Installing the Appliance Base Image

The Appliance Base Image can install the Anapaya Appliance on bare metal or as a VM running on a hypervisor. The minimal system requirements are described in the Computing resources guide. The base image is provided in two different formats: (1) a qcow2 image purposed for a fast setup of VM’s and (2) an ISO image that can be used to provision bare metal machines.


You may find the latest base image releases on the release notes page.

The images are hosted on To download them, two pieces of information are required:

  • Access token

    The access token is provided to you by Anapaya as part of your software license.

  • Base image version

    The version of the base image needs to be specified. It consists of three parts: the anapaya system version, the anapaya scion version and a counter for the base image version. For example, sys_v2.1.0-scion_v0.32.3-1 is an unique version identifying an appliance base image. It specifies the anapaya-system package version 2.1.0 and the anapaya-scion package version 0.32.1. The last number is a build counter which is increased if there are multiple builds per version combination.

To download the ISO or qcow2 images, use the following commands:

# ISO Image
# QCOW2 BIOS Version
# QCOW2 UEFI Version

Verify that the checksum of the downloaded image matches the one documented on the release notes page:

sha256sum <IMAGE>


The variables ($VERSION, $ACCESS_TOKEN) in the commands can either be replaced directly or set as environment variables.


The Anapaya Appliance Base Image is a full system image that includes all the necessary modules to bootstrap an Anapaya Appliance instance. The system image is hardened by Anapaya. However, the configuration and hardening of the host or hypervisor that hosts the Anapaya Appliance is the responsibility of the user. Please refer to the corresponding vendor guidelines and best practices.

Install the base image on a hypervisor

  1. Copy the qcow2 image to the hypervisor and install it according to the platform documentation.

  2. Allocate resources to the Anapaya Appliance (at least 4G of RAM and 2-4 vCPUs) and then boot the VM.

Install the base image on bare metal

Create bootable USB installer on Ubuntu

  1. Insert a USB drive and find its device name path (e.g. /dev/sdb) by running the following command (look for type disk):

  2. Unmount the USB device in case it is mounted, by running:

    sudo umount /dev/<usb-dev>
  3. Burn the ISO to the USB drive

    sudo dd bs=4M if=<path-to-iso> of=/dev/<usb-dev> status=progress oflag=sync conv=fsync


If your machine is running Windows or macOS or you prefer a GUI, you can download a tool such as Etcher, to burn the ISO image to a USB drive to complete this step.

Configure the installer

In this optional step, you can configure the installer such that no interaction is required after initiating the boot.

  1. To store the base installer user configuration on the USB drive, mount the third partition of the USB device, by running:

    sudo mount /dev/<usb-dev>3 /mnt
  2. Create an installer configuration file at /mnt/anapaya-user-config.yaml containing the boot disk name, and a parameter poweroff_final to make the machine power off, once the installation has been completed.

    disk: sda
    poweroff_final: true

    There are a few more parameters that can be configured depending on your setup. Only set the listed parameters if you are sure you need to change the default value.

  3. Unmount the third partition, by running:

    sudo umount /dev/<usb-dev>3 /mnt

Boot from the installer

Insert the USB media into the target system and initiate the boot sequence by powering on the machine.


It might be necessary to change the boot order preference settings in the BIOS of the machine to favour USB devices.

If you added a configuration to the installer, the installation will start automatically, otherwise you need to select the installation target disk manually. During the installation process, the machine will restart a few times.


During the final step of the installation, the OS is booted and a login prompt appears. To check the installation progress you can authenticate with the default credentials, or the credentials that were configured and run:

watch cloud-init status

After the installation has completed, the machine shuts itself down.

Next steps

You are now ready to provision the Anapaya Appliance. You can login via SSH or use the management API that is exposed on all interfaces. The default credentials are anapaya:anapaya.


Make sure to immediately change the SSH and API credentials. Otherwise the security of your device might be compromised.

A good place to start is the Connecting to the Appliance section. If you are already familiar with the appliance configuration, you can also use the Appliance Configuration Reference to set up and configure the appliance.