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Howto install JetBrains TeamCity v6.5.1 on CentOS v5.x

This howto describes getting a TeamCity appliance up and running to the point that a web browser can be used to configure it. Installation of the a TeamCity Build Agent(s) is not covered by this howto.


  1. JetBrains recommends the use of a 32bit JDK. I exclusively use 64bit CentOS so using a 64bit JVM is the most straightforward option.
  2. JetBrains doesn't support OpenJDK. I have no idea why but I have had good success with TeamCity and the openjdk. I tend to use the supported JDK on Windows build agents.



  • Machine configuration
  • Disk Partition
  • MySQL
  • OpenJDK
  • Configure a reverse proxy in front of the TomCat server
  • TeamCity

Machine Configuration

Prerequisite machine configuration information

  • CentOS v5.x (machine name is olive)
  • x86_64
  • 1GB RAM, with 2GB swap
  • 4 CPU's
  • 8GB / (root) partition
  • 32GB /srv partition for TeamCity data
  • IPv4 and IPv6
  • SMTP mailer (postfix)
  • IPv4 and IPv6 firewall


TeamCity partition

The TeamCity server application comes as a binary blob. For simplicity this document describes putting it as a blob on it's own filesystem. This will grow with logs and artifacts. It should be sized based on the expected growth given the projects being managed by the server. Format the /srv partition with an ext4 filesystem:

# yum install e4fsprogs
# mkfs.ext4 -L /srv /dev/xvdc1

Add the following mount entry to '/etc/fstab' and mount:

 LABEL=/srv              /srv                    ext4    defaults        1 2


Install MySQL server

yum install mysql-server

Since the database is only required by local processes, ensure it only listens on the loopback interface in '/etc/my.cnf'. MySQL v5.1 didn't seem to want to run with an IPv6 loopback address.

bind-address = localhost

Enable and start services:

# for A in mysqld; do chkconfig $A on ; service $A start ; done

Install MySQL Java connector

This is distributed as part of the EPEL repository. Install the EPEL repository:

# rpm -Uvh

Install the connector:

# yum install mysql-connector-java


Install openjdk from the CentOS repository:

# yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk

Firewall configuration

The Teamcity server will require the following network communications:

  • incoming http to the Tomcat server on TCP port 8111
  • outgoing http to TCP port 9090 on build agents
  • outgoing XMPP to TCP port 5222
  • outgoing SMTP to TCP port 25


Add the following rules to the IPv4 firewall rules:

# Teamcity server
-A tcpIn -p tcp -m tcp --source --dport 8111 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

# TeamCity Build agent
-A tcpOut -p tcp -m tcp --dport 9090 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

# XMPP client
-A tcpOut -p tcp -m tcp --dport 5222 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

Reverse proxy

A caching reverse proxy is used in front of the TeamCity server. This provides:

  • simplified external access through the firewall
  • TLS/SSL offload
  • TLS SNI extensions
  • caching (varnish)
  • unified access for IPv4 and IPv6

Nginx configuration

Add the following Nginx configuration file '/etc/nginx/conf.d/':

#  TeamCity server
# All http traffic is redirected to https. The https traffic is proxied
# to the local varnish cache before going to the teamcity server on
# port 8111.
server {
    listen [::]:80;
    location / {
        # redirect to secure page [permanent | redirect]
        rewrite ^$request_uri? permanent;

server {
    listen               [::]:443;
    keepalive_timeout    70;

    ssl                  on;
    ssl_certificate      certs/;
    # ssl_certificate      certs/;
    ssl_certificate_key  certs/;

    access_log  /var/log/nginx/  main;

    location / {
        # proxy via the local varnish cache
        proxy_pass              http://localhost:6081/;
        proxy_set_header        Host            $host;
        proxy_set_header        X-Real-IP       $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header        X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        client_max_body_size 10M;

A public key certificate with the necessary certificate chain will need to be produced/procured. Test the configuration and then reload it:

# service nginx reload

Varnish configuration

Add a backend to the configuration:

backend TeamCity {
        .host = "2001:4428:225:14::2";
        .port = "8111";

Add a match on the URL and proxy to the backend :

        if (...) {
        else if ( ~ "^$" ) {
           set req.backend = TeamCity;

Reload the varnish configuration with this script.


Read the JetBrains TeamCity installation instructions. The following directory structure is used by the TeamCity installation:

-+ srv
    +- teamcity               Home directory for the 'teamcity' user
      +- 6.5.1                v6.5.1 installation directory (of the binary blob)
      | +- bin
      | +- logs               Server log files are written here
      | +- ...
      +- .BuildServer         This directory is created during the first start
        +- config             The server configuration
        +- lib
        +- plugins
        +- system
          +- artifacts        The artifacts from the build server [this can grow]
          +- ...

