Install Bitbucket Server on Linux

This page describes how to install Bitbucket Server in a production environment, with an external database, using the Linux installer.

This is the most straightforward way to get your production site up and running on a Linux server.

Other ways to install Bitbucket Server: 

  • Evaluation - get your free trial up and running in no time.
  • TAR.GZ – install Bitbucket Server manually from an archive file. 
  • Windows - install Bitbucket Server on a Windows server.

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Before you begin

Before you install Bitbucket Server, there are a few questions you need to answer. 

Are you using a supported operating system?
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Check the Supported Platforms page for the version of Bitbucket Server you are installing. This will give you info on supported operating systems, databases and browsers.

Good to know:

  • We don't support installing Bitbucket Server on macOS for production sites.
  • The Bitbucket Server installer includes Java (JRE) and Tomcat, so you don't need to install these separately.
Do you want to run Bitbucket Server as a service?
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Running Bitbucket Server as a service means that Bitbucket Server will automatically start up when Windows is started.

If you choose to run Bitbucket Server as a service:

  • You must use sudo to run the installer to be able to install Bitbucket Server as a service.
  • The installer will create a dedicated user account, atlbitbucket, that will run the service.

If you choose not to run Bitbucket Server as a service:

  • You will start and stop Bitbucket Server by running the file in your Bitbucket Server installation directory.
  • Bitbucket Server will be run as the user account that was used to install Bitbucket Server, or you can choose to run as a dedicated user.
  • Bitbucket Server will need to be restarted manually if your server is restarted.

For more information about these options, see the pages:

Bitbucket uses ports 7990, 7992, and 7993 by default, are they available?
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Port 7990: Bitbucket runs on port 7990 by default. If this port is already in use, see Change the port Bitbucket listens on for more guidance on changing this.

Ports 7992 and 7993: Bitbucket Server's bundled Elasticsearch instance, which is required for search functionality, requires ports 7992 and 7993 be available. This is not configurable, so ensure these ports are available.

Is your database set up and ready to use?
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To run Bitbucket in production you'll need an external database. Check the Supported platforms page for the version you're installing for the list of databases we currently support.

Good to know:

Do you have a Bitbucket Server license?

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You'll need a valid license to use Bitbucket Server.

Good to know:

  • If you don't have a license you can create an evaluation license during setup, and be sure to use your business email address.
  • If you already have a license key you'll be prompted to log in to to retrieve it, or you can enter the key manually during setup.
  • If you're migrating from Bitbucket Cloud (, you'll need a new license.

Do you have Git and Perl installed and on the right version?
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Bitbucket Server requires Git on the machine that will run Bitbucket Server. If you need to check, install, or upgrade Git on the Bitbucket Server instance machine, see Installing and upgrading Git.

Do not upgrade Git to the latest version until you check the Supported Platforms page for which version of Git is currently supported.

Check that you have all the other system requirements, including Perl, to avoid any trouble.

Install Bitbucket Server

1. Download Bitbucket Server

Download the installer -

2. Run the installer

  1. Make the installer executable.

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    Change to the directory where you downloaded Bitbucket Server then execute this command:

    chmod +x atlassian-bitbucket-x.x.x-x64.bin

    Where X.X.X is is the Bitbucket Server version you downloaded.

  2. Run the installer – we recommend using sudo to run the installer as this will create a dedicated account to run Bitbucket Server and allow you to run Bitbucket Server as a service.

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    To use sudo to run the installer execute this command: 

    $ sudo ./atlassian-bitbucket-x.x.x-x64.bin

    Where X.X.X is is the Bitbucket Server version you downloaded.

    You can also run the installer with root user privileges.

  3. Follow the prompts to install Bitbucket. You'll be asked for the following info:
    1. Type of Bitbucket instance - the type of installation, for these instructions select Standard.
    2. Installation directory - where Bitbucket will be installed.
    3. Home directory - where Bitbucket application data will be stored.
    4. TCP ports - the HTTP connector port and control port Bitbucket will run on.
  4. Once the installer completes, head to http://localhost:7990 in your browser to begin the setup process.

Set up Bitbucket

The Setup Wizard runs automatically when you visit Bitbucket Server in your browser the first time it's started. For details on how the Bitbucket Server Setup Wizard can be completed automatically, see Automated setup for Bitbucket.

3. Connect to your database 

  1. If you've not already done so, it's time to create your database. See the 'Before you begin' section of this page for details. 

Select External as your database, then choose a Database Type from the dropdown menu and enter the details of your database.

If you plan to use MySQL, there's an extra step...

The JDBC drivers for MySQL / MariaDB are not bundled with Bitbucket Server (due to licensing restrictions), so you need download and install the driver.

  1. Download the MySQL Connector/J JDBC driver from the download site.
  2. Expand the downloaded zip/tar.gz file.
  3. Copy the .jar file from the extracted directory to your <Bitbucket home directory>/lib directory.
  4. Restart Bitbucket server.

Also see Connecting Bitbucket Server to MySQL.

4. Add your license key

Follow the prompts to log in to to retrieve your license, or enter a license key.

You can also set the base URL at this step, (you can elect to do this later).

5. Create your administrator account

  1. Enter details for the administrator account.
  2. Select either Go to Bitbucket to go straight to the Bitbucket interface or Integrate with Jira to create your connection with an existing Jira application. 

    Tell me more...

    You can also select to use a Jira application as your user database during this step. See the page Configuring Jira integration in the Setup Wizard for details. You can also do this later.

6. Start using Bitbucket Server

That's it! Your Bitbucket site is accessible from a URL like this: http://<computer_name_or_IP_address>:<port>

What's next?

When setting up Bitbucket in a production environment, we recommend that you configure these aspects next:

Read more about setting up Bitbucket for an enterprise here: Using Bitbucket in the enterprise.

Last modified on May 12, 2021

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