Xray Single Node Helm Installation

JFrog Installation & Setup Documentation

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Installation & Setup

Before you proceed with the installation, review the system requirements.

Xray Node Recommendations

Use a dedicated node for Xray with no other software running to alleviate performance bottlenecks, avoid port conflicts, and avoid setting uncommon configurations.

Xray Storage Recommendations

In most cases, our recommendation is to use an SSD drive for Xray to have better performance and it is not recommended to use an NFS drive, as it is a disk I/O-intensive service, a slow NFS server can suffer from I/O bottlenecks and NFS is mostly used for storage replication.

Xray stores node specific files, such as configuration and temporary files, to the disk. These files are exclusively used by Xray and not shared with other services. Since the local storage used for Xray services are temporary, it does not require replication between the different nodes in a multi-node/HA deployment.

Xray File Handle Allocation Limit

Use the following command to determine the current file handle allocation limit.

cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max

Then, set the following parameters in your /etc/security/limits .conf file to the lower of 100,000 or the file handle allocation limit determined above.

The example shows how the relevant parameters in the /etc/security/limits .conf file are set to 100000. The actual setting for your installation may be different depending file handle allocation limit in your system.

root hard nofile 100000
root soft nofile 100000
xray hard nofile 100000
xray soft nofile 100000
postgres hard nofile 100000
postgres soft nofile 100000
Operating Systems and Platform Support

The following table lists the supported operating systems and the versions.





Windows Server

Amazon Linux


10.x, 11.x

8.x, 9.x

20.04, 22.04

Operating Systems - End of Support

As part of JFrog commitment to maintain the security and reliability of the JFrog Platform, Artifactory will officially run with Node.js 20.x on all installation types from Artifactory 7.77.3.

Node.js 20.x provided with Linux Archive/Debian/RPM installations (non-containerized distributions) is not supported on the following operating systems.

Hence, these operating systems will no longer supported from Artifactory version 7.77.3.

Supported Platforms

The following table lists the supported platforms.









Installation on Kubernetes environments is through Helm Charts. Supported Helm version is Helm 3+.

ARM64 Support

From version 7.41.4, Artifactory supports installation on ARM64 architecture through Helm and Docker installations. You must set up an external database as the Artifactory database since Artifactory does not support the bundled database with the ARM64 installation. Artifactory installation pulls the ARM64 image automatically when you run the Helm or Docker installation on the ARM64 platform.

ARM64 support is also available for Xray, Pipelines (in Helm installation), and Insight. ARM64 support is not available for Distribution.

Database and Third-Party Applications in Xray

Every artifact and build indexed by Xray is broken down into multiple components. These components and the relationships between each other are represented in a checksum based components graph. Xray uses PostgreSQL to store and query this components graph.

Xray supports the following versions of PostgreSQL.

  • 15.x (from version 3.78.9)

  • 14.x

  • 13.x (from version 3.18)

  • 12.x

  • 11.x

  • 10.x

Xray supports PostgreSQL 14.x and 15.x, but currently the Xray installer only bundles the binaries for PostgreSQL 13.x.

RabbitMQ is installed as part of the Xray installation for every node. In case of HA architecture, Xray uses queue mirroring between the different RabbitMQ nodes. External RabbitMQ instances are not officially supported; the recommended method of installation is to use the bundled RabbitMQ.

Xray has multiple flows, such as scanning, impact analysis, and database sync. These flows require processing completed by the different Xray microservices. Flows contain multiple steps that are completed by the Xray services. Xray uses RabbitMQ to manage these different flows and track synchronous and asynchronous communication between the microservices.

Xray also uses Erlang and DB-Util third-party applications. These packages are bundled with all Xray installers except Linux Archive.

Xray Network Ports

Xray uses the 8082 port by default for external communication.

Xray uses the following internal ports by default for communication with JFrog Platform microservices.



Xray Server









8082, 8046, 8047, and 8049


4369, 5671, 5672, 15672, and 25672

PostgreSQL (if you use the bundled PostgreSQL database)






Complete the following steps to install the product.

  1. Add the charts.jfrog.io to your Helm client.

    helm repo add jfrog https://charts.jfrog.io
  2. Update the repository.

    helm repo update
  3. Installation requires a join key.

    You can pass the join key along with the Helm install/upgrade command or pass it in a values.yaml file.

    The following sample shows how to provide join key in the values.yaml file.

      joinKey: <join key value>

    Alternatively, you can manually create a secret containing the join key and then pass it to the template during install/upgrade. The key must be named join-key.

    kubectl create secret generic joinkey-secret --from-literal=join-key=<YOUR_PREVIOUSLY_RETRIEVED_JOIN_KEY>

    The following example shows the values.yaml file with the join key secret.

      joinKeySecretName: joinkey-secret


    In either case, make sure to pass the same join key on all future calls to helm install and helm upgrade. This means always passing --set xray.joinKey=<YOUR_PREVIOUSLY_RETRIEVED_JOIN_KEY>. In the second, this means always passing --set xray.joinKeySecretName=joinkey-secret and ensuring that the contents of the secret remain unchanged.

  4. You need to enter the JFrog URL.

    You can either pass the JFrog URL along with the Helm install/upgrade command or pass it along with the values.yaml file.

    The following example shows the values.yaml file with the JFrog URL.

      jfrogUrl: <JFrog URL>
  5. Create a values.yaml file with all the required configuration if you want to proceed with an installation that holds all the configurations in a values.yaml file.

