Installing Panto

To install Panto, first make sure you have installed all of the prerequisites, then download and install the application using your preferred method.

⚠️ Note: all commands prepended with a # prompt might need to be run as root or using sudo. The commands started with a $ prompt could be run as any unprivileged user, except stated otherwise.


Panto uses InfluxDB to store results from Probes. Ensure you have a running instance of InfluxDB reachable by Panto.

Panto uses Caddy to serve the web client. Download and install Caddy from the official website to deploy the web client.

Panto environment

The recommended setup is to run Panto as a dedicated non privileged user. Create this user and setup the home directory for Panto:

[root]# groupadd panto
[root]# useradd -g panto -d /opt/panto -m -s /bin/false panto

Assuming default locations, it is also recommended to create the main directories Panto will need:

[root]# mkdir -p /var/lib/panto /var/log/panto /etc/panto
[root]# chown -R panto:panto /var/lib/panto /var/log/panto /etc/panto

Get Panto

Linux packages

panto and panto-agent are built for debian distribution. If you run stretch version of Debian, you can use our apt repository.

First, setup our repository as an apt source:

$ wget -qO- | sudo apt-key add -
$ echo "deb stretch main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/panto.list
$ sudo apt update

Then, just install the package(s):

$ sudo apt install panto
$ sudo apt install panto-agent

Now check the configuration files (see /etc/panto folder, and review the *.yaml files). Once done, you can start the application(s):

$ sudo service panto
$ sudo service panto-agent

Manual installation

Download binaries

Download the release from the releases page. Official binary distributions are only available for Linux 4.9 and later on x86_64. For other platforms, you will have to build from source.

After downloading the archive, extract it to a destination path. For example, using /opt/panto:

[panto]$ tar -C /opt/panto -xzf panto-$(VERSION)-$(OS)_$(ARCH).tar.gz
[panto]$ ln -sf /opt/panto/panto-$(VERSION)-$(OS)_$(ARCH)/* /opt/panto/

⚠️ These commands should be run as panto, the dedicated Panto user, who will run the server/agent.

Setup systemd

The convenient way to run Panto is to integrate it in systemd. Assuming default locations, this systemd unit file should do. Copy it to /etc/systemd/system/panto.service and adapt the values.

systemd needs to be reloaded:

[root]# chmod 664 /etc/systemd/system/panto.service
[root]# systemctl daemon-reload

And you need to enable the unit, to auto-start it on reboot:

[root]# systemctl enable panto

The Panto daemon can now be controled as any other systemd service:

[root]# systemctl status panto
[root]# systemctl start panto
[root]# systemctl stop panto

This can be adapted to run the panto-agent daemon.

Setup init script

For init users, the convenient way to run panto-agent is to integrate it in initd. Assuming default locations, this initd script should do. Copy it to /etc/init.d/panto-agent and adapt the values.

initd needs to be reloaded:

[root]# chmod 755 /etc/init.d/panto-agent
[root]# update-rc.d panto-agent defaults

The panto-agent daemon can now be controled as any other initd script:

[root]# service panto-agent start
[root]# service panto-agent status
[root]# service panto-agent stop

This can be adapted to run the panto daemon.

Build from source

For a detailed walkthrough, see the developer documentation.


The panto-ctl tool can be used to initialize your server environment and configuration file before running Panto for the first time. Type:

[panto]$ panto-ctl init

⚠️ This command should be run as panto, the dedicated Panto user, who will run the server/agent.

A command-line dialog will guide you through the steps of initializing your installation, setting up the database, and configuring the server. See the panto-ctl documentation for more details.

⚠️ This step has already been performed on the Docker images. Use panto-ctl only if you wish to reinitialize your Panto environment.


The Panto server can be run using Docker containers. See Docker for more information about containers.

⚠️ Running Panto in Docker stores all your data to the containers. Destroying the containers will delete your data. Make sure to save all your data before destroying the containers, or use Docker volumes.

Docker image

A Docker image is available from the official Panto registry on GitLab. To download and run the image, type:

$ docker run -p 7575:7575 -p 7576:7576 -p 8080:8080

This will pull a pre-built docker image from the registry, and will run it, exposing ports for the API and web client.