9.1.5 OnPremise Single Server Install Guide for Linux Summer 2018


In this article, we provide instructions to install qTest components for 9.1.5 On Premise to a single CentOS/Ubuntu machine. Please read the instructions thoroughly before starting your installations.

To request assistance with installation or obtain the self-install links, complete the OnPremise New Install Form.

Note: If you are not performing a fresh install and are upgrading, use the Upgrade Request Form and reference the OnPremise Upgrades Guide.

About the Command Line Wizard

The qTest 9.1.5 Command Line Wizard is a command line interface application that allows you to configure basic settings for qTest applications in your purchase package. 

You should understand these Command Line Wizard characteristics before you begin:

  • For each step, the installer will prompt you for a specific input value. After you provide a value, the installer will validate the input. If the value is incorrect, or additional permissions are required, an explicit error message displays so it’s easy to know how the input value should be corrected.
    • Default values display in square brackets [ ]. To use the default value, simply hit the Enter key.
    • Input values for yes/no questions, should be 'y', 'yes','n', 'no' (ignore case sensitive.) Any value other than those listed will be treated as a 'no.'
  • To terminate the configuration at any time without completing it, press Ctrl+C.
    Hint: In the event you cannot start the Command Line Wizard again after terminating the configuration, backup then remove the qtest.config file. Try to start the Command Line Wizard again.

Known Limitation

  • The Command Line Wizard and qtestctl do not support the character "$". Therefore, a password, username, or any other value that you would enter in a prompt should not contain "$." 

Before You Begin

Read the following:

Please note that the Command Line Wizard will prompt you for each installation instruction. You will need to perform action items and gather specific connection information before you begin the installation process. Use the application checklist below to ensure you have all the required values readily available.


Open the Ports for the prerequisite applications and qTest applications you will be installing prior to any self/assisted installation or upgrade. You should only open the HTTPS ports if you plan to serve SSL from the application.

Prerequisite Applications

Product  Port
PostgreSQL 5432
Network Drive 2049
MongoDB 27017

Linux non-Docker and Windows

Product HTTP Port HTTPS Port
Manager 8080 8443 
Sessions 9080 9443
Scenario 6080 4443
Insights 10080 10443
Parameters 5080 5080
Pulse 4080 4080
Launch 3080 3080

IMPORTANT: Suggested application ports are listed above, however you are allowed to use a port of your choosing for the qTest applications you install.

Application Checklist

You will need to gather the following information for each application prior to beginning the installation and configuration.

PostgreSQL-must be installed prior to qTest application installation

  • Hostname or IP address
    Note: Do not include the port or protocol in the hostname or IP address, as they will be entered separately in the installer wizard.
  • Port
  • PostgreSQL's User Name
  • PostgreSQL's Password
    Ensure that the Postgres user is a 'Superuser' who has the following permissions: read, write, create/delete/modify database/tables/schema/functions/sequences/triggers/views


MongoDB-must be installed prior to qTest application installation

  • Hostname or IP address with Port
  • If your MongoDB is running with replication, you will need the replica set
  • MongoDB's User Name
  • MongoDB's password
  • MongoDB's Authentication Database
  • MongoDB for Pulse


SSL Configuration (if applicable)
This information is only needed if you will be deploying with an SSL secured connection.

  • Certificate File-absolute path to the certificate file on this server. 
    • Please use / in the path. Recommend copying the path from system file browser. Login user in the terminal also needs to have at least READ permission on the file.
  • Private Key-absolute path to the private key file on this server. 
    • Please use / in the path. Recommend copying the path from system file browser. Login user in the terminal also needs to have at least READ permission on the file.
  • Private Key passphrase 


qTest Manager

  • Directory where attachments will be stored. This directory should not be under the extracted directory of qtestctl. Login user in the terminal also needs to have at least WRITE permission on the directory.
  • Directory where logs will be stored. This directory should not be under the extracted directory of qtestctl. Login user in the terminal also needs to have at least WRITE permission on the directory.
  • qTest Managers HTTP or HTTPS Port
  • URL to access qTest Manager outside of this machine


qTest Sessions

  • Storage Type where you will store qTest Sessions' resource files
    Example: disk storage or amazon_s3
  • If using amazon_s3 storage you will need the following:
    • Amazon S3's access key
    • Amazon S3's secret key
    • Amazon S3's bucket name
  • Location where you will store resource files
  • qTest Sessions HTTPS Port


qTest Insights

  • qTest Insights HTTP or HTTPS Port


qTest Parameters

  • qTest Parameters HTTPS Port


qTest Launch

  • qTest Launch's HTTPS Port
  • qTest Launch's public URL


qTest Pulse

  • qTest Pulse's HTTP or HTTPS Port
  • qTest Pulse's public URL
  • qTest Pulse log location
    This directory should not be under the extracted directory of qtestctl


qTest Scenario

  • qTest Scenario's HTTPS Port
  • qTest Scenario's public URL
    The base URL/domain name of the server that Scenario Server is installed and running. This can be a cloud or local instance and should point to either the reverse proxy that Scenario Server is running behind or directly to the web address of the web server that Scenario Server is installed on (a computer bound to port 80/443 depending on if your traffic is HTTP or HTTPS based). 

System Prep

Most of the installation steps are performed on Terminal. It is highly recommended that you copy and paste the command/scripts to your Terminal and execute.

