Linux Installation Guide

Note: The Linux client can run perfectly well without being installed first—if you wish to use sdm in this way, check out the Running Without Installation section below.

  1. You should have received an email inviting you to your strongDM account. Open the invitation email and click the enclosed link to set your password.

  2. After logging in, open a terminal and execute the following command: $ curl -J -O -L

  3. Unzip the file: $ unzip sdmcli_<VERSION_NUMBER>

  4. Follow instructions provided by the install command (must be executed using sudo): $ sudo ./sdm install

    Note: The installer must be run by a user that exists in the /etc/passwd file. Any users remotely authenticated, such as with LDAP or an SSO service, may fail to complete the installation.

    Note: If you are installing with Fedora Linux, use the -E flag to preserve the user environment. This is necessary due to the way Fedora handles sudo.

    Important If you are attempting to set up a relay, see the relay guide.

  5. Proceed to the CLI guide to learn how to connect to datasources and servers.

  6. If any errors occur or if the installation fails in any way, please contact for assistance.

Running Without Installation

Once you’ve downloaded and unzipped the Linux client (step 3 above), some commands can be run with no installation needed. To run audit or admin commands, you can provide an admin token in the SDM_ADMIN_TOKEN environment variable. Connecting to datasources or servers, however, requires a running SDM daemon so it is suggested to install using the above steps.

$ curl -J -O -L
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100   128  100   128    0     0    384      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--   384
100 6733k  100 6733k    0     0  2896k      0  0:00:02  0:00:02 --:--:-- 3435k
curl: Saved to filename ''
$ unzip
  inflating: sdm
$ export SDM_ADMIN_TOKEN=<token here>
$ ./sdm audit users
User ID,Email,First Name,Last Name,Role ID,strongDM Permission,Role Name