Agent Installation



The only prerequisite to use Blindata is to have Java installed on your machine (Oracle JRE 11 or OpenJDK 11).


Blindata supports PostgreSQL from version 9.6. By default Blindata agent can use an internal db on file.

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Hardware Requirements

Below are some possible scenarios for Blindata installation. Minimum requirements are provided for each scenario (enough for a small user group).

For the installation of only the Blindata Agent, the following minimum hardware requirements are suggested for the machine:

1 vCPU 4 GB at least 100GB (The amount of disk space will depend on the amount of data to be managed) Debian 11 + Java 11

Installation Procedure


The following installation procedure refers to a setup on OS Debian 11. The database setup is the default file-based one.

Step 1: Folder Structure

A description of the files contained in the installation zip follows.

Folder Structure The content must be placed in the /var/blindata_agent folder:

database: folder with agent’s data.

drivers: folder with possible additional jdbc driver.

ssl: ssl certificates folder (optional if there’s a reverse proxy in https)

  ➤  blindata.p12: ssl certificate.

application-prod.yml: Blindata Agent’s configuration file.

blindata-agent.jar: Blindata Agent’s bytecode java file.

blindata-agent.service: systemd definition for starting the process as a service. start script of the service.

The following commands are intended to be executed as root user.

Step 2: Prerequisite installation

Application system user creation

useradd -m "blindata"

Java 11 Installation

apt-get -y install openjdk-11-jdk

Step 3: Copy of Folders

Create /var/blindata-agent and copy

cp -r blindata-agent/ /var/blindata-agent
chown -R blindata:blindata /var/blindata-agent

Step 4: Application Properties Configuration

Generate self signed certificate for the exposure of the APIs in https.

Generation of a keystore in PKCS12

cd /var/blindata-agent/ssl
keytool -genkeypair -alias blindata -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -storetype PKCS12 -keystore blindata.p12 -validity 3650

Move blindata.p12 file to the /var/ blindata-agent/ssl folder

File content /var/blindata-agent/application-prod.yml

  port: 8443
    enabled: true
    key-store-type: PKCS12
    key-store: file:ssl/blindata.p12
    key-store-password: "<?VeH=tF2f;.P$Xs"
    key-alias: blindata
  profile: prod
    url: jdbc:h2:file:./database/blindata_agent;DB_CLOSE_ON_EXIT=FALSE;MODE=PostgreSQL;AUTO_SERVER=TRUE;database_to_upper=false;
    username: h2
    password: h2

      secret: c3Za63czaba1Ga7ja7U763jzqc61G86j

The properties to configure are:

  • server.port: API exposure port for agent configuration
  • ssl: remove the block if you want to expose in http behind a reverse proxy
  • ssl.key-store-password: enter the password used when creating the certificate
  • blindata.agent.remote.base-url: enter the url of the Blindata instance to be connected to the agent, in the case of SaaS leave the default
  • blindata.agent.remote.allowed-origin: enter the url of the Blindata instance to be connected to the agent, in the case of SaaS leave the default
  • blindata.agent.encryption.secret: application’s encryption key for connection credentials

In this configuration the internal file-based database engine is used.

Step 5: Systemd Configuration

File blindata-agent.service


ExecStart=/bin/bash /var/blindata-agent/


Systemd configuration

cp /var/blindata-agent/blindata-agent.service /etc/systemd/system
systemctl enable blindata-agent
systemctl start blindata-agent

Step 6: Procedure Checks

The following commands are used to check that the installation was successful:

Check systemd service

systemctl status blindata-agent

Check application status

curl https://localhost:8443/management/health

Log visualization

journalctl -u blindata-agent -f

Check reachability from browser


If the installation has been successfully completed, you can check the status of the agent using the command shown above, as depicted in the figure. Agent Check Browser

Step 7: Connection to external database

To connect to an external Postgres db you can edit the following application properties in the file /var/blindata-agent/application-prod.yml

  • spring.datasource.url: enter the jdbc url of the database on which you want to operate.
  • spring.datasource.username: username to access the database.
  • spring.datasource.password: password to access the database.

How to Locally Start Blindata Agent

Start the agent with the following command ,where the configuration properties must be properly compiled as described in the Installation Configurations section:

-jar blindata-agent-<VERSION>.jar

The option -Dloader.path must be specified only if the agent has to use custom drivers to connect itself to external systems. If there is no need to use custom drivers , the option can be omitted.

The properties set in the launch command can be alternatively configured in a file placed in the same folder as the jar file.

How to Pair Blindata Agent

Once installed Blindata Agent Blindata it is necessary to associate it to the tenant of Blindata with which you want to use it. This procedure is called pairing and it is used for:

  • allow the agent to provision the report server database which will contain tenant data with which you are pairing
  • allow the exchange of identifiers for the identification of the tenant
  • test the reachability at network level; the agent must be able to invoke Blindata API in order to complete the tasks.

Within the section Settings > Agent you find the master of all the agents installed for a specific tenant. The first step of the procedure is that of the creation of an agent specifying:

  • Agent’s name: this name will be used for agent recognition inside the platform
  • Agent’s URL: URL through which the browser can interact with the agent

Agent Modal

The pairing operation can be recalled in a subsequent step by pressing the button “PAIR”. At the end of operation the agent’s status will go from “NOT_PAIRED” to “PAIRED”.

Agent Not Paired

If errors occur during the procedure you have to verify:

  • That agent URL is correct
  • That database credentials have permits to create schemas and tables
  • That Blindata API are reachable from the setting on which agent is installed

Check the logs of both applications for more details.