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Generator of custom Debian Package for JetBrains TeamCity Server and Agent.

Details of TeamCity Server configuration:

  • is accessible via HTTPS with signed certificates (package installs nginx as HTTPS frontend)
  • uses TeamCity Data Directory located at /var/lib/teamcity/BuildServer

The package installs TeamCity server start and stop scripts into /etc/init.d and also provides easy means to upgrade to newer TeamCity versions.

postfix package is recommended to be used as a mail server to send out TeamCity email notifications.

Step 1. Clone repo to your own copy

mkdir teamcity-deb
cd teamcity-deb
git init
git remote add upstream git://
git fetch upstream
git merge upstream/master

Then add your Organization repository as origin:

git remote add origin

And push changes into it:

git push -u origin master

Step 2. Create SSL keys for your TeamCity Server

In the root of Git repo:

mkdir ssl-certs
cd ssl-certs
openssl req -new -out request.csr

Enter password you wish (any you like, but remember it) and answer the questions openssl asks. These generally depend on your Organization rules about issuing certificates.

cat request.csr

Submit this certificate request to issue certification system of your Organization (ask admin for this). In the result you should have signed certnew.cer file or something like this. Then convert private key into nginx key:

openssl rsa -in privkey.pem -out ../etc/nginx/ssl/teamcity.key

Enter password you remembered on previous step. Then download Certificates Chain for you Organization into file allcas.pem, and perform merge for CA certs with your new issued certificate:

cat certnew.cer allcas.pem > ../etc/nginx/ssl/teamcity.crt
cd ..

Don't forget to commit these new key and cert:

git add etc/nginx/ssl/teamcity.key
git add etc/nginx/ssl/teamcity.crt
git commit -m "Update SSL certs"
git push origin master

You also can save ssl-certs directory in your Git repo, but note that this is not secure:

git add ssl-certs
git commit -m "Add artifacts of SSL keys creation"
git push origin master

Step 3. Build package

In Git repo root and on Ubuntu/Debian host: Update version (do not modify the first part of the version, it isused for downloading TeamCity distribution from JetBrains site):

dch -i



Upload to you local Debian distributives repo:


Version of TeamCity and Version of Debian Package

Version of TeamCity is the first part of debian package version from the first line of debian/changelog. For example:

teamcity ( lucid; urgency=low

Version of TeamCity – 7.1.4 Version of Debian Package –

During the package build TeamCity version is embedded into postinst script. On package install, the script will automatically download the specified TeamCity version from JetBrains Downloads site, and install it.

Setup TeamCity Server

Add the folowing line into /etc/apt/sources.list if it is not yet present there:

deb stable/all/


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install teamcity-server

If you like to use mysql as localhost database:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install teamcity-server-localhost-mysql

Package will create mysql database on localhost and configure TeamCity to use it.

TeamCity Server Startup and Shutdown


sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity start


sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity stop


sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity restart

Setup TeamCity Agent

Add the folowing line into /etc/apt/sources.list if it is not yet present there:

deb stable/all/


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install teamcity-agent

This installs the script /etc/init.d/teamcity-agent. Run it to install agent on the host:

sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity-agent install <> <server.url>

This will download Agent from TeamCity server and install it on the current host. After this you can run it:

sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity-agent start <>

TeamCity Agents Startup and Shutdown

Get list of installed agents:

sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity-agent


sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity-agent start [<agent-name>]


sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity-agent stop [<agent-name>]


sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity-agent restart [<agent-name>]

Default is buildAgent

Upgrade TeamCity Server. Bad practice

sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity upgrade 7.1.4

Where 7.1.4, is the version published on JetBrains Site. This script will download tar.gz, unpack it into /usr/local/teamcity-7.1.4 and link to /usr/local/teamcity. Then TeamCity will be restarted.

On the first install the upgrade will be performed automatically.

Upgrade TeamCity Server. Good practice.

Update package via:

dch -i

Change TeamCity version to the new one.

git commit -a -m "Upgrade to TeamCity 7.1.4"
git push origin master

Then just install the new package on target hosts.


You need to use teamcity-server-localhost-mysql package. This package uses mysql as one of the most popular on Ubuntu.

Database teamcity is created automatically on localhost for user teamcity, with password teamcity on first install. For security reasons it is advised to modify these settings in the package or otherwise to comply with your Organization rules.

On the very first start after initial TeamCity installation, it might not use MySQL database. If you see a warning in TeamCity UI about 'External database', just restart TeamCity server:

sudo /etc/init.d/teamcity restart

And then:

tail -f /usr/local/teamcity/logs/teamcity-server.log

When TeamCity prompts for an authentication token, copy&paste it from this log and continue.


Debian Package for JetBrains TeamCity






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