How to install Factry Historian on Ubuntu 22.04


In this guide, we will follow the complete installation of Factry Historian.


Before you begin this guide you’ll need the following:

  • An Ubuntu 22.04 server with preferably a non-root sudo user
  • The system should follow the system requirements which can be found here

Step 1 - Installing Influx time series database

Let’s start by installing an Influx instance by downloading the .deb file.

You can find how to install the latest version of Influx 1.x here and scroll to the bottom:

Influx download

Open Are you interested in InfluxDB 1.x Open Source and select Ubuntu & Debian for the Platform. The install command will show up and should look similar as in the example below.

Note that the first command downloads the .deb file from the influxdb repo. This will only succeed if your server has access to the internet and to this repo. If this is not the case, you need to download the .deb file on another computer and manually transfer this file to the according ubuntu server.

Install Influx.

sudo dpkg -i influxdb_1.8.10_amd64.deb

Enable and start Influx.

sudo systemctl enable influxdb
sudo systemctl start influxdb

The InfluxDB service should now be enabled and propertly started. Verify that the service is running.

sudo systemctl status influxdb

Verify the InfluxDB shell is installed by opening it using the following command.


Step 2 - Configuring Influx time series database

In this step we configure the Influx time series database.

To create the Influx admin user, first open up the InfluxDB shell.


Inside the Influx shell, create an admin user (replace <password> with your password of choice).


Verify that the user was created.


The output should look like:

user   admin
----   -----
factry true

Next, enable authentication and disable extensive logging in Influx. Exit the Influx shell and open up the InfluxDB configuration file.

sudo nano /etc/influxdb/influxdb.conf

Find the [http] section and set:

  • enabled to true
  • auth-enabled to true
  • flux-enabled to true
  • log-enabled to false
  enabled = true
  auth-enabled = true
  flux-enabled = true
  log-enabled = false

Next, find the [data] section and set.

  • query-log-enabled to false
query-log-enabled = false

Restart Influx to apply the new configuration.

sudo systemctl restart influxdb

Step 3 - Installing Grafana

Next we will install Grafana. Pick your preferred version from the oss (open source software) package list and execute the following commands.
Note that the wget and dpkg command may be different, depending on the version downloaded.

Install Grafana .

sudo apt-get install -y adduser libfontconfig1
sudo dpkg -i grafana_9.1.2_amd64.deb

Start Grafana.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start grafana-server

Check if the service is running.

sudo systemctl status grafana-server

Configure the Grafana server to start automatically on reboots.

sudo systemctl enable grafana-server.service

Step 4 - Installing Postgres

In the last step before installing Factry Historian, Postgres needs to be installed. The historian server needs a running instance of Postgres, with its version at least v11.

Install Postgres.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install postgresql postgresql-contrib

Check if the service is running.

sudo systemctl status postgresql.service

Step 5 - Installing Factry Historian

Now that Influx, Grafana and Postgres are running on our system, Factry Historian can be installed.

First make sure you have the latest version of Factry Historian available on the Ubuntu server. Download the latest version of Factry Historian .

Install using the debian file.

sudo apt install ./factry-historian-server_vx.x.x_linux-x64.deb

The installation will ask if you wish to configure a local postgres database, answer yes. For the other prompts, press enter to keep the default values.

The output should look like the following.

Do you wish to configure a local postgres database?[yn]y
Provide a username to connect to the postgres with. Leave empty for default (factry) value.
Username [factry]:
Using factry as database user.
Provide a password to connect to the postgres with. Leave empty to generate one.
Confirm password:
Provide a databasename for the historian-server. Leave empty for default value.
Database name [factry_historian]:
Using factry_historian as database.
Provide a secret for historian - collector communication. Leave empty to generate one.
Confirm secret:
Appending historian administration credentials to file: /tmp/factry-credentials
Make sure to save the historian credentials and remove the file afterwards
Factry historian administration finished!
### NOT starting on installation, please execute the following statements to configure factry historian to start automatically using systemd
 sudo /bin/systemctl enable factry-historian-server
### You can start factry historian by executing
 sudo /bin/systemctl start factry-historian-server

Save the historian credentials (located in /tmp/factry-credentials) in a secure place and remove the file.

