Buildbot its tool to automate compilation and tests. This tutorial we will install it on three important distro and run it.

1 - Installation dependencies:

  • Installation of necessary packages to correct installation of Buildbot bundle.

Fedora 25:

sudo dnf install python-devel python-pip redhat-rpm-config make gcc

Fedora 26:

sudo dnf install python-pip redhat-rpm-config make gcc

Ubuntu and Debian:

sudo apt-get install Python-dev build-essential python-pip 

2 - Installation without virtualenv:

sudo pip install --upgrade pip 
sudo pip install 'buildbot[bundle]' 
sudo pip install buildbot-grid-view 
sudo pip install buildbot-worker
sudo pip install setuptools-trial

2.5 - Installation with virtualenv (optional):

  • First we need install virtual environment.


sudo dnf install python-virtualenv 

Ubuntu and Debian:

sudo apt install python-virtualenv 
  • Now we need activate the environment
virtualenv --no-site-packages YourSandbox
source YourSandbox/bin/activate


pip install --upgrade pip 
pip install 'buildbot[bundle]' 
pip install buildbot-grid-view 
pip install buildbot-worker 
pip install setuptools-trial

3- Initial Master setup:

  • Creation of folder where Buildbot archives will stay:
mkdir -p BuildBot 
cd BuildBot 
  • Creation of Master with name[master]:
buildbot create-master master 

  • The configuration of all functions of Buildbot its done in configuration file inside Master folder, to simplify we will use the sample configuration file provided in default template of Master [master.cfg.sample], but it’s needed be renamed to [master.cfg] to be recognized by Buildbot:
mv master/master.cfg.sample master/master.cfg 
  • Here we will start Master daemon:
buildbot start master 

4- Initial Worker setup:

  • Here we will create a worker (previously slave) with name [worker]:
buildbot-worker create-worker worker localhost example-worker pass 

The command syntax:

* buildbot-worker = Buildbot Worker program. 
* create-worker = Command to creation of Worker
* worker = Name of worker folder 
* localhost = Master location on the network (This example Master are in the same VM)
* example-worker = Name of worker 
* pass = Authentication password
  • Start of worker daemon:
    buildbot-worker start worker