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Prerequisites for reNgine

This document aims to provide detailed instructions on setting up and running the reNgine.


If you wish to run reNgine on any debian Linux (like Ubuntu), there is a installation script that will ease your docker installation and does required setup for you. Consider using it. Quick Installation You can skip prerequisites if you are running Ubuntu

This document is firther divided into 3 parts:

  1. Prerequisites

  2. Quick Installation

  3. reNgine Installation


reNgine uses several scripts and tools, those tools or scripts rely on various tools to be installed like Go, Python, etc, and to avoid any dependency issues, we decided to use Docker. Using Docker will not only ease the dependency issues but will also ease the installation steps. As a penetration tester, you need not focus on solving the dependencies, installing required tools, etc. With few installation steps, you should be good to run reNgine.

reNgine requires 3 tools to be installed before you begin installing rengine. They are, docker, docker-compose and make utility.


Docker provides very good documentation on how to install docker based on your Operating System. You can follow the documentation here.

Docker installation on Ubuntu/Linux Distributions


The installation steps have been directly taken from Docker Guide with no modification.

  • Update the apt package index and install the below packages
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install \
    apt-transport-https \
    ca-certificates \
    curl \
    gnupg-agent \
  • Add Docker official GPG key
curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -
  • Use the following commands to setup the stable repository
sudo add-apt-repository \
   "deb [arch=amd64] \
   $(lsb_release -cs) \
  • Finally install Docker Engine
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli
  • Test the Docker by running docker command on your console/terminal.

Docker installation on Windows

Docker requires Docker Desktop to be installed on your Windows OS. Installing Docker Desktop is as easy as double clicking the InstallDocker.msi installer, downloaded from here.

Docker installation on Mac OS

Docker requires Docker Desktop to be installed on your Mac OS. Follow the instruction from Docker hub to install Docker on Mac OS.

Docker installation on Windows WSL

Nick Janetakis has a well written blog and a Video guide on how to install Docker on Windows Subsystem Linux. Please follow the video/blog guide on how to install Docker on WSL.

Docker Compose

If you're running Docker Desktop you can skip installing docker-compose as docker-compose comes along with Docker Desktop. This applies for both Windows and Mac OS users.

If you're using Linux distributions or WSL, you will still need to install docker-compose and the installation steps are similar.

Installing docker-compose on Linux systems

  • 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


If curl is not working for some reason, there are alternate installation steps as well. You can use pip or install as a container. Follow the alternate installation steps.


make installation on Linux Distributions

Install the latest version of make using

sudo apt install make

Although it is optional, build-essential package can also be installed which contains make utility.

sudo apt install build-essential

All prerequisites has now been satisfied and you can either continue with Quick Installation or Detailed Installation Instructions.