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Open Services Access: Apaches RP management tool

OSA is a tool to manage in click-and-play mode an Apache reverse proxy It's based on apache 2 web server.

In addition, it offers some extra functionalities like dual mode authentication (HTTP basic or cookie) for a same resource set or quota management.

OSA is distributed under Apache2 licence

In addition of standard Apache reverse proxying capabilities, OSA us an additional apache module. It comes with 2 versions of this module:

  • using MySQL as backend
  • using SQLite3 as backend

NOTE Only one version (sqlite or mysql) may be used at the same time by apache


Install and configuration scripts are developped for debian, but, with few changes, should be compliant with RedHat too...

To install some prerequisite are needed

IMPORTANT NOTE: Apply following MySQL instrustruction on if you plan to use MySQL version of OSA apache module and need to connect the database on a remote server.

  • root mysql user on target server should be able to create/delete users and databases, with a connection from the server where OSA is installed If it's not the case, run on target MySQL server:
    • to add this privileges: GRANT all on . to 'root'@'%' identified by 'password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
    • to remove priovileges: DELETE from mysql.user WHERE user='root' AND host='%'; flush privileges;

Installation process described here assume that MySQL server will be running locally First of all, install required packages and clone OSA repository

  • connect as root

  • install required packages

    Until Ubuntu 16.04 (not included) OR Debian/Raspbian Jessie

    #Choose your database manegement system (uncomment the proper line)
    #RDBMS=mysql && RDBMS_PACKAGE="php5-mysql mysql-server libmysqlclient-dev"
    #RDBMS=sqlite && RDBMS_PACKAGE="sqlite3 php5-sqlite libsqlite3-dev"
    apt-get install apache2 php5 php5-curl openssl curl zip autoconf apache2-prefork-dev git build-essential zlib1g-dev zlib1g libjson-c-dev libjson-c2 $RDBMS_PACKAGE

    Debian/Raspbian Stretch

    #Choose your database manegement system (uncomment the proper line)
    #RDBMS=mysql && RDBMS_PACKAGE="php-mysql mysql-server default-libmysqlclient-dev"
    #RDBMS=sqlite && RDBMS_PACKAGE="sqlite3 php5-sqlite libsqlite3-dev"
    apt-get install apache2 php5 php5-curl  openssl curl zip autoconf apache2-dev git build-essential  zlib1g-dev zlib1g libjson-c-dev libjson-c2 $RDBMS_PACKAGE

    Since Ubuntu 16.04 (included)

    #Choose your database manegement system (uncomment the proper line)
    #RDBMS=mysql && RDBMS_PACKAGE="mysql-server php-mysql libmysqlclient-dev"
    #RDBMS=sqlite && RDBMS_PACKAGE="sqlite3 php-sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev"
    apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php php php-curl openssl curl zip autoconf apache2-dev git build-essential zlib1g-dev zlib1g libjson-c-dev libjson-c2 $RDBMS_PACKAGE
  • clone git repo

    git clone
  • Go to OSA clone folder

    cd OSA

Then run with "-rdbms $RDBMS -m /path/to/your/local/installation" as argument


  • Your local installation folder will be created by if it does not exists

      	./ -rdbms $RDBMS -m /usr/local/OSA
  • Go to $INSTALL_DIR/RunTimeAppliance/shell

      	cd /usr/local/OSA/RunTimeAppliance/shell
  • Edit file and set configuration variables according to your system.

      By default just following changes are required:
      	APACHE_ADMIN_MAIL: system administor mail (for information, no email send)
      	ROOT_MYSQL_PW: password for mysql "roor" user (if using mysql)
      	APPLIANCE_MYSQL_PW: whished password for mysql user created to allow application to connect mysql on application database  (if using mysql)
      	APPLIANCE_ADMIN_PW: "admin" appliaction user whished password
      	USE_HTTP: publish (or not) service with HTTP
      	USE_HTTPS: publish (or not) service with HTTPS
      and (end of file)
      	INSTALL_DIR: application  location
      	LOG_DIR: application logs location
  • and then start configuration by issuing the following command


If at the end of execution the message "OSA Configuration done, exiting..." appears, OSA is correctly installed!

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to use standard ports for HTTP and HTTPS nodes (i.e 80 and 443 instead of 81 and 8443), first disable standard apache configuration:

  • disable default virtual hosts

      a2dissite 000-default default-ssl
  • edit /etc/apache2/ports.conf and comment all Listen directives relative to port 80 and 443

IMPORTANT NOTE #2: If at first connection on admin console the following appears

	An error has occurred

		Error code:	-1
		Error label:	Unable to connect database

It's probably because my sql server didn't restart properly after install. In such a case, issue the following:

	service mysql restart

Docker (Unbuntu or Raspbian)

Instead of installaling on a box, you can also run OSA as a docker container.

