Configuration for development and test environments (GNU/Linux)


Git is officially maintained in Debian/Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install git


Ruby versions packaged in official repositories are not suitable to work with consul (at least Debian 7 and 8), so we'll have to install it manually.

The preferred method is via rvm:

(only the multi user option installs all dependencies automatically, as we use 'sudo'.)

As local user

curl -L | bash -s stable

For all system users

curl -L | sudo bash -s stable

and then add your user to rvm group

sudo usermod -a -G rvm <user>

and finally, add rvm script source to user's bash (~/.bashrc) (this step it's only necessary if you still can't execute rvm command)

[[ -s /usr/local/rvm/scripts/rvm ]] && source /usr/local/rvm/scripts/rvm

with all this, you are suppose to be able to install a ruby version from rvm, as for example version 2.3.0:

sudo rvm install 2.3.0



gem install bundler

or there is more methods here that should be better as:

gem install rubygems-bundler


To compile the assets, you'll need a JavaScript runtime. Node.js is the preferred option. As with Ruby, we don't recommend installing Node from your distro's repositories.

To install it, you can use n

Run the following command on your terminal:

curl -L | bash -s -- -y lts

And it will install the latest LTS (Long Term Support) Node version on your $HOME folder automatically (This makes use of n-install)

PostgreSQL (>=9.4)

PostgreSQL version 9.4 is not official in debian 7 (wheezy), in 8 it seems to be officially maintained.

So you have to add a repository, the official postgresql works fine.

Add the repository to apt, for example creating file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list with:

deb wheezy-pgdg main

afterwards you'll have to download the key, and install it, by:

apt-key add ACCC4CF8.asc

and install postgresql

apt-get update
apt-get install postgresql-9.4


To run E2E integration tests, we use Selenium along with Headless Chrome.

On Debian-based distros, the process to get ChromeDriver up and running is not as straightforward as on Mac OS.

To get it working, first install the following packages:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libxss1 libappindicator1 libindicator7 unzip

Then you need either Google Chrome or Chromium installed, both are valid.

You can download the former from here, while the latter can be installed with the following command:

sudo apt-get install chromium

You can now proceed to install ChromeDriver. First, check out its latest version here

Download it the following way:

wget -N

Unzip it and make it executable like this:

chmod +x chromedriver

Finally, add the binary to your $PATH:

sudo mv -f chromedriver /usr/local/share/chromedriver
sudo ln -s /usr/local/share/chromedriver /usr/local/bin/chromedriver
sudo ln -s /usr/local/share/chromedriver /usr/bin/chromedriver

Make sure everything's working as expected by running the following command:

chromedriver --version

You should receive an output with the latest version of ChromeDriver. If that's the case, you're good to go!

If you happen to be on an Arch-based distro, installing chromium from the extra repo will do.

There's also the option to only install ChromeDriver from AUR. If you're using pacaur, this will do:

pacaur -S chromedriver

Now you're ready to go get Consul installed!!

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