This installation guide for Cawemo Enterprise On-Premises 1.9 is targeting:
- users who want to install Cawemo on their local computer for testing or demo purposes (see Demo Setup)
- system administrators who want to install Cawemo on their own IT infrastructure or private cloud for production use (see Production Setup)
For both cases please make sure to go through the Prerequisites section first.
If you upgrade an existing installation of Cawemo, please follow the update & migration guide.
Get an Enterprise License
This version of Cawemo is exclusively available for Camunda Enterprise customers and requires a separately sold license. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial of the Camunda Enterprise Platform, which includes Cawemo.
Install Docker with Docker Compose
Log In to Camunda Docker Registry
The Cawemo Docker images are hosted on our dedicated Docker registry and are available to Enterprise customers only. You need to log in to the registry once from the computer (or server) you will be running Cawemo on, so that the Docker images can be pulled subsequently. Please use the credentials you received from Camunda to log in:
$ docker login registry.camunda.cloud Username: your_username Password: ****** Login Succeeded
Download cawemo-1.9.5.zip or cawemo-1.9.5.tar.gz
and unzip the contents into a local directory on your computer or a directory on the server (depending on the use case).
Please refer to the included
README.txt for a description of the different files included in the archive.
Provide the License Key
Replace the contents of
configuration/license-key.txt with the (trial) license key you received from Camunda.
Supported Operating Systems
Currently, the easy demo setup (as described below) is only available on Linux and macOS. On Windows, a few manual steps will be required to get Cawemo up and running. For more details please refer to Installation on Windows.
We ship a ready-to-use configuration – which already includes a PostgreSQL database and MailHog as SMTP server – that can be used to run Cawemo in a demo setup on your local computer. No manual configuration changes or other external applications are required.
Just run the startup script without any arguments:
The script will wait until all Docker containers have been successfully started. Once it has finished, point your web browser to http://localhost:8080 to verify that the application is running.
Set Up the Infrastructure
In addition to the components that ship with Cawemo, a few external systems are required for running it, which need to be set up separately.
- Server with Linux operating system on
- PostgreSQL – supported versions: 10, 11, 12, 13 (newer versions may work as well)
- Postgres is used as persistent storage for all Cawemo data (e.g. BPMN workflows, comments etc.) as well as Camunda Account data.
- Please set up two separate databases for Cawemo and Camunda Account.
- If you’re using a Postgres version older than 13 or manually marked the
citextextension as not trusted, Cawemo’s database user must be granted the
superuserprivilege. The privilege can be revoked again after the first start of Cawemo.
- SMTP server
- Both Cawemo and Camunda Account require an SMTP server to send e-mails to the users (e.g. when a new user is invited to join Cawemo).
Update the Configuration File
Adjust the values in
configuration/.env.production according to your own setup. Please refer to the
Configuration page for a description of the different settings.
If you’d like to enable the LDAP integration of Camunda Account, please refer to LDAP Support.
Configure Your Network
In order to enable users to access Cawemo via their web browsers, please configure your network infrastructure as follows (e.g. by using some kind of reverse proxy server):
IAM_BASE_URLspecified in the
.env.productionfile must be accessible by web browsers via HTTPS with certificate validation.
- The default configuration enforces the use of HTTPS.
You can change this by setting
SERVER_HTTPS_ONLY=false, but we do not recommend doing this in a production environment.
- The default configuration enforces the use of HTTPS. You can change this by setting
- The traffic for Cawemo (from
SERVER_URL) has to be proxied to the
- The traffic for Camunda Account (from
IAM_BASE_URL) has to be proxied to the
- The reverse proxy must support WebSockets and allow web browsers to connect to the
BROWSER_WEBSOCKET_PORTwith TLS and certificate validation enabled.
- The default configuration enforces the use of TLS for WebSocket connections.
You can change this by setting
BROWSER_WEBSOCKET_FORCETLS=false, but we do not recommend doing this in a production environment.
- The default configuration enforces the use of TLS for WebSocket connections. You can change this by setting
- The WebSockets traffic (from
BROWSER_WEBSOCKET_HOST) has to be proxied to the
Please also ensure that Cawemo and Camunda Account can correctly access the PostgreSQL database and the SMTP server.
For an example on how to configure Cawemo using a reverse proxy server with SSL support please refer to Reverse Proxy Configuration.
Run the startup script with the additional argument
The script will wait until all Docker containers have been successfully started. Once it has finished, point your web
browser to the URL you specified in
SERVER_URL to verify that the application is running.
Configure Admin User
When LDAP Is Disabled
For the initial setup of Cawemo and to add more users, you need to create an admin user. When you open Cawemo for the first time, you will see an Admin Setup page. Please enter your e-mail address there and continue with the sign-up.
Once the admin user has been created, you will be able to invite more users to Cawemo. To do so, please open the Settings page from the user menu and click on Manage members.
Make sure that your SMTP server is up and running so that the users will receive invitations via email.
When LDAP Is Enabled
The first user that logs into Cawemo with their LDAP credentials acts as admin user. Subsequent users that log in are added as collaborators of the admin’s organization.