Install reNgine on Ubuntu 20.04|Ubuntu 18.04

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to install reNgine on Ubuntu 20.04|Ubuntu 18.04. reNgine is an automated reconnaissance framework meant information gathering during penetration testing of web applications. It has pipeline of highly configurable reconnaissance steps. With the integration of various open source information gathering tools, reNgine, uses all or some of them depending upon the configuration and gathers the results at a single place.

As a reconnaissance framework, below are the reNgine capabilities;

  • Subdomain Discovery: Discovers all the subdomains using tools like sublist3r, subfinder, amass, asset finder, etc.
  • Port Scan: Use to identify the open ports on the subdomains that have been discovered. Currently reNgine uses naabu to check for open ports. We have plans to use masscan in the future.
  • Directory and File Search: Uses dirsearch to discover the directories and files.
  • Fetch all Endpoints: Fetches all the urls for each subdomains from various sources like Open Threat Exchange, Wayback machine, common crawl etc. reNgine uses gauhakrawler to fetch the endpoints.
  • Vulnerability Scan (Beta): reNgine uses nuclei to perform the Vulnerability Scans on the targets.

Installing reNgine on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04


There are a number of tools that reNgine requires to be installed prior to its installation.

Install Docker Engine on Ubuntu 20.04|Ubuntu 18.04

Using Docker to run reNgine is one of the easiest methods. As such, you need to first install Docker. Follow the link below to install Docker on Ubuntu 20.04|Ubuntu 18.04.

Install Docker CE on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Docker Compose on Ubuntu 20.04|Ubuntu 18.04

  • Download the latest stable version of docker-compose
sudo curl -L "$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
  • Apply executable permission
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
  • Create a symbolic link
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/docker-compose /usr/bin/docker-compose
  • Verify your installation by running
docker-compose --version

Install Make and Other Build tools on Ubuntu 20.04|Ubuntu 18.04

Run the command below to install make and build-essential on Ubuntu 20.04|Ubuntu 18.04

apt install make build-essential

Installing reNgine on Ubuntu

Once your system has met all the prerequisites above, then you are good to proceed to install reNgine.

  • Clone the reNgine Github repository
git clone 
  • Navigate to reNgine directory, once the clone is done;
cd rengine
  • Update reNgine environment variables required for setup;
vim .env
# General

# SSL specific configuration
  • NOTE: You MUST be inside the rengine while running the make commands.
  • Generating reNgine SSL Certificates
make certs
Creating new certificate for
Generating RSA private key, 4096 bit long modulus (2 primes)
e is 65537 (0x010001)
Signature ok
subject=C = US, ST = Georgia, L = Atlanta, O = Kifarunix-demo, CN =
Getting CA Private Key
total 24
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          2041 Jan 10 06:00 ca.crt
-rw-------    1 root     root          3243 Jan 10 06:00 ca.key
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root             3 Jan 10 06:00
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          1830 Jan 10 06:00 rengine.pem
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          2041 Jan 10 06:00 rengine_chain.pem
-rw-------    1 root     root          3243 Jan 10 06:00 rengine_rsa.key
  • You can now build reNgine framework. The process might take sometime though!
make build

Running reNgine on Ubuntu 20.04|Ubuntu 18.04

Once reNgine build is done successfully, you can now run reNgine by executing the command below from within the rengine git directory;

make up

Before you can run the command above, ensure no service is using the default web server port 80.

Once reNgine is up, you can list its running container;

docker ps
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                                                     COMMAND                  CREATED         STATUS         PORTS                                      NAMES
8ed371f18774   nginx:alpine                                              "/docker-entrypoint.…"   3 minutes ago   Up 3 minutes>80/tcp,>443/tcp   rengine_proxy_1
4e296aa185b7   rengine_celery                                            "/app/docker-entrypo…"   3 minutes ago   Up 3 minutes                                              rengine_celery_1
62822b042cce   "/app/docker-entrypo…"   3 minutes ago   Up 3 minutes                                              rengine_web_1
4021a0151f08   rengine_celery-beat                                       "/app/docker-entrypo…"   3 minutes ago   Up 3 minutes                                              rengine_celery-beat_1
7695fa3f292c   postgres:12.3-alpine                                      "docker-entrypoint.s…"   5 minutes ago   Up 5 minutes   5432/tcp                                   rengine_db_1
b2eaefa78f71   redis:alpine                                              "docker-entrypoint.s…"   5 minutes ago   Up 5 minutes   6379/tcp                                   rengine_redis_1

To restart reNgine use the command

make restart

You can stop the reNgine by running the command.

make stop

Accessing reNgine from Browser

Note that the web server container listening on port 80 is mapped to listen on the host port 443 (>80/tcp,>443/tcp). This means that you can access reNgine from browser using the URL, https://<DOMAIN_NAME set on .env file> or https://your_vps_ip_address.

Accept the use of self-signed SSL on browser and proceed to reNgine login page.

Create reNgine User Account

In order to be able to login to reNgine, you need to create a username and password. You can use make command (run within the reNgine git repo directory) as follows;

make username

You will be prompted to enter the username (root by default), the email address and the user password.

Install reNgine on Ubuntu

Once you have created a user account, you can use it to login to reNgine from the browser.

reNgine dashboard.

rengine dashboard

And there you go. You can now add assets to scan and schedule your scanning.

That marks the end of our tutorial on how to install reNgine.


Installing reNgine

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