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Script Installation Instructions for ClusterControl

Welcome to ClusterControl! Before you get started, make sure you have the proper environment, such as a supported OS and a ssh keys setup. The full list of requirements can be found here.


Run the following Scripts

$ wget -O install-cc,
$ chmod +x install-cc

Please change S9S_CMON_PASSWORD or S9S_ROOT_PASSWORD values or remove the environment variables to interactively set to your own passwords.

ClusterControl cannot currently be used with PHP 8.
On certain operating systems PHP 8 will be downgraded to PHP 7.
$ S9S_CMON_PASSWORD=g7dz6UW0 S9S_ROOT_PASSWORD=VoHeCiPT ./install-cc  
# as root or sudo user

If you have multiple network interface cards, assign one IP address for HOST variable as per example below:

$ S9S_CMON_PASSWORD=g7dz6UW0 S9S_ROOT_PASSWORD=VoHeCiPT HOST= ./install-cc # as root or sudo user

ClusterControl relies on a MySQL server as a data repository for the clusters it manages and an Apache server for the User Interface. The installation script will always install an Apache server on the host. An existing MySQL server can be used or a new MySQL server install is configured for minimum system requirements. If you have a larger server please make the necessary changes to the my.cnf file and restart the MySQL server after the installation.

If you want to explicit set the Apache webserver's 'severname' then set S9S_WEB_SERVER_HOST=<hostname>.

S9S_WEB_SERVER_HOST=cc.mylocaldomain.local ./install-cc


Open your web browser to https://[ClusterControl IP/hostname] and create the default Admin user by entering a valid email address and password.


Setup passwordless SSH to all target nodes (ClusterControl and all database nodes). Run following commands on ClusterControl:

$ ssh -keygen -t rsa # press enter on all prompts
$ ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa [ClusterControl IP address]
$ ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa [Database nodes IP address]# repeat this to all target database nodes
For cloud infrastructure, you may skip this step since all nodes should have been configured with a keypair. Ensure the keypair exists in the ClusterControl node and you are good for the next step.
If you use a non-root user, then it must be in sudoers on all nodes. Read here for details.

Docker Image Installation Instructions for ClusterControl

The Docker Image comes with ClusterControl installed and configured with all of its components, so you can immediately use it to manage and monitor your existing databases. The Docker Image for ClusterControl is a convenient way to quickly get up and running and it’s 100% reproducible. All you need to do is pull the image from the Docker Hub and then launch the software.

Image Description

To Pull ClusterControl images, simply

$ docker run -d severalnines/clustercontrol

The image is based on CentOS 7 with Apache 2.4, which consists of ClusterControl packages and prerequisite componentsD

  • ClusterControl controller, UI, cloud, notification and web ssh packages installed via Severalnines repository.
  • MySQL, CMON database, cmon user grant and dcps database for ClusterControl UI.
  • Apache, file and directory permission for ClusterControl UI with SSL installed.
  • SSH key for ClusterControl usage.

Run Container

To run a ClusterControl container, the simplest command would be:

$ docker run -d severalnines/clustercontrol

However, for production use, users are advised to run with sticky IP address/hostname and persistent volumes to survive across restarts, upgrades and rescheduling, as shown below:

# Create a Docker network
$ docker network create --subnet= db-cluster
# Start the container
$ docker run -d --name clustercontrol \
--network db-cluster \
--ip \
-h clustercontrol \
-p 5000:80 \
-p 5001:443 \
-v /storage/clustercontrol/cmon.d:/etc/cmon.d \
-v /storage/clustercontrol/datadir:/var/lib/mysql \
-v /storage/clustercontrol/sshkey:/root/ssh \
-v /storage/clustercontrol/cmonlib:/var/lib/cmon \
-v /storage/clustercontrol/backups:/root/backups \

The recommended persistent volumes are

/etc/cmon.d – ClusterControl configuration files.

/var/lib/mysql – MySQL datadir to host cmon and dcps database.

/root/.ssh – SSH private and public keys.

/var/lib/cmon ClusterControl internal files.

/root/backups – Default backup directory only if ClusterControl is the backup destination

After a moment, you should able to access the ClusterControl Web UI at {host’s IP address}:{host’s port}, for example:



We have built a complement image called centos ssh to simplify database deployment with ClusterControl. It supports automatic deployment (Galera Cluster) or it can also be used as a base image for database containers (all cluster types are supported). Details at here

Environment Variables

  • CMON_PASSWORD={string}
    • MySQL password for user `cmon`. Default to `cmon`. Use docker secret is recommended.
    • Example: CMON_PASSWORD=cmonP4s5
    • MySQL root password for the ClusterControl container.
      Default to `password`. Use docker secret is recommended.
    • Example: MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=MyPassW0rd

Github Instructions

Service Management

Starting from version 1.4.2, ClusterControl requires a number of processes to be runningD

  • sshd – SSH daemon. The main communication channel.
  • mysqld – MySQL backend runs on Percona Server 5.6.
  • httpd – Web server running on Apache 2.4.
  • cmon – ClusterControl backend daemon. The brain of ClusterControl. It depends on mysqld and sshd.
  • cmon-ssh – ClusterControl web-based SSH daemon, which depends on cmon and httpd.
  • cmon-events – ClusterControl notifications daemon, which depends on cmon and httpd.
  • cmon-cloud – ClusterControl cloud integration daemon, which depends on cmon and httpd.
  • cc-auto-deployment – ClusterControl automatic deployment script, running as a background process, which depends on cmon

