Add your first agent to actuated¶
actuated is split into three parts:
- An Actuated Agent (agent) that you run on your own machines or VMs (server), which can launch a VM with a single-use GitHub Actions runner.
- A VM image launched by the agent, with all the preinstalled software found on a hosted GitHub Actions runner.
- Our own control plane that talks to GitHub on your behalf, and schedules builds across your fleet of agents.
All we need you to do is to install our agent on one or more servers, then we take care of the rest. We'll even be able to tell you if your server goes offline for any reason.
Have you registered your organisation yet?
Before you can add an agent, you or your GitHub organisation admin will need to install the: Actuated GitHub App.
Pick your Actuated Servers¶
Pick your Actuated Servers carefully using our guide: Pick a host for actuated
Review the End User License Agreement (EULA)¶
Make sure you've read the Actuated EULA before registering your organisation with the actuated GitHub App, or starting the agent binary on one of your hosts.
If you missed it in the "Provision a Server" page, we recommend you use Ubuntu 22.04 as the host operating system on your Server.
Install the Actuated Agent¶
Install your license for actuated
The license is available in the email you received when you purchased your subscription. If someone else bought the subscription, they should be able to forward it to you.
Run the following, then paste in your license, hit enter once, then Control + D to save the file.
mkdir -p ~/.actuated cat > ~/.actuated/LICENSE
Download the Actuated Agent and installation script to the server
Setting up an ARM64 agent? Wherever you see
agentin a command, change it to:
agent-arm64. So instead of
agent keygenyou'd run
Download the latest agent and install the binary to
( # Install arkade curl -sLS https://get.arkade.dev | sudo sh # Use arkade to extract the agent from its OCI container image arkade oci install ghcr.io/openfaasltd/actuated-agent:latest --path ./agent chmod +x ./agent/agent* sudo mv ./agent/agent* /usr/local/bin/ )
Run the setup.sh script which will install all the required dependencies like containerd, CNI and Firecracker.
For best performance, a dedicated drive, volume or partition is required to store the filesystems for running VMs. If you do not have a volume or extra drive attached, then you can shrink the root partition, and use the resulting free space.
( cd agent VM_DEV=/dev/nvme0n2 sudo -E ./install.sh )
If you do not have additional storage available at this time, the installer will generate a loopback filesystem for you.
( cd agent sudo ./install.sh )
Generate your enrollment file
You'll need to create a DNS A or CNAME record for each server you add to actuated, this could be something like
Run the following to create an enrollment file at
For an Arm server run
agent enroll --url https://server1.example.com
The enrollment file contains:
- The hostname of the server
- The public key of the agent which we use to encrypt tokens sent to the agent to bootstrap runners to GitHub Actions
- A unique API token encrypted with our public key, which is used by the control plane to authenticate each message sent to the agent
Configure and start the agent
install-servicecommand to configure and install a systemd service to start the actuated agent.
The actuated control plane will only communicate with agents exposed over HTTPS to ensure proper encryption is in place. An API token is used in addition with the TLS connection for all requests.
Any bootstrap tokens sent to the agent are further encrypted with the agent's public key.
For hosts with public IPs, you will need to use the built-in TLS provisioning with Let's Encrypt. For hosts behind a firewall, NAT or in a private datacenter, you can use inlets to create a secure tunnel to the agent.
We're considering other models for after the pilot, for instance GitHub's own API has the runner make an outbound connection and uses long-polling.
These steps are for hosts with public IP addresses, if you want to use inlets, jump to the end of this step.
The easiest way to configure everything is to run as root. The --user flag can be used to run under a custom user account, however sudo access is still required for actuated.
For an x86_64 server, run:
DOMAIN=agent1.example.com sudo -E agent install-service \ --letsencrypt-domain $DOMAIN \ --letsencrypt-email webmaster@$DOMAIN
For an Arm server, run:
DOMAIN=agent1.example.com sudo -E agent-arm64 install-service \ --letsencrypt-domain $DOMAIN \ --letsencrypt-email webmaster@$DOMAIN
Note the different binary name:
If you need to make changes you can run the command again, or edit
Check the service's status with:
sudo systemctl status actuated sudo journalctl -u actuated --since today -f
For an Actuated Agent behind an inlets tunnel, do not include the
--letsencrypt-*flags, and instead add
--listen-addr "127.0.0.1:". See expose the agent with HTTPS for instructions on how the setup inlets.
For example (with inlets):
sudo -E agent install-service \ --listen-addr "127.0.0.1:"
Check that the control-plane is accessible
curl -i https://server1.example.com
A correct response is a 403.
Send us your agent's connection info
$HOME/.actuated/agent.yamlfile with us so we can add your agent to the actuated control plane.
We'll let you know once we've added your agent to actuated and then it's over to you to start running your builds.
Once you've run our test build, you need to run the steps for systemd mentioned above.
You can now start your first build and see it run on your actuated agent.
- runs-on: ubuntu-latest
+ runs-on: actuated-4cpu-16gb
The amount of RAM and CPU can be picked independently.
For Arm servers change the prefix from
- runs-on: ubuntu-latest
+ runs-on: actuated-arm64-8cpu-32gb
You can also customise the VM size for each job:
- runs-on: actuated
+ runs-on: actuated-4cpu-8gb
In a future version of actuated, you'll be able to specify
actuated-anyif you don't mind whether the job runs on one of your amd64 or arm64 servers.
If you'd like to install a firewall, ufw should be relatively quick to configure.
You will need the following ports open:
443- the encrypted control plane for actuated
80- used with Let's Encrypt to obtain a TLS certificate during the HTTP01 challenge
22- we recommend leaving port 22 open so that you can log into the machine with SSH, if needed. You could also change this to a high or random port
We do not recommend restricting outgoing traffic on the server as this will probably cause you issues with your builds.
See also: Troubleshooting your agent