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SCAP Workbench

A GUI tool that provides scanning, tailoring and validation functionality for SCAP content


SCAP Workbench is a GUI tool that provides scanning, tailoring and validation functionality for SCAP content. It uses openscap library to access SCAP functionalities.

Homepage of the project is

How to run it out of the box

  1. Make sure you have installed all prerequisites

required dependencies:

# yum install cmake gcc-c++ openssh-clients util-linux openscap-devel qt5-qtbase-devel qt5-qtxmlpatterns-devel openssh-askpass

required dependencies (only for the git repo, not required for released tarballs):

# yum install asciidoc

optional dependencies:

# yum install polkit

On Ubuntu this is roughly equivalent to:

# apt install build-essential openssh-client libopenscap-dev libqt5xmlpatterns5-dev ssh-askpass
# apt install asciidoc
# apt install libpolkit-agent-1-0
  1. Build SCAP Workbench:
$ mkdir build; cd build
$ cmake ../
$ make

To build against locally built OpenSCAP library export following variables:

$ export LIBRARY_PATH=/PATH/TO/DIR/WITH/openscap.soFILE/

Additionally it is possible to use custom CMake definitions instead of exporting environment variables:

    -DOPENSCAP_INCLUDE_DIRS:PATH=/local/openscap/include/path \
$ make
  1. Install SCAP Workbench: (optional)

(inside the build folder):

$ # may require superuser privileges if you didn't set different installation
$ make install

4a) Run SCAP Workbench: (if it was installed)

spawning open file dialog:

$ scap-workbench

with an XCCDF file to load:

$ scap-workbench /path/to/xccdf-file.xml

with a source datastream (SDS) to load:

$ scap-workbench /path/to/sds-file

4b) Run SCAP Workbench: (straight from build dir, without installation)

Note: If you have built SCAP-Workbench against locally built OpenSCAP library, then run one of the following commands:

$ ldconfig /PATH/TO/DIR/WITH/openscap.soFILE/



and then:

$ cd build/
$ bash ./scap-workbench

What now?

You should have a built SCAP Workbench executable by now. Please refer to the user manual for documentation on how to use it.

There are 3 ways to get the user manual:

  • Click Help -> User Manual in the application
  • Open /usr/share/doc/scap-workbench/user_manual.html (installed system-wide) or doc/user_manual.html (from the tarball) in your browser
  • Open or download user manual from the website

How to make a tarball

$ mkdir build; cd build
$ cmake ../
$ make package_source