Install Athens with BOSH

Athens can be deployed in many ways. The following guide explains how to use BOSH, a deployment and lifecycle tool, in order to deploy an Athens server on virtual machines (VMs) on any infrastructure as a service (IaaS) that is supported by BOSH.


Install BOSH

Make sure to have the BOSH CLI installed and set up a BOSH Director on an infrastructure of your choice.

Setup the Infrastructure

If you choose to deploy on a IaaS provider, there are a few prerequisites that need to be set up before starting with the deployment. Depending on which IaaS you will be deploying, you may need to create:

  • Public IP: a public IP address for association with the Athens VM.

  • Firewall Rules: the following ingress ports must be allowed

    • 3000/tcp - Athens proxy port (if you specify a different port than the default port 3000 in the job properties, adapt this rule accordingly).

    Egress traffic should be restricted depending on your requirements.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS requires additional settings that should be added to a credentials.yml file using the following template:

# security group IDs to apply to the VM
athens_security_groups: [sg-0123456abcdefgh]

# VPC subnet to deploy Athens to
athens_subnet_id: subnet-0123456789abcdefgh

# a specific, elastic IP address for the VM

The credentials need to be added to the deploy command, i.e.

-o manifests/operations/aws-ops.yml


The fastest way to install Athens using BOSH is probably a Director VM running on VirtualBox which is sufficient for development or testing purposes. If you follow the bosh-lite installation guide, no further preparation is required to deploy Athens.


A deployment manifest contains all the information for managing and updating a BOSH deployment. To aid in the deployment of Athens on BOSH, the athens-bosh-release repository provides manifests for basic deployment configurations inside the manifests directory. For quickly creating a standalone Athens server, clone the release repository and cd into it:

git clone --recursive
cd athens-bosh-release

Once the infrastructure has been prepared and the BOSH Director is running, make sure that a stemcell has been uploaded. If this has not been done yet, choose a stemcell from the stemcells section of, and upload it via the command line. Additionally, a cloud config is required for IaaS specific configuration used by the Director and the Athens deployment. The manifests directory also contains an example cloud config, which can be uploaded to the Director via

bosh update-config --type=cloud --name=athens \
    --vars-file=credentials.yml manifests/cloud-config.yml

Execute the deploy command which can be extended with ops/vars files depending on which IaaS you will be deploying to.

bosh -d athens deploy manifests/athens.yml  # add extra arguments

For example, when using AWS the deploy command for an Athens Proxy with disk storage would look like

bosh -d athens deploy \
    -o manifests/operations/aws-ops.yml \
    -o manifests/operations/with-persistent-disk.yml \
    -v disk_size=1024 \
    --vars-file=credentials.yml manifests/athens.yml

This will deploy a single Athens instance in the athens deployment with a persistent disk of 1024MB. The IP address of that instance can be obtained with

bosh -d athens instances

which is useful for targeting Athens, e.g. with the GOPROXY variable. You can follow this quickstart guide for more information.

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