Intended audience: administrators, developers

Debian + Ubuntu

Binary packages are available for Debian based systems in the official repositories. Use apt-get to install them e.g. to install the Tango database and test device server:

$> sudo apt-get install mysql-server\
   sudo apt-get install tango-db tango-test

The above packages install the Tango core C++ libraries, database and TangoTest server. You will also need the Java based tools like jive, astor etc. These are available with the source code installation.

Another option is to install the latest binary Java debian package for Tango 9.2.5 (assuming you have installed Tango 9.2.5) from here:

To install this binary package do the following:

curl -O
sudo dpkg -i ./libtango-java_9.2.5a-1_all.deb

You will then have the Tango Java tools installed in /usr/bin e.g. /usr/bin/jive

You might also want PyTango. Python binaries can be installed from the official repositories

$> apt-get python3-pytango
$> apt-get python-pytango


The following video (by Mohamed Cherif Areour, in French with English sub-titles) shows you how to install Tango on Ubuntu and LinuxMint.


How to test that everything was correctly installed

You have to have “tango-test” been installed and check where is it located (you can use “locate TangoTest” command) and start “test” command.

For example:

/usr/lib/tango/TangoTest test

You should see “Ready to accept request”.

After you may go to Jive and choose the following (see the image below):

TangoTest (it is a server)-> test (it is an instance) -> TangoTest (it is a class) -> sys/tg-test/1 (it is a device)


Right click on the device and choose “Test device”.

You should get a new window with “Attributes” where you should see the values. That means you have done everything correct.