Supported Operating Systems

For Rudder Nodes

The following operating systems are supported for Rudder Nodes and packages are available for these platforms:


  • Debian 5 to 8
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) / RHEL-like 3 and 5 to 7
  • Fedora 18
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 SP3, 11 SP1, 11 SP3, 12
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid), 12.04 LTS (Precise), 12.10 (Quantal), 14.04 LTS (Trusty), 16.04 LTS (Xenial)

Other Unix systems:

  • IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1 and 7.1


[Tip]Windows and AIX Nodes
  • On Windows, installing Rudder requires the commercial version of CFEngine (named CFEngine Enterprise)
  • For IBM AIX, pre-built RPM packages are distributed by Normation only

Hence, as a starting point, we suggest that you only use Linux machines. Once you are accustomed to Rudder, contact Normation to obtain a demo version for these platforms.

[Warning]Unsupported Operating Systems

It is possible to use Rudder on other platforms than the ones listed here. However, we haven’t tested the application on them, and can’t currently supply any packages for them. Moreover, some Techniques may not work properly. If you wish to try Rudder on other systems, please get in touch with us!

A reference about how to manually build a Rudder agent is available on Rudder's website here:

For Rudder Root Server

The following operating systems are supported as a Root server:


  • Debian 7 and 8
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) / RHEL-like 6 and 7
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP1 and SP3
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty), 16.04 LTS (Xenial)