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Ginger Base Plugin

Ginger Base is an open source base host management plugin for Wok (Webserver Originated from Kimchi), that provides an intuitive web panel with common tools for configuring and managing the Linux systems.

Wok is a cherrypy-based web framework with HTML5 support that is extended by plugins which expose functionality through REST APIs.

The current features of Base Host Management of Linux system include: + Shutdown, Restart, Connect + Basic Information + System Statistics + Software Updates + Repository Management + Debug Reports (SoS Reports)

Browser Support

Desktop Browser Support:

  • Internet Explorer: Current version
  • Chrome: Current version
  • Firefox: Current version
  • Safari: Current version
  • Opera: Current version

Mobile Browser Support:

  • Safari iOS: Current-1 version
  • Android Browser Current-1 version

Hypervisor Distro Support

Ginger Base and Wok might run on any GNU/Linux distribution that meets the conditions described on the 'Getting Started' section below.

The Ginger community makes an effort to test it with the latest versions of Fedora, RHEL, OpenSuSe, and Ubuntu.

Getting Started

All Ginger Base functionalities are provided to user by Wok infra-structure. It's important to install Wok before any Ginger Base operation be enabled on the system.

There are two ways to have Ginger Base and Wok running together: by their packages (latest release) or by source code (development release).

Installing From Packages

Kimchi and Ginger teams provide packages of the latest stable release of Wok and Ginger Base. To install them, follow these instructions:

For Fedora:

$ wget
$ wget
$ sudo dnf install wok-*.rpm ginger-base-*.rpm


$ wget
$ wget
$ sudo yum install wok-*.rpm ginger-base-*.rpm

For Debian/Ubuntu:

$ wget
$ wget
$ sudo dpkg -i wok-*.deb ginger-base-*.deb

For openSUSE:

$ wget
$ wget
$ sudo zypper install wok-*.rpm ginger-base-*.rpm

Installing from Source Code

Before anything, it's necessary install Wok and Ginger Base dependencies. To install Wok dependencies, see Wok's README file at

To install Ginger Base dependencies, follow:

For Fedora and RHEL:

$ sudo yum install rpm-python sos pyparted python-configobj

# If using Fedora, install the following additional packages:
$ sudo yum install python2-dnf

# These dependencies are only required if you want to run the tests:
$ sudo yum install python-mock rpmlint

Note for RHEL users: Some of the above packages are located in the Red Hat EPEL repositories. See this FAQ for more information on how to configure your system to access this repository.

And for RHEL7 systems, you also need to subscribe to the "RHEL Server Optional" channel at RHN Classic or Red Hat Satellite.

For Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install python-apt sosreport python-configobj python-parted

# These dependencies are only required if you want to run the tests:
$ sudo apt-get install python-mock

For openSUSE:

$ sudo zypper install rpm-python python-parted python-configobj

# These dependencies are only required if you want to run the tests:
$ sudo zypper install python-mock rpmlint

Note for openSUSE users: Some of the above packages are located in different openSUSE repositories. See this FAQ for python-parted package.

After install and resolve all dependencies, clone both source code:

$ git clone --recursive
$ cd wok
$ git submodule update --remote
$ ./

To run Ginger Base tests, execute:

$ cd src/wok/plugins/gingerbase
$ make check-local                      # check for i18n and formatting errors
$ sudo make check                       # execute unit tests

After all tests are executed, a summary will be displayed containing any errors/failures which might have occurred.

Regarding UI development, make sure to update the CSS files when modifying the SCSS files by running:

$ sudo make -C ui/css css


$ sudo systemctl start wokd.service


Connect your browser to https://localhost:8001. Once logged in you could see host tab which provides the gingerbase functionality.

Wok uses PAM to authenticate users so you can log in with the same username and password that you would use to log in to the machine itself.

Ginger Base Host Screen

Ginger Base Host tab provides the base host functionality like system information, system statistics, software updates, repositories and debug reports functionality.

Also Ginger Base provides shutdown, re-start and connect options.


All patches are sent through our mailing list. More information can be found at:

Patches should be sent using git-send-email to

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