  1. Open the Terminal.
  2. Ensure you perform all of the installation steps as a Root User by executing the following command:
    # sudo su
  3. Execute the following command to update and upgrade system packages:
    # apt-get update -y && apt-get upgrade -y
    # apt-get install libfontconfig
    # yum check-update && yum update 

Download and Start the Installation Package

  1. Request the installation files through the OnPremise New Install Form which is also available at the top of this article.
  2. Once the OnPremise New Install Form is completed and submitted, the download link will be emailed to you from our Implementation Team.
  3. Download qTest applications.
  4. Extract qtestctl package and navigate to the extracted folder.
    # cd qtestctl
  5. Navigate to the extracted folder at example: /usr/local/qtestctl
  6. Run the following command to start the installation:
    path/to/qtestctl>./qtestctl --offline

Note: The installation package may take a few minutes to unzip.

Choose the Applications to Install

Note: A default value is provided for each prompt in the square brackets. You can press Enter to use our default values, or input your own values and then press Enter.

Provide a Yes (y) or No (n) response to the following question. Your response provided here will determine which components are installed on this Linux machine.

  • qTest Manager [Y] or [N]
  • qTest Sessions  [Y] or [N]
  • qTest Parameters  [Y] or [N]
  • qTest Insights  [Y] or [N]
  • qTest Launch  [Y] or [N]
  • qTest Pulse  [Y] or [N]
  • qTest Scenario  [Y] or [N] 

Configure Prerequisite Applications

Configure PostgreSQL Database

You will enter the PostgreSQL Database information you gathered above. You will only need to configure PostgreSQL if you have selected at least one of the following applications:

  • Manager
  • Sessions
  • Insights
  • Launch


Configure MongoDB Database

You will enter the MongoDB Database information you gathered above for each question. You will only need to configure PostgreSQL if you have selected at least one of the following applications:

  • Parameters
  • Pulse
  • Scenario


Configure SSL

To deploy with SSL, type "y" for Enable secured connection (Y/N) [N]: and input the path to the cert and key files :

  • certificate file: absolute path to the certificate file on this server. Please use / in the path.
  • private key: absolute path to the private key file on this server. Please use / in the path.
  • passphrase: input if your private key has a passphrase


If you do not want to deploy with SSL, type "n" for Enable secured connection (Y/N) [N]: and move to configuring the qTest applications.


Configure qTest Applications

The following applications will be configured using the information you gathered above. The prompt will ask you for configuration details based on the applications you chose to install in Step 1.
Note: If you only chose one application in Step 1, then that one application will ask for configurations during the install process. 

qTest Manager


qTest Sessions

If you want to stores resource files on a local disk enter "1" or "disk_storage" and input the storage location. The location should be an absolute path to the folder. Please use / in the path.


If you want to store resource files on Amazon s3 enter "2" or "amazon_s3" and input s3 access key, s3 secret key and bucket name:


Note: if you choose to use Amazon S3 as qTest Sessions storage by selecting amazon_s3 for storage type. Refer to this article to learn how to setup Amazon S3 bucket as well to manage access permission.

qTest Insights


qTest Parameters


qTest Launch


qTest Pulse


qTest Scenario


Review the Configuration

After all of the configurations are entered, they are stored in qtest.config file. You can open the file to review the configuration details.

If you need to modify a value, you can re-run the wizard (recommended) or modify the qtest.config file.

To restore the default configurations, delete qtest.config and re-run the wizard.


Start the Deployment

  1. To start the deployment, execute this command:
    # ./qtestctl --offline start
  2. The command will take control of the Command Prompt. Keep it running.

Build Successful

You will receive a Build Successful message once the installation is complete. 

Configure qTest Manager to Connect to qTest Applications

Follow this article to configure qTest Manager to connect with the other qTest applications you installed. You should also verify that the applications can be accessed and working properly before performing the next step.

Stop the Running Process

Navigate back to the Command Prompt and stop the running process (Ctrl + C).

Install qTest Applications as a Service

We highly recommend you enable qTest applications to automatically start on system startup. Therefore, you need to install qTest as a service. For more information on installing qtest service, read the qtestctl as a Service article.

  1. In the Terminal, press 'Ctrl + C' if qtestctl is running.
  2. Execute the following command to install qTest applications as a service:
    /usr/local/qtestctl# ./install
  3. Verify that the service has been successfully installed using the following command:
    # systemctl status qtest
  4. If the installation was successful, you will see output that includes the text as seen below:
    qTest has successfully started!
    • However, if you see:
      Active: inactive (dead)
      then enter the following command to start the service:
      # systemctl start qtest
  5. You have finished installing qTest applications on a Linux environment. 

Migrate Data from Insights to Insights 1.17

Stop Insights before performing your data migration.

Migrate Scheduler Data

  1. Copy data from Insights directory: \qtestctl\insights\build\insightsscheduler\Schedules
  2. Paste data to the new location of Insights 1.17 directory: \qtestctl\insights\build\insightsscheduler\Schedules

Migrate Web Data

  1. Navigate to the Root folder of Insights \qtestctl\insights\build\tomcat\webapps\ROOT
  2. Copy the following folders listed below to the new location of Insights 1.17 at \qtestctl\insights\build\tomcat\webapps\ROOT
    • CustomReports
    • ExecutedReports
    • rdDataCache
    • rdDownload
    • SavedBookmarks
    • SavedDashboards


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