Installing from RPM

Pre-built statically linked versions are available for the following OSes:

  • RedHatEnterpriseLinux
  • Fedora
  • CentOS

To get the appropriate repo file for your OS, use one of the commands listed below:

  • RedHatEnterpriseLinux
# sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/beaker-harness.repo
  • Fedora
# sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/beaker-harness.repo
  • CentOS
# sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/beaker-harness.repo

Once you have the appropriate repo file on your system you can install Restraint via dnf (or yum on older systems). Although you can install both the server and the client on the same machine it is not recommended.

Install the Restraint client on your machine if you want to run stand-alone jobs (i.e.: outside of Beaker):

# sudo dnf install restraint-client

Install the Restraint server on the systems that will run the tasks/tests:

# sudo dnf install restraint

Building from Source

Source code is located at Restraint can be built and linked dynamically or statically. To build it dynamically you will need the development libraries for the following packages installed (minimum versions are listed):

  • zlib-1.2.8
  • bzip2-1.0.6
  • libffi-3.0.11
  • glib2-2.38.0
  • libxml2-2.9.0
  • libarchive-3.1.2
  • xz-5.0.4
  • libsoup-2.48.1
  • sqlite-autoconf-3080002
  • intltool-0.35.5
  • selinux-2.7

Commands that will make sure most of the development libraries required are installed:

# sudo dnf install zlib-devel bzip2-devel libffi-devel glib2-devel libxml2-devel
# sudo dnf install libarchive-devel xz-devel libsoup-devel selinux-devel
# sudo dnf install intltool

The last set of development libraries for SQLite require that you install SQLite. Following the ‘Install SQLite on Linux’ instructions available at

Once you have all the development libraries installed, you can clone Restraint from git:

% git clone git://
% cd restraint

Build Restraint:

% make

To build it statically first enter the third-party directory and build the support libraries:

% pushd third-party
% make
% popd

Then build Restraint with the following command:

% pushd src
% PKG_CONFIG_PATH=../third-party/tree/lib/pkgconfig make STATIC=1
% popd

Installing Restraint:

% make install

Starting the Daemon

Regardless if you installed from RPM or from source you start the daemon one of two ways. If the system uses systemd use the following commands:

Enable the service for next reboot
# systemctl enable restraintd.service
Start the service now
# systemctl start restraintd.service

For SysV init based systems use the following commands:

Enable the service for next reboot
# chkconfig --level 345 restraintd on
Start the service now
# service restraintd start