Install Rudder relay on RHEL or CentOS

Relay servers won’t work if you don’t have a valid scale-out-relay plugin installed.

If you install a relay without that plugin, policy generation will fail, preventing new policies to be applied to your Nodes.

More information about plugins in dedicated section


Each official package is signed with our GPG signature. To ensure the packages you will install are official builds and have not been altered, import our key into rpm using the following command:

rpm --import

Our key fingerprint is:

pub  1024R/6F07D355 2012-11-09 Rudder Project (RPM release key) <>
      Key fingerprint = 1141 A947 CDA0 4E83 82C1  B9C4 ADAB 3BD3 6F07 D355

Add a yum repository for Rudder (replace VERSION with RHEL version):

echo '[Rudder_7.3]
name=Rudder 7.3
gpgkey=' > /etc/yum.repos.d/rudder.repo

If you have an active subscription, use the following to get access to long term support (you need to replace the VERSION, user name and the password by your Rudder account):

echo '[Rudder_7.3]
name=Rudder 7.3
gpgkey=' > /etc/yum.repos.d/rudder.repo

Or for RHEL/CentOS < 7 (replace VERSION with RHEL version):

echo '[Rudder_7.3]
name=Rudder 7.3
gpgkey=' > /etc/yum.repos.d/rudder.repo

Install the package:

yum install rudder-relay

To complete this step, please make sure that your node is configured successfully and appears in your Rudder web interface.

On Rudder server

You have to tell the Rudder server that a node will be a relay. To do so, launch the rudder-node-to-relay script on the server, supplying the UUID of the host to be considered as a relay. You can find the UUID of your node with the rudder agent info command.

rudder server node-to-relay <aaaaaaaa-bbbb-cccc-dddd-eeeeeeee>


When every step has completed successfully:

  • The Rudder server will recognize the new node as a relay

  • It will generate specific policies for the relay

  • The relay will update and switch to his new role

This is an example of node details pane showing a Rudder relay. Note the "Role: Rudder relay" part that shows that the machine has successfully changed from a node to a relay.

Figure 1. Rudder relay node

Adding nodes to a relay

When you have at least one relay, you will likely want to add nodes on it.

You then have two possible cases:

  • You want to switch an already existing node to the relay

  • You want to add a new one

The procedure on both cases is the same, you have to:

  • Update the policy server with the IP address or the fully qualified domain name of the relay (instead of Rudder server) and reset pinned public key

rudder agent policy-server <rudder relay ip or hostname>
rudder agent server-keys-reset
  • Trigger an inventory immediately to make sure the node is registered correctly

rudder agent inventory

After those steps, the node should be registered correctly on your Rudder infrastructure.

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