Build an OSA Image

wget -O; bash ./ [-rdbms mysql|sqlite]

Where parameters are:

  • -rdbms (optional): when set, must be followed by either mysql or sqlite

Run OSA container

Due to the fact that OSA can create Listening port (nodes), it's better to bind OSA container to host network. Using port mapping will limit the accessibility of created node in the container. (refer to docker documentation if you want to use it anyway)

docker run --name OSA -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -p 6443:6443 -d osa:mysql-VERSION -pwd:admin-passwd -domain:dns-domain
docker run --name OSA -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -p 6443:6443 -d osa:sqlite-VERSION -pwd:admin-passwd -domain:dns-domain

Where parameters are:

  • -pwd:admin-password OSA admin password to set

  • -domain:dns-domain (optional): your FQDN (Ex: In addition you can add:

  • -addon:AdnnName to enable an addon Ex: -addon:OSA-Letsencryt -addon:OSA-VirtualBackend

    docker run --name OSA -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -p 6443:6443 -d osa:mysql-VERSION -pwd:admin-passwd -domain:dns-domain -addon:OSA-Letsencrypt -addon:OSA-VirtualBackend

IMPORTANT NOTE: -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -p 6443:6443 options assume that ports 80, 443 and 6443 are not used on host running the container. It also assume that you will not create nodes (aka VirtualHosts) listening on other ports. In such a case, also map thos ports or run with --net=host option.

Persistent data accross containers and updates

The best way to upgrade OSA when running docker a container is to re-buil an image and then to re-create a container from this new image. But by doing this directly without any additionnal docker configuration, you will loose all your OSA configurations. To avoid this, you need to map some container directories to the host.

Directory mapping for sqlite version

For the sqlite version, you need to map two directories:

  • /etc/ApplianceManager/conf.ref: OSA configuration files
  • /usr/local/OSA/sql/sqlite/data: sqlite datafile

Ex: -v HOST-DIR-OSA-CONFIG:/etc/ApplianceManager/conf.ref -v HOST-DIR-SQLITE-DATA:/usr/local/OSA/sql/sqlite/data

mkdir -p /etc/OSA
mkdir -p /var/lib/OSA
docker run --name OSA -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -p 6443:6443 -v /etc/OSA:/etc/ApplianceManager/conf.ref -v /var/lib/OSA:/usr/local/OSA/sql/sqlite/data -d osa:sqlite-VERSION -pwd:admin-passwd

Directory mapping for mysql version

For the sqlite version, yopu need to map two directories:

  • /etc/ApplianceManager/conf.ref: OSA configuration file
  • /var/lib/mysql: MySQL datafile

But, due to the fact that docker image contains some pre-created MySQL structures, before the first time you run a container, you need to get MySQL data from OSA image and deploy it to the host:

mkdir -p /etc/OSA
mkdir -p /var/lib/OSA
cd /var/lib/OSA
wget -O && sh osa:mysql-VERSION && rm
tar xvzf mysql.tgz && rm mysql.tgz

Then, and for all next runs, you may start a container with proper "-v" params: Ex: -v HOST-DIR-OSA-CONFIG:/etc/ApplianceManager/conf.ref -v HOST-DIR-MYSQL-DATA:/var/lib/mysql

docker run --name OSA -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -p 6443:6443 -v /etc/OSA:/etc/ApplianceManager/conf.ref -v /var/lib/OSA:/var/lib/mysql -d osa:mysql-VERSION -pwd:admin-passwd


NOTE: This update method is only valid for an installation manually done (i.e. not docker). In reality it can be applied within a running OSA container but it wil not affect the base image. To update OSA with docker, please referer to the docker section.

To deploy a new version of OSA from github do the following

  1. If you whant to keep your DB contents: ensure that KEEP_DB environnement variable is set to 1 in INSTALL_DIR/RunTimeAppliance/shell. You don't have to check that point on next updates unless you want a factory reset.

  2. start "" from the folder where initial checkout was done

    	cd OSA

##Trouble shooting If after using additional apache directives (on service or node) OSA doesn't answer it's probably because apache configuration is corrupted due to invalid directives. To fix it:

  • go to apache available and enabled sites configuration folder and remove all osa-node files (DO NOT REMOVE osa* but only osa-node*)

      cd /etc/apache2/sites-available
      rm osa-node*
      cd /etc/apache2/sites-enabled
      rm osa-node*
  • restart apache

      service apache2 restart
  • reconnect OSA admin console and fix invalid configuration (service or node)