Installing FogLAMP

FogLAMP is extremely lightweight and can run on inexpensive edge devices, sensors and actuator boards. For the purposes of this manual, we assume that all services are running on a Raspberry Pi running the Bullseye operating system. Be sure your system has plenty of storage available for data readings.

If your system does not have a supported version of the Raspberry Pi Operating System pre-installed, you can find instructions on downloading and installing it at After installing a supported operating system, ensure you have the latest updates by executing the following commands on your FogLAMP server:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get update

You can obtain FogLAMP in two ways:

  • Dianomic Systems hosts a package repository that allows the FogLAMP packages to be loaded using the system package manage. This is the recommended method for long term use of FogLAMP as it gives access to all the FogLAMP plugins and provides a route for easy upgrade of the FogLAMP packages. This also has the advantages that once the repository is configured you are able to install new plugins directly from the FogLAMP user interface without the need to resort to the Linux command line.

  • Dianomic Systems offers pre-built, certified binaries of FogLAMP for Debian using either Intel or ARM architectures. This is perhaps the simplest method for users not used to Linux. You can download the complete set of packages from

In general, FogLAMP installation will require the following packages:

  • FogLAMP core

  • FogLAMP user interface

  • One or more FogLAMP South services

  • One or more FogLAMP North service (OSI PI and OCS north services are included in FogLAMP core)

Using the package repository to install FogLAMP

If you choose to use the Dianomic Systems package repository to install the packages you will need to follow the steps outlined below for the particular platform you are using.

Ubuntu or Debian

On a Ubuntu or Debian system, including the Raspberry Pi, the package manager that is supported is apt. You will need to add the Dianomic Systems archive server into the configuration of apt on your system. The first thing that most be done is to add the key that is used to verify the package repository. To do this run the command

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Once complete you can add the repository itself into the apt configuration file /etc/apt/sources.list. The simplest way to do this is the use the add-apt-repository command. The exact command will vary between systems;

  • Raspberry Pi does not have an apt-add-repository command, the user must edit the apt sources file manually

    sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

    and add the line

    deb /

    to the end of the file.


    Replace bullseye with the name of the version of the Raspberry Operating System you have installed.

  • Users with an Intel or AMD system with Ubuntu 18.04 should run

    sudo add-apt-repository "deb / "
  • Users with an Intel or AMD system with Ubuntu 20.04 should run

    sudo add-apt-repository "deb / "
  • Users with an Arm system with Ubuntu 18.04, such as the Odroid board, should run

    sudo add-apt-repository "deb / "
  • Users of the Mendel operating system on a Google Coral create the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/foglamp.list and insert the following content

    deb /

Once the repository has been added you must inform the package manager to go and fetch a list of the packages it supports. To do this run the command

sudo apt -y update

You are now ready to install the FogLAMP packages. You do this by running the command

sudo apt -y install *package*

You may also install multiple packages in a single command. To install the base foglamp package, the foglamp user interface and the sinusoid south plugin run the command

sudo DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt -y install foglamp foglamp-gui foglamp-south-sinusoid

Installing FogLAMP downloaded packages

Assuming you have downloaded the packages from the download link given above. Use SSH to login to the system that will host FogLAMP services. For each FogLAMP package that you choose to install, type the following command

sudo apt -y install <filename>


The downloaded files are named using the package name and the current version of the software. Therefore these names will change over time as new versions are released. At the time of writing the version of the FogLAMP package is 2.3.0, therefore the package filename is foglamp_2.3.0_x86_64.deb on the X86 64bit platform. As a result the filenames shown in the following examples may differ from the names of the files you have downloaded.

The key packages to install are the FogLAMP core and the FogLAMP Graphical User Interface

sudo DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt -y install ./foglamp_2.3.0_x86_64.deb
sudo apt -y install ./foglamp-gui_2.3.0.deb

You will need to install one of more South plugins to acquire data. You can either do this now or when you are adding the data source. For example, to install the plugin for the Sense HAT sensor board, type

sudo apt -y install ./foglamp-south-sensehat_2.3.0_armv7l.deb


In this case we are showing the name for a package on the Raspberry Pi platform. The sensehat plugin is not supported on all platforms as it requires Raspberry Pi specific hardware connections.

You may also need to install one or more North plugins to transmit data. Support for OSIsoft PI and OCS are included with the FogLAMP core package, so you don’t need to install anything more if you are sending data to only these systems.

Firewall Configuration

If you are installing packages within a fire walled environment you will need to open a number of locations for outgoing connections. This will vary depending upon how you install the packages.

If you are downloading or installing packages on the fire walled machine, that machine will need to access to be able to pull the FogLAMP packages. This will use the standard HTTP port, port 80.

It is also recommended that you allow the machine to access the source of packages for your Linux installation. This allows you to keep the machine updated with important patches and also for the installation of any Linux packages that are required by FogLAMP or the plugins that you load.

As part of the installation of the Python components of FogLAMP a number of Python packages are installed using the pip utility. In order to allow this you need to open access to a set of locations that pip will pull packages from. The set of locations required is




In all cases the standard HTTPS port, 443, is used for communication and is the only port that needs to be opened.


If you download packages on a different machine and copy them to your machine behind the fire wall you must still open the access for pip to the Python package locations.

Checking package installation

To check what packages have been installed, ssh into your host system and use the dpkg command:

dpkg -l | grep 'foglamp'

Run with PostgreSQL

To start FogLAMP with PostgreSQL, first you need to install the PostgreSQL package explicitly. See the below links for setup

For Debian Platform

For Red Hat Platform

Also you need to change the value of Storage plugin. See Configure Storage Plugin from GUI or with below curl command

$ curl -sX PUT localhost:8081/foglamp/category/Storage/plugin -d '{"value": "postgres"}'
  "description": "The main storage plugin to load",
  "type": "string",
  "order": "1",
  "displayName": "Storage Plugin",
  "default": "sqlite",
  "value": "postgres"

Now, it’s time to restart FogLAMP. Thereafter you will see FogLAMP is running with PostgreSQL.

Using Docker Containerizer to install FogLAMP

FogLAMP Docker containers are provided in a private repository. This repository has no authentication or encryption associated with it.

The following steps describe how to install FogLAMP using these containers:

  • Edit the daemon.json file, whose default location is /etc/docker/daemon.json on Linux, If the daemon.json file does not exist, create it. Assuming there are no other settings in the file, it should have the following contents:

{ "insecure-registries":[""] }
  • Restart Docker for the changes to take effect

sudo systemctl restart docker.service
  • Check using command

docker info

You should see the following output:

Insecure Registries:

You may also refer to the Docker documentation here.

Ubuntu 20.04

  • To pull the Docker registry

docker pull
  • To run the Docker container

docker run -d --name foglamp -p 8081:8081 -p 1995:1995 -p 8082:80

Here, The GUI is forwarded to port 8082 on the host machine, it can be any port and omitted if port 80 is free.

  • It is possible to check if FogLAMP and the FogLAMP GUI are running by using the following commands on the host machine


curl -sX GET http://localhost:8081/foglamp/ping


  • To attach to the running container

docker exec -it foglamp bash


For Ubuntu 18.04 setup, you just need to replace ubuntu2004 with ubuntu1804. Images are currently only available for Ubuntu version 18.04 and 20.04.