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Installing OpenAM

Installing OpenAM

This guide was written using Debian based ( e.g. Ubuntu ) operating system. In other distributions just change the "apt-get" to their respective package manager tool. OpenAM can be installed on every Operating System that support Java.

Please replace every sso.appsedudemo.com with your server domain.


  • Tomcat 7

  • OpenAM.war file

  • openam subdomain created (i.e. openam.federation.ga)


  • Install and run tomcat7

    • $ sudo su

    • $ apt-get update

    • $ apt-get install tomcat7

    • $ apt-get install default-jdk

  • Download and extract OpenAM (You can download the last version on http://forgerock.com/download-stack/)

  • Enable permissions

    • $ chown -R tomcat7:tomcat7 /usr/share/tomcat7

  • Modify /etc/hosts with your domain

    • $ nano /etc/hosts

    • Add the following lines at bottom       localhost.localdomain localhost

::1                 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6       openam openam.sso.appsedudemo.com

  • Be sure that your firewall allows the 8080 external port

  • Run on browser http://openam.sso.appsedudemo.com:8080/openam

  • Click on Create Default Configuration

    • Write different password for amAdmin password and policy password.

  • Wait until process finishes.

  • Click on “Proceed to Login”.

  • Log-in with:

    • User: amadmin

    • Pass: (the one that you set on installation)

  • OpenAM is ready to use.