System Requirements

Routinator has minimal system requirements. When choosing a system, make sure you have 1GB of available memory and 4GB of disk space for the application. This will give you ample margin for the RPKI repositories to grow over time, as adoption increases. A powerful CPU is not required.

As new RPKI repositories can emerge in any IP address range and on any domain name, outbound traffic must not be blocked based on IP or DNS in any way. Routinator only needs to establish outbound connections via HTTPS and rsync, on ports 443 and 873, respectively.

Quick Start

New in version 0.9: RPM packages

Getting started with Routinator is really easy by either installing a binary package for Debian and Ubuntu or for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS. You can also run with Docker or build from Cargo, Rust’s build system and package manager.

If you have a machine with an amd64/x86_64 architecture running a recent Debian or Ubuntu distribution, you can install Routinator from our software package repository.

To use this repository, add the line below that corresponds to your operating system to your /etc/apt/sources.list or /etc/apt/sources.list.d/:

deb [arch=amd64] stretch main
deb [arch=amd64] buster main
deb [arch=amd64] bullseye main
deb [arch=amd64] xenial main
deb [arch=amd64] bionic main
deb [arch=amd64] focal main

Then run the following commands to add the public key and update the repository list:

wget -qO- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt update

You can then install, initialise, enable and start Routinator by running these commands. Note that routinator-init is slightly different than the command used with Cargo:

sudo apt install routinator
sudo routinator-init
# Follow instructions provided
sudo systemctl enable --now routinator

By default, Routinator will start the RTR server on port 3323 and the HTTP server on port 8323. These, and other values can be changed in the configuration file located in /etc/routinator/routinator.conf.

You can check the status of Routinator with:

sudo systemctl status routinator

You can view the logs with:

sudo journalctl --unit=routinator


To update an existing Routinator installation, first update the repository using:

sudo apt update

You can use this command to get an overview of the available versions:

sudo apt policy routinator

You can upgrade an existing Routinator installation to the latest version using:

sudo apt --only-upgrade install routinator

Installing Specific Versions

Before every new release of Routinator, one or more release candidates are provided for testing through every installation method. You can also install a specific version, if needed.

To install release candidates of Routinator, add the line below that corresponds to your operating system to your /etc/apt/sources.list or /etc/apt/sources.list.d/:

deb [arch=amd64] stretch-proposed main
deb [arch=amd64] buster-proposed main
deb [arch=amd64] bullseye-proposed main
deb [arch=amd64] xenial-proposed main
deb [arch=amd64] bionic-proposed main
deb [arch=amd64] focal-proposed main

You can use this command to get an overview of the available versions:

sudo apt policy routinator

You can install a specific version using <package name>=<version>, e.g.:

sudo apt install routinator=0.9.0~rc2-1buster

Installing From Source

There are three things you need to install and run Routinator: rsync, a C toolchain and Rust. You can install Routinator on any system where you can fulfil these requirements.

You need rsync because some RPKI repositories still use it as its main means of distribution. Some of the cryptographic primitives used by Routinator require a C toolchain. Lastly, you need Rust because that’s the programming language that Routinator has been written in.


Currently, Routinator requires the rsync executable to be in your path. Due to the nature of rsync, it is unclear which particular version you need at the very least, but whatever is being shipped with current Linux and *BSD distributions, as well as macOS should be fine. Alternatively, you can download rsync from the Samba website.

On Windows, Routinator requires the rsync version that comes with Cygwin – make sure to select rsync during the installation phase.

C Toolchain

Some of the libraries Routinator depends on require a C toolchain to be present. Your system probably has some easy way to install the minimum set of packages to build from C sources. For example, this command will install everything you need on Debian/Ubuntu:

apt install build-essential

If you are unsure, try to run cc on a command line. If there is a complaint about missing input files, you are probably good to go.


The Rust compiler runs on, and compiles to, a great number of platforms, though not all of them are equally supported. The official Rust Platform Support page provides an overview of the various support levels.

While some system distributions include Rust as system packages, Routinator relies on a relatively new version of Rust, currently 1.47 or newer. We therefore suggest to use the canonical Rust installation via a tool called rustup.

To install rustup and Rust, simply do:

curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh

Alternatively, visit the official Rust website for other installation methods.

You can update your Rust installation later by running:

rustup update


The easiest way to get Routinator is to leave it to Cargo by saying:

cargo install --locked routinator

The command will build Routinator and install it in the same directory that Cargo itself lives in, likely $HOME/.cargo/bin. This means Routinator will be in your path, too.


In case you want to build a statically linked Routinator, or you have an Operating System where special care needs to be taken, such as OpenBSD and CentOS 6, please refer to the Installation Notes.