OME deployment tools

This section describes deployment tools supported by the OME team. It is primarily designed for the core OME developers who want to bring new or upgrade existing prerequisites. The following steps explain the connections between basic repositories and the testing workflow.


This section requires a brief understanding of Ansible and Docker engine

Prerequisites locations

The list of OME prerequisites is stored in multiple git repositories, each of which is available from several locations.

OME Infrastructure

Infrastructure is provided to simplify deployment using Ansible.

The Infrastructure repository is available from:

Roles repositories are available in:


OMERO installation scripts are provided to help new users with installing OMERO.server for the first time on a clean system, and can be used as the basis for more advanced configurations.

The OMERO-install repository is available from:

The OMEROWEB-install repository is available from:

Testing workflow

The testing environment is split into two tiers: developer and production testing platform.

Devspace - Continuous Integration (Dev Testing)

Continuous integration tools managed by Jenkins CI providing an automation framework that runs repeated jobs. The default deployment initializes a Jenkins CI master with a predefined set of jobs.

The Devspace repository is available from:

Devspace Dockerfiles uses common devslave image. The Devslave repository is available from:

CI-master - Continuous Delivery (Production)

Production Continuous Delivery (CD) platform managed by Jenkins. More details about CI-master available on Continuous integration

How to add new/upgrade/remove old prerequisites

When the OME platform requires a new set of prerequisites all the above listed repositories may require updates. Depends on the nature of packages developers must consider:

  • infrastructure repository:

  • adding new scripts installing appropriate package and its dependencies to OMERO-install or OMEROWEB-install, that includes:

    • updating Linux and Mac installation scripts

    • updating documentation autogen

  • deploying Devspace to test OMERO-install scripts, that includes:

    • adding new Docker container if requires to support additional processes

    • adjusting predefined Jenkins jobs

After successful testing new prerequisites can be proposed as a permanent adjustment to production CD.


Any Python module that is distributed from Linux distro packages must be installed from RPM file. Python modules only available on PyPI should be added as PIP requirement.

Pre release testing

It is also very important to test all the dependencies before release to make sure sysadmin instructions are fully tested. The easiest way to test is to use Devspace.


This example shows how to test and upgrade OMERO dependencies.

  1. Open a PR against omero-install (e.g. install Pillow from RPM

  2. Upgrade base docker image using (e.g. and open a PR against devslave-c7-docker.

    Run Latest merge image will be released to Docker Hub. For more details about configuring automated builds on Docker Hub, see

  3. Update devspace to use newly released container (e.g.

  4. Commit and push your changes to github (e.g., set your branch in devspace ansible config and deploy.

If all tests are passing, above repositories should be tagged and tag should be propagated accordingly.


We are working very hard to improve and simplify that process.