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For Penetration Testers

This documentation is intended for Penetration Testers or anybody who will use reNgine for information gathering purpose.

This document aims to provide detailed instructions on setting up and running the reNgine. For detailed instruction on "How to use reNgine" after setup, it has been provided in Usage Section.

This document is divided into 2 parts:

It is highly recommended that you follow each steps to avoid encountering any errors/issues during the setup.

  1. Prerequisites

  2. reNgine Installation


reNgine uses several scripts and tools, they rely on different other 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 much on solving the dependencies, installing required tools, etc. With few installation steps, you should be good to run reNgine.

reNgine requires these tools to be installed before you begin any installation steps:


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

reNgine Installation

Installing reNgine on your favourite VPS or on your local machine is pretty straight forward process. Installation instruction for VPS and local machine is similar and same steps can be followed. If you have met all the above Prerequisites, you can begin installing reNgine.

  • Let's begin by cloning the reNgine.
git clone
cd rengine

There are currently two different ways of installing reNgine.

  • Using make
  • Manually using docker-compose

Using make is by far the easiest way to setup reNgine without encountering any errors. Using docker-compose is a tidious process and is only intended for development purpose. Unless otherwise you're developing reNgine, it is recommended that you use make to install reNgine. Installation steps using docker-compose can be found in Developer's section.

dotenv file

Before we begin installing reNgine, it is necessary to make changes to the dotenv file. You can edit the file using your favourite editor

nano .env


vim .env

The sample .env file can be found here.

# General

# SSL specific configuration

Generating SSL Certificates

reNgine runs on https unless otherwise used for development purpose. So using https is recommended. To generate the certificates you can use

make certs

Please note, while running any make command, you must be inside the rengine/ directory.

Build reNgine

To build the reNgine, use the following command

make build

The build process is a lengthy process and may take some time.

Thanks to Baptiste MOINE for sending the PR that made build process so much simpler.

Run reNgine

Once the build process is successful, we're good to run reNgine. This can be done using below command

make up

reNgine can now be accessed from or if you're on the VPS https://your_vps_ip_address

Registering an account

The recent upgrade bring authentication feature on reNgine. You will need to create a username and password in order to login to the reNgine. To register reNgine, you will need to run the following command

make username

You will now be prompted with some personal details(optional), username and password. We highly recommend that you set a strong password for reNgine.

You may now login to the reNgine web portal using the username and password that you just provided.

Checking logs

If you need to observe the logs, it can be done so by running the commmand

make logs


If you encounter any issues while setup or scan, we advice you to raise an issue in Github and attach the log. While raising any new issues on Github, it is also adviced that you to look for any open issues on Github as well.

Stopping the reNgine

If you wish to stop the reNgine, it can be done so by using the command

make stop

Restarting the reNgine

reNgine can be restarted using the command

make restart

Removing all the reNgine Data

If you wish to delete all your recon data, it can be done using


This is a irreversible process and once pruned, you may never get back your recon data. Use with caution.

make prune