Installing GoCD server on Windows

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    Installing GoCD server on Windows

    You must be logged in as a user with Administrator privileges to install the GoCD server on Windows.

    • Download a version of go-server from the downloads page.
    • Double-click the go-server-${version}-setup.exe installer file and follow the prompts to install Go.
    • During installation you will be asked to select a directory that will serve as the root path for your GoCD server installation. GoCD server will store all of its associated data in this directory by default
    • You will next be prompted to choose the bundled JRE or specify the location of JRE (or JDK) installed on your system.
    • At the end of the installation, GoCD server will register itself as a windows service owned by ‘Local System’ and start running automatically
    • Shortcuts to GoCD will be placed on your Desktop and in your Start Menu for convenience - double-click the shortcut to GoCD to the GoCD dashboard

    Silent (Headless) Installation

    You may use this method if you would like to script the installation of the GoCD server.

    go-server-${version}-setup.exe /S /D=<PATH_TO_SERVER_DIRECTORY>
    Argument Required Description
    /D No The path where the server should be installed. Defaults to C:\Program Files(x86)\Go Server. Must be the last parameter on the command line and must not contain quotes even if the path contains blank spaces.

    For example:

    C:\> go-server-16.1.0-1234-setup.exe /S /D=C:\go\server

    If User Access Control feature is enabled on your Windows system, it needs to be turned off for silent installation to work.

    If you are using the silent installation to upgrade GoCD, you should not specify the Installation-Directory option.

    Managing the GoCD server process

    You can manage the GoCD server process from the windows service manager

    Location of GoCD server files

    All the files for the GoCD server are under the root installation path on Windows. The default location is C:\Program Files\Go Server.

    The GoCD server installs its files in the following locations on your filesystem:

    Location Description
    ${INSTALL_DIR}/db the GoCD server database
    ${INSTALL_DIR}/artifacts the GoCD server artifacts
    ${INSTALL_DIR}/plugins the GoCD server plugins
    ${INSTALL_DIR}/config the GoCD server configuration
    ${INSTALL_DIR}/logs the GoCD server log files
    ${INSTALL_DIR}/{lib,wrapper} the GoCD server binaries and startup scripts
    ${INSTALL_DIR}/wrapper-config/wrapper-properties.conf the configuration file to alter GoCD server properties

    Overriding default startup arguments and environment

    Users can override default startup arguments in a editing the file ${INSTALL_DIR}/wrapper-config/wrapper-properties.conf.

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