How to install privacyIDEA OTP server on Ubuntu 14.04

Please note: This howto is outdated. It refers to a rather old version of privacyIDEA. Please read the install documentation at readthedocs.

Starting with privacyIDEA 1.2 a debian package for Ubuntu 14.04 is availble.

Please note, that you will not be able to install it on 12.04, since there would be missing requirements. privacyIDEA depends on the following packages:

 python-setuptools python-pylons python-qrcode python-netaddr python-ldap python-pyrad python-yaml python-configobj python-repoze.who python-httplib2 python-crypto python-docutils python-repoze.who-plugins

There are two PPA repositories available on launchpad: privacyidea/privacyidea-dev and privacyidea/privacyidea. The -dev repository is for development releases and testing. The privacyidea/privacyidea repo should contain stable releases.

Add the repository to your system and install privacyIDEA

To add the repository to your system run the following command:

add-apt-repository ppa:privacyidea/privacyidea

Fetch information on new content:

apt-get update

Install it:

apt-get install privacyidea

The package creates an SQLite database at /var/lib/privacyidea/token.sqlite. Of course you can use any other database backend. But using sqlite gets you up and running quickly.

Moreover the package contains a start-script /etc/init.d/privacyidea, that is running privacyidea in python-paster, a simple, lightweight webserver.

To start privacyidea run:

service privacyidea start

privacyIDEA is now listening on port 5001.

Create your admin account

Finally you need to create a first admin account to log in to the management interface:

privacyidea-create-pwidresolver-user -u admin -p test -i 1000 >> /etc/privacyidea/admin-users

Instead of using the weak password test, you should make up a cooler one.

Now you can login at https://yourserver:5001/ with the username “admin@admin” and the password you created.

Some performance data



The paster is a small webserver. The SQLite is not a state-of-the-art database.

So I always would recommend running privacyIDEA with Apache. This is describe in this post.

I was wondering what this paster and sqlite could do, So I created a realm containing the local users from /etc/passwd and assigned a simple pass token to one of these users.


Now I was able to issue an authentication request by calling the API like this:



Now I used ApacheBench to call this URL:


% ab -n 1000 -c 10 -s 5\&pass=test
This is ApacheBench, Version 2.3 <$Revision: 1528965 $>
Copyright 1996 Adam Twiss, Zeus Technology Ltd,
Licensed to The Apache Software Foundation,

Benchmarking (be patient)
Completed 100 requests
Completed 200 requests
Completed 300 requests
Completed 400 requests
Completed 500 requests
Completed 600 requests
Completed 700 requests
Completed 800 requests
Completed 900 requests
Completed 1000 requests
Finished 1000 requests

Server Software:        PasteWSGIServer/0.5
Server Hostname:
Server Port:            5001
SSL/TLS Protocol:       TLSv1.2,AES256-GCM-SHA384,2048,256

Document Path:          /validate/check?user=man&pass=test
Document Length:        135 bytes

Concurrency Level:      10
Time taken for tests:   41.964 seconds
Complete requests:      1000
Failed requests:        0
Total transferred:      373000 bytes
HTML transferred:       135000 bytes
Requests per second:    23.83 [#/sec] (mean)
Time per request:       419.643 [ms] (mean)
Time per request:       41.964 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate:          8.68 [Kbytes/sec] received

Connection Times (ms)
              min  mean[+/-sd] median   max
Connect:        2   11  14.4      9     218
Processing:   121  407 270.7    332    3340
Waiting:      120  406 270.8    332    3340
Total:        126  418 272.0    342    3350

Percentage of the requests served within a certain time (ms)
  50%    342
  66%    401
  75%    456
  80%    499
  90%    678
  95%    948
  98%   1318
  99%   1632
 100%   3350 (longest request)

This was done on a Virtual Machine running in VirtualBox with 2 processors and 2GB of RAM. The host machine is an Intel i7-4702MQ CPU @ 2.20GHz.

24 Authentications per seconds, no failed requests look rather good to me.

So why not give it a try?







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