    You can also use separate configuration files for each configuration and pass them as separate yaml files.

    The following sample shows an example values.yaml file with join key and JFrog URL.

      jfrogUrl: http://artifactory.rt:8082

    The following sample shows an example values.yaml file with join key as a secret and JFrog URL.

      jfrogUrl: http://artifactory.rt:8082
      joinKeySecretName: joinkey-secret
  6. Run the Helm install command to proceed with the installation.

    The following command shows how you can pass the required values through a values.yaml file.

    helm upgrade --install xray --namespace xray -f values.yaml

    The following command shows how you can pass the required values along with the command.

    helm upgrade --install xray --set xray.joinKey=<YOUR_PREVIOUSLY_RETRIEVED_JOIN_KEY> \
                 --set xray.jfrogUrl=<YOUR_PREVIOUSLY_RETRIEVED_BASE_URL> --namespace xray jfrog/xray

    The following command shows how you can pass join key and master key as a secret along with the command.

    helm upgrade --install xray --set xray.joinKeySecretName=joinkey-secret \
                 --set xray.jfrogUrl=<YOUR_PREVIOUSLY_RETRIEVED_BASE_URL> --namespace xray jfrog/xray
  7. To access the logs, find the name of the pod using the following command.

    kubectl --namespace <your namespace> get pods
  8. To get the container logs, run the following command.

    kubectl --namespace <your namespace> logs -f <name of the pod>
  9. Customize the product configuration (optional).

    Unlike other installations, Helm Chart configurations are made to the values.yaml and are then applied to the system.yaml.

    Follow these steps to apply the configuration changes.

    1. Make the changes to values.yaml.

    2. Run the command.

      helm upgrade --install xray --namespace xray -f values.yaml
  10. Access Xray from your browser at: http://<jfrogUrl>/ui/:port.

    Go to the Xray Security & Compliance tab in the Administration module in the UI.

  11. Check the status of your deployed Helm release.

    helm status xray


    Xray Helm Chart installation uses "/" as the RabbitMQ vhost. If you install Xray with the JFrog Platform charts, the RabbitMQ vhost is named "xray".

For advanced installation options, see Helm Charts Installers for Advanced Users.

After installing and before running Xray, you may set the following configurations.

You can configure all your system settings using the system.yaml file located in the $JFROG_HOME/xray /var/etc folder. For more information, see Xray System YAML.

If you don't have a System YAML file in your folder, copy the template available in the folder and name it system.yaml.

For the Helm charts, the system.yaml file is managed in the chart’s values.yaml.

Artifactory Connection Details for Xray

Xray requires a working Artifactory server and a suitable license. The Xray connection to Artifactory requires the following parameters.

  • jfrogUrl

    URL to the machine where JFrog Artifactory is deployed, or the load balancer pointing to it. It is recommended to use DNS names rather than direct IPs. For example: http://jfrog.acme.com or Note that /artifactory context is not longer required.

    Set it in the Shared Configurations section of the $JFROG_HOME/xray/var/etc/system.yamlfile.

  • join.key

    This is the "secret" key required by Artifactory for registering and authenticating the Xray server.

    You can fetch the Artifactory joinKey (join Key) from the JPD UI in the User Management | Settings | Join Key.

    Set the join.key used by your Artifactory server in the Shared Configurations section of the $JFROG_HOME/xray/var/etc/system.yaml file.

Change PostgreSQL database credentials

Xray comes bundled with a PostgreSQL database out-of-the-box, which come pre-configured with the default credentials.

To change the default credentials:

# Access PostgreSQL as the Xray user adding the optional -W flag to invoke the password prompt
$ psql -d xraydb -U xray -W
# Securely change the password for user "xray". Enter and then retype the password at the prompt.
\password xray
# Verify the update was successful by logging in with the new credentials
$ psql -d xraydb -U xray -W

Set your PostgreSQL connection details in the Shared Configurations section of the $JFROG_HOME/xray/var/etc/system.yaml file.

Change RabbitMQ database credentials

Xray comes pre-installed with RabbitMQ, by setting the Erlang cookie value as the RabbitMQ password for guest users.

Configure RabbitMQ to use FQDN for clustering

By default, RabbitMQ uses the short hostnames of other nodes in the cluster for communication. However, it be can be configured to use a fully qualified domain name (FQND) host name (a long hostname).

To configure RabbitMQ to use FQDN, follow these steps.

  1. Install Xray , but do not start the services.

  2. Modify the following files according to the installer type.

    • Common Change in All Installers

      In system.yaml:
          id: <long hostname>
          name: <long hostname>
      ## For secondary nodes only
      #  shared:
      #    rabbitMq:
      #      active:
      #        node:
      #          name: <long hostname of active node>
  3. Start RabbitMQ and the Xray services.

Third Party Log Collector

Xray enables using an external log collector such as Sumologic or Splunk.

To adjust the permissions to allow the log collection service perform read operations on the generated log files.

  1. Add the log collection service user to the relevant group if needed (the user and group that installed and started Xray).

  2. Apply the user and group permissions as needed on the $JFROG_HOME/xray/var/log directory using:

    $ chmod -R 640 $JFROG_HOME/xray/var/log
  3. Adjust the group read inheritance permissions setgid bit using:

    $ chmod -R 2755 $JFROG_HOME/xray/var/log

    This command enables the generated log files to inherit the folder's group permissions.