Unpack the archive

Download the tar.gz archive from JetBrains and extract it to the '/srv' directory: 

# adduser -c "TeamCity Build Server" -m -d /srv/teamcity -r teamcity
# su teamcity -c "tar -xpzf TeamCity-6.5.1.tar.gz -C /srv/teamcity"
# mv /srv/teamcity/TeamCity /srv/teamcity/6.5.1

Init script

Add the init script '/etc/init.d/teamcity' from the appendix, and configure the init script:

# chmod +x /etc/init.d/teamcity
# chkconfig --add teamcity 

Add a configuration file for the init script to point to the team city package.

# cat > /etc/sysconfig/teamcity <<EOF
TEAMCITY_SERVER_MEM_OPTS="-Xmx768m -XX:MaxPermSize=150m"

Start the teamcity server. It will start with it's internal database and create the '.BuildServer' directory with configuration files. The web interface should show the starting message.

# service teamcity start

MySQL setup

Use MySQL to store configuration information. Read the instructions for setting up an external database. Create an empty database using the root user (the mysql root user should be secured with a strong pass phrase, as well as the teamcity user):

# mysql
mysql> GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO 'teamcity'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'teamcity'; 
mysql> GRANT ALL ON teamcity.* TO 'teamcity'@'localhost'; 
mysql> flush privileges; 

Use the sample database properties file '~teamcity/.Buildserver/config/' to create the following '~/teamcity/.BuildServer/config/':

# connectionProperties.useUnicode=true
# connectionProperties.characterEncoding=UTF-8

The MySQL Connector driver must be present in the '.BuildServer/lib/jdbc/' directory. It isn't sufficient for this to be installed on the machine.

# ln -s /usr/share/java/mysql-connector-java.jar  ~teamcity/.BuildServer/lib/jdbc/

Start TeamCity

The first startup of the TeamCity server will be lost in the embedded database. For a new installation there should be no information/content to migrate. Start the server with the mysql server backend:

service teamcity start

The empty database is detected by the TeamCity server.

TeamCity v6.5.1 - Empty database.png

Get the token from the log file '/srv/teamcity/6.5.1/logs/teamcity-server.log'.

TeamCity v6.5.1 - Enter token.png

Confirm the details:

TeamCity v6.5.1 - Server maintanence.png

The server takes a few seconds to start up

TeamCity v6.5.1 - Server is starting up.png

Confirm the license agreement

TeamCity v6.5.1 - Licence Agreement.png

And create the first administrator user

TeamCity v6.5.1 - Create Administrator account.png





# teamcity      TeamCity Continuous Integration Server
# chkconfig: 345 80 30
# description: TeamCity is a continuous Integration Server
# processname: teamcity
# config: /etc/sysconfig/teamcity
# Source function library.
. /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions

# Source networking configuration.
if [ -f /etc/sysconfig/teamcity ] ; then
  . /etc/sysconfig/teamcity
  echo "No teamcity configuration"
  exit 0


start() {
        # Start daemons.
        echo -n $"Starting TeamCity "
        daemon --user teamcity "( cd $TEAMCITY_DIR && bin/ start )" && success || failure $"$prog start"
        [ $RETVAL -eq 0 ] && touch /var/lock/subsys/teamcity
        return $RETVAL

stop() {
        # Stop daemons.
        echo -n $"Shutting down TeamCity: "
        ( cd $TEAMCITY_DIR && bin/ stop ) && success || failure $"$prog start"
        [ $RETVAL -eq 0 ] && rm -f /var/lock/subsys/teamcity
        return $RETVAL

restart() {

case "$1" in
        echo $"Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart}"
        exit 1

exit $?

MySQL Server

Packages installed for mysql-server:

 Package              Arch         Version                Repository     Size
 mysql-server         x86_64       5.0.77-4.el5_6.6       updates       9.8 M
Installing for dependencies:
 mysql                x86_64       5.0.77-4.el5_6.6       updates       4.8 M
 perl-DBD-MySQL       x86_64       3.0007-2.el5           base          148 k
 perl-DBI             x86_64       1.52-2.el5             base          600 k

MySQL Java Connector

The EPEL MySQL connector has a few dependencies:

