NetBox requires a PostgreSQL database to store data. This can be hosted locally or on a remote server. (Please note that MySQL is not supported, as NetBox leverages PostgreSQL's built-in network address types.)
The installation instructions provided here have been tested to work on Ubuntu 16.04 and CentOS 7.4. The particular commands needed to install dependencies on other distributions may vary significantly. Unfortunately, this is outside the control of the NetBox maintainers. Please consult your distribution's documentation for assistance with any errors.
NetBox v2.2 and later requires PostgreSQL 9.4 or higher.
If a recent enough version of PostgreSQL is not available through your distribution's package manager, you'll need to install it from an official PostgreSQL repository.
# apt-get update # apt-get install -y postgresql libpq-dev
CentOS 7.4 does not ship with a recent enough version of PostgreSQL, so it will need to be installed from an external repository. The instructions below show the installation of PostgreSQL 9.6.
# yum install https://download.postgresql.org/pub/repos/yum/9.6/redhat/rhel-7-x86_64/pgdg-centos96-9.6-3.noarch.rpm # yum install postgresql96 postgresql96-server postgresql96-devel # /usr/pgsql-9.6/bin/postgresql96-setup initdb
CentOS users should modify the PostgreSQL configuration to accept password-based authentication by replacing
md5 for all host entries within
/var/lib/pgsql/9.6/data/pg_hba.conf. For example:
host all all 127.0.0.1/32 md5 host all all ::1/128 md5
Then, start the service and enable it to run at boot:
# systemctl start postgresql-9.6 # systemctl enable postgresql-9.6
At a minimum, we need to create a database for NetBox and assign it a username and password for authentication. This is done with the following commands.
DO NOT USE THE PASSWORD FROM THE EXAMPLE.
# sudo -u postgres psql psql (9.4.5) Type "help" for help. postgres=# CREATE DATABASE netbox; CREATE DATABASE postgres=# CREATE USER netbox WITH PASSWORD 'J5brHrAXFLQSif0K'; CREATE ROLE postgres=# GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DATABASE netbox TO netbox; GRANT postgres=# \q
You can verify that authentication works issuing the following command and providing the configured password. (Replace
localhost with your database server if using a remote database.)
# psql -U netbox -W -h localhost netbox
If successful, you will enter a
netbox prompt. Type
\q to exit.