How to Install JFrog Artifactory on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install JFrog Artifactory on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04.

JFrog Artifactory is cross-platform software that allows DevOps to manage multiple package repositories, hosted locally or in the cloud from a single platform.

JFrog Artifactory can integrates with your current environment, providing high availability with active/active clustering and multi-site replication to automate your pipeline and enable faster releases.

For more about JFrog Artifactory, please visit its homepage.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a Linux system to learn on, the easiest place to start is Ubuntu Linux OS. It’s a great Linux operating system for beginners.

Ubuntu is an open source Linux operating systems that runs on desktops, laptops, server and other device.

While learning Ubuntu, you will find that Linux isn’t so different than Windows and other operating systems in so many ways, especially when it comes to using the system to get work done.

To get started with installing JFrog Artifactory, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Prepare Ubuntu

Before installing packages on Ubuntu, you must first update the server. To do that, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade
sudo apt autoremove

Running the commands above will update the remove obsolete packages from your system. It’s also a good to reboot the server after running the above commands.

Step 2: Install OpenJDK 8

To properly use JFrog Artifactory, you will need Java installed. First, download the Java 8 Development Kit: either the official Oracle JDK or Open JDK

For this tutorial, we’re going to be install OpenJDK.

To do that, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk openjdk-8-doc

After installing Java, you can verify it by running the commands below:

java -version

It should output something similar as shown below:

openjdk version "1.8.0_242"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_242-8u242-b08-0ubuntu3~18.04-b08)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.242-b08, mixed mode)

Now that you have updated and installed Java, continue below to installing JFrog.

Step 3: Download and Install JFrog Artifactory

The quickest and easiest way to get JFrog installed is via a APT repository. Installing JFrog from the repository will allow you to always get the latest updates as they’re released.

To install, follow the steps below:

First, install wget and other packages if you don’t already have them installed.

sudo apt install wget software-properties-common

Then run the commands below to add the repository key and file to Ubuntu.

wget -qO - | apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] $(lsb_release -cs) main"

When you’re done, run the commands below to update Ubuntu and install JFrog Artifactory.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install jfrog-artifactory-oss

After installing, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable JFrog’s services.

systemctl stop artifactory.service
systemctl start artifactory.service
systemctl enable artifactory.service

To check the service status, run the commands below:

systemctl status artifactory.service

It should output similar lines as shown below:

artifactory.service - Artifactory service
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/artifactory.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2020-03-26 20:34:28 CDT; 3s ago
  Process: 6249 ExecStart=/opt/jfrog/artifactory/app/bin/ start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 8345 (java)
    Tasks: 0 (limit: 4666)
   CGroup: /system.slice/artifactory.service
           ‣ 8345 /opt/jfrog/artifactory/app/third-party/java/bin/java -Djava.util.logging.config.file=/opt/jfrog/artifacto

Mar 26 20:34:28 ubuntu1804[6249]: metadata started. PID: 8924
Mar 26 20:34:28 ubuntu1804 su[8792]: pam_unix(su:session): session closed for user artifactory
Mar 26 20:34:28 ubuntu1804 su[8931]: Successful su for artifactory by root

That should do it!

Step 4: Access Artifactory Portal

When you’re done installing, open your web browser and browser to the server’s hostname or IP address as shown below:


You should see the login portal similar to the one below:

Jfrog Artifatory Ubuntu

Login with Username:  admin and Password: password

You’ll be prompted to change the temporary password above. When you do, you’ll able to start setting up your environment.

JFrog Artifactory



This post showed you how to install JFrog Artifactory on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04. If you find any error above, please use the form below to report it.


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  1. hi,
    I am getting below error on page when entering URL : http://localhost:8081/
    the error is :
    “errors” : [ {
    “status” : 500,
    “message” : “Artifactory failed to initialize: check Artifactory logs for errors.”
    } ]

    please provide the solution for it so that jfrog can be installed properly.

    1. I am having the same issue i cant seem to find a solution it seems to be related to the access server of jfrog but im not sure how i can get it to work properly

      1. Same here. Something on Port 8046 is not reachable according to the logs… Everything you find is a quick and easy installation but it just doesnt work out of the box for me (debian 9 in my case..)

        Plus, when trying to change ports (for example changing
        internalPort: 8046
        to something else like 9946) it will still try to access 8046. So configuration in system.yaml seems to be ignored.

        What is Server minimum configuration supposed to mean? Mariadb versions etc? All fits (yes you can have mariadb > 10.1 on Stretch 😉 ). Even though theres not database config attached here I got that running. It will still fail on connecting to port 8046/access after db configuration…

  2. Hi,
    Installation of Artifactory is getting completed with warnings as
    “chown: invalid user: ‘artifactory:artifactory’
    [WARN] Could not set owner of [/opt/jfrog/artifactory/var/etc] to [artifactory:artifactory]
    Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-21) …
    Processing triggers for systemd (237-3ubuntu10.41) …”

    And the service is not coming up while using systemctl start artifactory.service

  3. Hi All,
    I am getting below mentioned error :

    /var/opt/jfrog/artifactory/etc# systemctl status artifactory.service
    ? artifactory.service – Artifactory service
    Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/artifactory.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
    Active: activating (auto-restart) (Result: resources) since Mon 2020-11-02 17:55:01 IST; 55s ago
    Process: 19322 ExecStart=/opt/jfrog/artifactory/app/bin/ start (code=exited, status=0/SUC

    : Failed to start Artifactory service.
    : artifactory.service: Unit entered failed state.
    : artifactory.service: Failed with result ‘resources’.
    while Browsing the url , getting mentioned error:

    “errors” : [ {
    “status” : 500,
    “message” : “Artifactory failed to initialize: check Artifactory logs for errors.”
    } ]

  4. Hi, getting below message while trying to start the artifactory.

    “Job for artifactory.service failed because the control process exited with error code.”

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