 Package                     Arch    Version                         Repository Size
 mysql-connector-java        x86_64  1:5.1.12-2.el5                  epel     2.5 M
Installing for dependencies:
 antlr                       x86_64  2.7.6-4jpp.2                    base     1.1 M
 atk                         x86_64  1.12.2-1.fc6                    base     224 k
 axis                        x86_64  1.2.1-2jpp.6                    base     3.6 M
 bcel                        x86_64  5.1-8jpp.1                      base     1.1 M
 bitstream-vera-fonts        noarch  1.10-7                          base     343 k
 cairo                       x86_64  1.2.4-5.el5                     base     386 k
 classpathx-jaf              x86_64  1.0-9jpp.1                      base     111 k
 classpathx-mail             x86_64  1.1.1-4jpp.2                    base     1.2 M
 cups-libs                   x86_64  1:1.3.7-26.el5_6.1              updates  195 k
 fontconfig                  x86_64  2.4.1-7.el5                     base     175 k
 geronimo-specs              x86_64  1.0-0.M2.2jpp.12.el5.centos     base     259 k
 geronimo-specs-compat       x86_64  1.0-0.M2.2jpp.12.el5.centos     base     5.5 k
 gjdoc                       x86_64  0.7.7-12.el5                    base     886 k
 gnutls                      x86_64  1.4.1-3.el5_4.8                 base     364 k
 gtk2                        x86_64  2.10.4-21.el5_5.6               base     6.6 M
 hicolor-icon-theme          noarch  0.9-2.1                         base      25 k
 jakarta-commons-discovery   x86_64  1:0.3-4jpp.1                    base     150 k
 jakarta-commons-httpclient  x86_64  1:3.0-7jpp.1                    base     596 k
 jakarta-commons-logging     x86_64  1.0.4-6jpp.1                    base     115 k
 java-1.4.2-gcj-compat       x86_64               base      29 k
 libICE                      x86_64  1.0.1-2.1                       base      54 k
 libSM                       x86_64  1.0.1-3.1                       base      28 k
 libXcursor                  x86_64  1.1.7-1.1                       base      32 k
 libXfixes                   x86_64  4.0.1-2.1                       base      15 k
 libXft                      x86_64  2.1.10-1.1                      base      44 k
 libXinerama                 x86_64  1.0.1-2.1                       base     9.8 k
 libXrandr                   x86_64  1.1.1-3.3                       base      15 k
 libart_lgpl                 x86_64  2.3.17-4                        base      75 k
 libgcj                      x86_64  4.1.2-50.el5                    base      18 M
 libtiff                     x86_64  3.8.2-7.el5_6.7                 updates  314 k
 log4j                       x86_64  1.2.13-3jpp.2                   base     728 k
 mx4j                        x86_64  1:3.0.1-6jpp.4                  base     2.7 M
 pango                       x86_64  1.14.9-8.el5.centos.2           updates  338 k
 regexp                      x86_64  1.4-2jpp.2                      base     102 k
 tomcat5-servlet-2.4-api     x86_64  5.5.23-0jpp.17.el5_6            updates  163 k
 wsdl4j                      x86_64  1.5.2-4jpp.1                    base     429 k
 xml-commons                 x86_64  1.3.02-0.b2.7jpp.10             base      19 k
 xml-commons-apis            x86_64  1.3.02-0.b2.7jpp.10             base     388 k
 xml-commons-resolver        x86_64  1.1-1jpp.12                     base     170 k
 zip                         x86_64  2.31-2.el5                      base     136 k


 Package                    Arch          Version                             Repository      Size
 java-1.6.0-openjdk         x86_64        1:          updates         37 M
Installing for dependencies:
 alsa-lib                   x86_64        1.0.17-1.el5                        base           414 k
 freetype                   x86_64        2.2.1-28.el5_5.1                    base           311 k
 giflib                     x86_64        4.1.3-7.3.3.el5                     updates         39 k
 jpackage-utils             noarch        1.7.3-1jpp.2.el5                    base            61 k
 libX11                     x86_64        1.0.3-11.el5                        base           798 k
 libXau                     x86_64        1.0.1-3.1                           base            18 k
 libXdmcp                   x86_64        1.0.1-2.1                           base            19 k
 libXext                    x86_64        1.0.1-2.1                           base            37 k
 libXi                      x86_64        1.0.1-4.el5_4                       base            26 k
 libXrender                 x86_64        0.9.1-3.1                           base            28 k
 libXtst                    x86_64        1.0.1-3.1                           base            16 k
 libjpeg                    x86_64        6b-37                               base           139 k
 libpng                     x86_64        2:1.2.10-7.1.el5_5.3                base           234 k
 tzdata-java                x86_64        2011g-1.el5                         updates        180 k
 xorg-x11-filesystem        noarch        7.1-2.fc6                           base           5.4 k
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