Enable and start the historian server.

sudo /bin/systemctl enable factry-historian-server
sudo /bin/systemctl start factry-historian-server

Check if the service is running.

sudo systemctl status factry-historian-server.service

The output should look like the following.

● factry-historian-server.service - Factry Server for Historian
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/factry-historian-server.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Tue 2022-08-30 12:24:11 UTC; 4s ago
   Main PID: 12050 (factry-historia)
      Tasks: 6 (limit: 2327)
     Memory: 19.3M
        CPU: 141ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/factry-historian-server.service
             └─12050 /opt/factry/factry-historian-server

Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]: {"level":"warning","msg":"No environmental value set for PORT, using default value 8000","tim>
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]:    ____    __
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]:   / __/___/ /  ___
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]:  / _// __/ _ \/ _ \
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]: /___/\__/_//_/\___/ v4.7.2
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]: High performance, minimalist Go web framework
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]:
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]: ____________________________________O/_______
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]:                                     O\
Aug 30 12:24:12 historian-guide factry-historian-server[12050]: ⇨ http server started on [::]:8000

More info about how to configure the historian server service can be found here , but for this tutorial the default values should suffice.

Step 6 - Factry Historian Setup Wizard

Now that everything is installed and running, you are able to login into Factry Historian and complete the setup.

Navigate to <IP of server>:8000, you should see the login screen of Factry Historian. For Name enter factry and for password, the default password .

If the webpage of Factry Historian is not popping up, try replacing the https:// with http:// at the start of the browser url. If this is not working out, open the url in an incognito browser window.

Login screen

Next you are prompted to update your password. Enter a new password and press change password.

Change password screen

The First time opening the historian webpage will open the setup wizard. Here you can configure the internal Influx database, the historian API settings and the Grafana settings.

Press Next.

First time setup welcome

First we will configure the Internal time series database for Factry Historian.

Enter the credentials of the Influx admin user from Step 2 . The Host can stay default unless you have Influx running on a separate server. Create database needs to stay checked unless the _internal_factry database already exists.

First time setup internal database

Next, configure the historian API settings which are used by the collectors to communicate with the historian server. Leave the default values for the GRPC port and the REST port. The Host should be updated to http://<IP of server>. For the Authentication Base URL enter the URL on which the frontend is available.

First time setup API settings

Enter a name en optionally a description for the organization.

First time setup organization settings

Finally, configure the Grafana settings. This is used by Factry Historian to onboard time series datasources in Grafana. Unless you installed Grafana on another server, you can leave the value for the URL to the default setting.

First time setup Grafana settings

To get the Grafana Token, you need to navigate to the Grafana URL and sign in to Grafana .

Once logged in, hover your cursor over Configuration (the gear icon), and click API Keys.

Grafana navigate to API keys

Click New API key to make a new token.

Grafana add new API key

Enter a key name f.e. factry-historian and set the role to admin and click Add.

Grafana create API key

Copy the token.

Grafana copy API key

Paste the token in the Token field of the historian setup wizard and press Next.

We’re done! Click Finish to successfully complete the setup wizard!

First time setup finished

Next steps

We have now successfully setup our Factry Historian installation! A next step would be to configure a time series database and start collecting some data .


Afterwards, set a valid license in Factry Historian to be able to use any of the advanced features like the event module or the collector failover.

In the webpage of Factry Historian. browse to settings > License, and click the green button Copy token to clipboard to retrieve the server fingerprint token.
Navigate to the Factry portal ( ) and update your Factry Historian instance with this server fingerprint token, to receive a license token in return.
If unable to access the Factry portal, notify the Factry support team by sending an email to
Navigate back to the webpage of Factry Historian and browse to settings > License to add the license token by pasting this in the text box on the right, before clicking the green button Activate.

The license warning on top of the webpage of Factry Historian should disappear, meaning you’re now able use the full functionality of Factry Historian up until expiry of the license.