Install from Repository (RedHat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Scientific Linux)

There is an RPM software repository available for Red Hat-based Linux distributions provided by the University of Osnabrück. This repository provides preconfigured Opencast installations, including all 3rd-Party-Tools. Using this method, you do not have to compile the software by yourself.

It may also be interesting for developers as all dependencies for Opencast usage, testing and development are provided by the RPM repository.


Note that it may take some time (usually about two weeks after a new release is out) before the RPMs are available. Watch for announcements on list or just check which versions are available in the repository.

Currently Supported

  • CentOS 7.x (x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x (x86_64)
  • Scientific Linux 7.x (x86_64)

Other architectures like i386, i686, arm, … are not supported!


Before you can start you need to get an account for the repository. You will need the credentials that you get by mail after the registration to successfully complete this manual. The placeholders [your_username] and [your_password] are used in this manual wherever the credentials are needed.

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Activate Repository

First you have to install the necessary repositories so that your package manager can access them:

  • Add Opencast repository:

    cd /etc/yum.repos.d
    curl -O \
       -d os=el -d version=7 -u [YOUR_USERNAME]

    You will be asked for your password.

    It might take some time after the release of a new Opencast version before the RPMs are moved to the stable repository. Until then, you can use .../opencast-testing.repo instead to get the latest version. Note that the testing repository is an additional repository and still requires the stable repository to be active.

  • Add the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository:

    yum install epel-release

    If this package is not available, please enable this repository manually. For that, follow the instructions in the EPEL documentation.

Install Apache ActiveMQ

The Apache ActiveMQ message broker is required by Opencast since version 2.0. It does not necessarily have to be installed on the same machine as Opencast but would commonly for an all-in-one system. ActiveMQ is available from the Opencast RPM repository as well and can be installed by running:

yum install activemq-dist

A prepared configuration file for ActiveMQ can be found at /usr/share/opencast/docs/scripts/activemq/activemq.xml after Opencast itself has been installed and should replace /etc/activemq/activemq.xml. For an all-in-one installation the following command should suffice:

cp /usr/share/opencast/docs/scripts/activemq/activemq.xml /etc/activemq/activemq.xml

ActiveMQ should be started prior to Opencast.

More information about how to properly set up ActiveMQ for Opencast can be found in the message broker configuration documentation.

Install Opencast

For this guide, opencast3-* is used as placeholder for the package name. It will install the latest version of the Opencast 3.x branch. If you want to install another version, please change the name accordingly.

Basic Installation

For a basic installation (All-In-One) just run:

yum install opencast3-allinone

This will install the default distribution of Opencast and all its dependencies, including the 3rd-Party-Tools.

Now you can start Opencast:

  • On a SysV-init based system

    service opencast start
  • On a Systemd based system

    systemctl start opencast.service

While Opencast is preconfigured, it is strongly recommended to follow at least the Basic Configuration guide. It will help you to set your hostname, login information, …

Advanced Installation

While the basic installation will give you an all-in-one Opencast distribution which is nice for testing, you might want to have more control over your system and deploy it over several machines by choosing which parts of Opencast you want to install. You can list all Opencast packages with:

yum search opencast

This will list all available Opencast distributions in the form opencast<version>-<dist-type>

Some available distributions are:

  • opencastX-allinone
  • opencastX-admin
  • opencastX-presentation
  • opencastX-worker

…where X stands for a specific Opencast version.

Install 3rd-party-tools

This step is optional and only recommended for those who want to build Opencast from source. If you install Opencast from the repository, all necessary dependencies will be installed automatically.

You can install all necessary 3rd-Party-Tools for Opencast like this:

yum install ffmpeg tesseract hunspell sox synfig

Upgrading Major Versions

While these packages will automatically upgrade you to the latest point version in a release series, they do not automatically upgrade you to the latest major version. In other words, if you install opencast3-admin you get the latest 3.x release, not the latest 4.x release. To upgrade from one version to another you first stop Opencast:

  • On a SysV-init based system

    service opencast stop
  • On a Systemd based system

    systemctl stop opencast.service

As a reminder, these instructions will change your Opencast installation, and files to a new version which is likely incompatible with older versions. If you are performing this on a production system, please ensure you have valid backups prior to taking the next steps.

Uninstall your current Opencast packaging (using Opencast 3 as an example):

yum remove opencast3-*

Then install the new version (using Opencast 4 as an example):

yum install opencast4-allinone

At this point you must follow the relevant upgrade instructions, prior to starting Opencast again.

Uninstall Opencast

To uninstall Opencast, you can run:

yum remove 'opencast*'

This will not touch your created media files or modified configuration files. If you want to remove them as well, you have to do that by yourself.

# Remove media files
sudo rm -rf /srv/opencast

# Remove local db, search indexes and working files
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/opencast

# Remove configuration files
sudo rm -rf /etc/opencast

# Remove logs
sudo rm -rf /var/log/opencast


Missing Dependencies

If you try to install Opencast but yum is complaining about missing dependencies, please check if the epel repository is really activated on your system. Some distributions come with epel preinstalled but disabled. The installation of the epel-release package will not fix this. You can check what repositories are installed and enabled by executing yum repolist enabled which should give you a list with epel, opencast and opencast-noarch in it. To enable a repository, edit the configuration file in /etc/yum.repos.d/.