Apiary System Requirements and Installation

The Apiary is delivered as an executable web application in .RUN format.

Connection to web application is carried out via any latest browser.

Apiary hardware requirements

The following are the estimated system requirements:

Description Minimal Requirements Recommended Requirements
RAM 8 GB 13 GB
CPU 2 cores 3 cores
Disk speed 50 IOPS 100 IOPS
Disk size 65 GB 90 GB

Preparing for installation

Before installation, prepare a virtual machine or server with one of the supported operating systems:

  • CentOS 8
  • RHEL 8
  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Ubuntu 20.04

Some Linux distributions in minimal installation may not include the following utilities: curl, find, groupadd, tar, gzip, useradd, xargs. However, these utilities are used in the Platform, and we recommend you to install them.

Install Docker engine and Docker-compose standalone on the server or virtual machine.

Note: the following utilities currently are not supported: Docker compose, Docker rootless, and Docker from snap.

Extracting installation files from an image

To extract installation files from the supplied image for verification, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the console of the virtual machine;
  2. Run the command (root privileges required):

    bash ./install_hw_fh_en-US_<version>.run --noexec --target </your/new/directory>

    where, </your/new/directory> – the directory where the installation files will be extracted;

    • *.tar files – container images;
    • ascii-logo.txt – logo that is displayed in the console during installation;
    • bin.tgz – bash scripts for extracting to /opt/hw-fh/bin;
    • installer, installer.sh, common-functions.sh, load-images.sh – installer (bash script);
    • defaults.ini – global settings of the platform (is copied to /opt/hw-fh/config);
    • user-template.ini – list of all settings supported by current version (is copied to /opt/hw-fh/config);
    • systemd.tgz – service systemd (is copied to /opt/hw-fh/systemd);
    • ssl.tgz – self-signed SSL-certificates (are copied to /opt/hw-fh/qssl, /opt/hw-fh/fssl, /opt/hw-fh/dpssl, but only during first installation);
    • kb.tgz - pre-installed report templates and vulnerability descriptions.

Apiary installation

  1. Download the installation files from hexway.io;
  2. Copy the installation file install_hw_fh_en-US_<version>.run to the server using any SSH file transfer client;

    scp install_hw_fh_en-US_<version>.run </server/path>
  3. Execute the following command to grant all the necessary permissions to the installation file (optional):

    chmod +x ./install_hw_fh_en-US_<version>.run
  4. To start installation, run the command:

    bash ./install_hw_fh_en-US_<version>.run
  5. After installation, you will get the following message:

    hexway Apiary ready to use.
    UI accessible on http://<ip-server> or https://<ip-server>
    Login as '<username>' password: '<password>'
  6. Open the Platform in the browser by the address specified in the message: https://<ip-server>/.

Connection settings

Note: the following settings are required if you want to create connection between Hive and Apiary projects.

  1. Open the file /opt/hw-fh/config/user.ini (root privileges required);
  2. Add the following lines to the [main] section:

    ; rabbitmq port:
    rmq.client.port = 5672
    ; DNS name or IP address of the machine you install Apiary to:
    rmq.client.host = <my-apiary.example.com>

Note: you can also configure secure connection for RabbitMQ. See section SSL certificates in Apiary

  1. To apply settings, run the following command (root privileges required):

  2. Open the Platform in the browser by the address: https://<ip-server>/.

Installation of updates

To update Platform:

  1. Download the installation file from hexway.io;
  2. Copy the installation file install_hw_fh_en-US_<version>.run to the server using any SSH file transfer client;

    scp install_hw_fh_en-US_<version>.run </server/path>
  3. Run the command:

    bash ./install_hw_fh_en-US_<version>.run

During the update process, Platform will be saved to a backup and then the latest updates will be installed.


  1. Platform backups are saved to the /opt/hw-fh_backup folder;
  2. The Platform stores only the three latest backups.

When installation completes, Platform will start automatically.

Note: after installation of updates, connection between Hive and Apiary projects should restore automatically, however it may take some time. If connection did not restore, see section Apiary troubleshooting.

Default passwords

The default passwords of the root user is generated automatically during the installation and saved to the file /opt/hw-fh/config/local.ini. You can view the default password of the administrator using the command:


Change display language

You can change the display language for Apiary using the localization files provided. To achieve that you need to do the following:

  1. Open the console of the virtual machine
  2. Create a new directory on the server where the localization files will be stored, e.g.

    mkdir /opt/language
  3. Upload localization files to the newly created directory;
  4. Open the /opt/hw-fh/config/user.ini file using the command (root privileges required), e.g.

    nano /opt/hw-fh/config/user.ini
  5. Add the following parameter to the file and specify the path to the folder:

    f.deck.languages.dir = /opt/language
  6. Save the /opt/hw-fh/config/user.ini file;
  7. To apply changes, run the command:


After that you will be able to change the display language for Apiary:

  1. On the main login page:

  2. When you go to User > Profile:

See also