLAY variable is set properly
  • Start the installation as root. Otherwise, the server is not registered as a system service.
  • The use of sudo is not supported.


  1. Download the BigFix Inventory installer.
    1. Log in to the BigFix console.
    2. In the navigation bar, click Sites > External Sites > BigFix Inventory v10 > Fixlets and Tasks.
    3. In the upper right pane, select Download BigFix Inventory, and click Take Action.
    4. Select a computer to which you want to download the installer, and click OK.
      The installer is downloaded to the /user/BFI_installer directory on the selected computer. By default: /root/BFI_installer.
  2. Log in as root to the computer where you downloaded the installer.
  3. Go to the directory where the installer was downloaded, and extract the installation files.
    tar xvf BFI-server-version-timestamp-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
  4. To start the installation, run the script.
    Tip: If the installation is slow, check the following items:
    • Check the performance and speed of the hard disk.
    • Check whether the antivirus is scanning each file separately as it might slow down packaging. If this is the case, turn off the antivirus. If the antivirus cannot be turned off, expect the installation to be slower.
  5. Select the language of the installation, and click OK. The installation wizard starts, and the welcome panel opens. Click Next.
    If you cannot choose your language in the installation wizard, set the system locale to a chosen language. For more information, see: Troubleshooting.
  6. Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next.
  7. Follow instructions in the wizard and provide the required installation parameters.
  8. When the installation is complete, click Done to exit the wizard.
    Tip: If you encounter problems during the installation, analyze the log file that is in the $HOME\BFI9.2.16 directory.


The BigFix Inventory server is installed and the initial configuration opens in the browser. If you do not have a browser installed or want to complete the configuration from a different computer, go to: https://host_name:port, where host_name and port are the values that you specified during the installation.

What to do next

Complete the initial configuration.