These processes are being controlled by Supervisord, a process control system. To manage a process, one would use supervisorctl client as shown in the following example:

[root@physical-host]$ docker exec it clustercontrol /bin/bash
[root@clustercontrol /]# supervisorctl
cc-auto-deployment RUNNING pid 570, uptime 2 days, 19:11:54
cmon RUNNING pid 573, uptime 2 days, 19:11:54
cmon-events RUNNING pid 576, uptime 2 days, 19:11:54
cmon-ssh RUNNING pid 575, uptime 2 days, 19:11:54
httpd RUNNING pid 571, uptime 2 days, 19:11:54
mysqld RUNNING pid 577, uptime 2 days, 19:11:54
sshd RUNNING pid 572, uptime 2 days, 19:11:54
supervisor> restart cmon
cmon: stopped
cmon: started
supervisor> status cmon
cmon RUNNING pid 2838, uptime 0:11:12


  • Standalone Docker
  • Kubernetes


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If you have any questions, you are welcome to get in touch via our contact us page or email us at

[email protected].

Desktop GUI Installation Instructions for ClusterControl

The ClusterControl GUI Installer is a cross-platform desktop web application for Linux, MacOS and Windows. It uses the electron framework to create a native ClusterControl Installer application. The installer provides an easy to use graphical user interface for the bash script. Download the installer to to your desktop and launch the application to get started.

Download the installer package for your desktop operating system of choice.

Linux Distributions: Ubuntu 18.04|20.04, Debian 10|11, Redhat 8, RockyLinux 8, AlmaLinux 8

# download
# unpack with
tar -zxvf clustercontrol-installer-linux-x64-v1.0.9.tar.gz

MacOS 11+

# download
# Double-click the .zip file. The unzipped item appears in the same folder as the .zip file

Windows 10+

# download
# Open File Explorer and find the zipped folder.
# To unzip the entire folder, right-click to select Extract All, and then follow the instructions.
# To unzip a single file or folder, double-click the zipped folder to open it. Then, drag or copy the item from the zipped folder to a new location

Start GUI Installer

Open the ClusterControl Installer by double clicking the application.

ClusterControl will be installed on a host using a SSH connection from the Installer application. This requires that you have SSH credentials to connect from the Installer host to the ClusterControl server where it will be installed. The ClusterControl server requires internet connectivity and If you use a non-root user, then that user must be in the sudoers on the host. Check the full requirements here before you start.

SSH Configuration

You can use password authentication however we recommend using a password-less connection with a SSH key.

  • ClusterControl Server
    This is the server hostname / IP address where ClusterControl will be installed on.
  • SSH Port
    Default port 22.
  • SSH User
    Use the ‘root’ user or a user that has sudo privileges on the server.
  • SSH Password
    Enter a password if you have a password based login to the server. We recommend that you use password-less login with an SSH key and then leave this field empty.
  • SSH Private Key
    The SSH key to use with password-less login to the server.

If you have issues connecting to the ClusterControl server then enable the ‘Debug Mode’ checkbox at the end of the form to capture more detailed logs.

ClusterControl Configuration

  • Email Address
    Enter the email address of the Admin user which will be created at first login.
  • MySQL CMON Password
    ClusterControl requires a database user, ‘cmon’ by default and this sets the password for the ‘cmon’ database user.
  • MySQL Root Password
    The password for the ‘root’ user of the MySQL database server.
  • MySQL Port 3306
    Default local MySQL server port
  • MySQL InnoDB Buffer Pool Size (MB)
    This setting depends on the ClusterControl server’s available memory. 256-512 MB is a good starting point with servers that has 2-4GB of memory. You can try to later change this to 60-80% of the available memory on the server if you experience performance issues with the web application.

Log Installation Information

By default, we capture and send some data (such as os, memory and install success) during the installation to help with troubleshooting and improve our installation script. None of the collected data identifies you personally. You can opt-out of this by disabling ‘Send the installation diagnostic information’.

ClusterControl v2 – Next Generation Web Application

The next generation of the ClusterControl web application is in active development and you can opt to install it with the current version of the ClusterControl (v1) web application. Opt-out by disabling ‘Do you want to install CCv2’.

Next, click on ‘Install’ after you have filled in the SSH and ClusterControl configuration settings to start the installation process.

After the installation script has successfully completed, click on the ClusterControl (v1) web application’s URL – to finish setting up the installation by creating the first Admin user. You can also use the HTTPS endpoint – however since we by default generate a temporary self-signed certificate, you will need to make a certificate exception if you want to continue.

Note: For now, you cannot start by opening the ClusterControl (v2) web application for this initial Admin user creation. It needs to be done from the ClusterControl (v1) web application until it’s supported with upcoming releases.

Create the initial Admin User

Open the ClusterControl (v1) web application, enter a new password for your Admin user and click ‘Register’ to get started with ClusterControl!

Please check the requirements for password-less setup before you start to deploy databases – Passwordless SSH .

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