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Kinobi is an external patch server (or patch source) for Jamf Pro. It provides a simple interface for creating and editing patch definitions, as well as the appropriate endpoints for Jamf Pro to connect to.

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The latest release of Kinobi is available as a .run package via the Releases page.


For full documentation and installation guide, please see the Kinobi Knowledge Base.



Kinobi 1.2 or later, can run as a stand-alone installation. Supported operating systems:

  • Ubuntu LTS Server 14.04 or later (18.04 recommended)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.4 or later
  • CentOS 6.4 or later

System requirements:

  • 20 GB of disk space available
  • 1 GB of RAM


  • MySQL Community Server 5.6 or later, for MySQL database support


Kinobi may also be installed on NetSUS 4.1.0 or later. Refer to NetSUS system requirements for details.

NetSUS 5 is recommended. If you are running NetSUS 5.0 or later, you need to install Kinobi 1.1 or later.

Migrating from NetSUS

Kinobi stores the user accounts in its database, when the database is restored from an earlier version, no user's will exist Kinobi 1.2 and later has a new backup format and database schema, as such to migrate from NetSUS to a Standalone installation, a few additional steps are required. Migration steps:

  • Perform a backup of the database, and download it (this may be required for rollback)
  • Upgrade the Kinobi installation on NetSUS to version 1.2 or later
  • Perform a fresh backup (in the new format), download this file (sql.gz)
  • Install Kinobi on a new system
  • Perform an initial setup
  • Go to Settings > Restore
  • Upload the backup in the new format
  • Restore the backup, and log out
  • Re-run the setup assistant and re-create the new user account

Getting Help

Discussion regarding Kinobi can be found on the #kinobi-dev channel on the MacAdmins Slack group.

Issues can be filed directly on GitHub, but please ensure the issue has not already been reported before doing so.

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