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Install Ubiquiti Unifi Controller on Ubuntu 20.04
# Install Ubiquiti Unifi Controller on Ubuntu 20.04.
# As tested on a fresh install of ubuntu-20.04.1-live-server, August 22nd 2020.
# Thanks to for posting the updated install steps.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install --yes apt-transport-https
echo 'deb stable ubiquiti' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/100-ubnt-unifi.list
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/unifi-repo.gpg
sudo apt update
sudo apt install --yes openjdk-8-jre-headless unifi
sudo apt clean
sudo systemctl status --no-pager --full mongodb.service unifi.service
# Now log into https://unifi_controller_hostname:8443/
## ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
## Previous install steps from when unifi still required mongodb-server <= 3.4.
## unifi has since been updated to work with mongodb-server 3.6. Which is available from the Ubuntu 20.04 main repository.
## ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# sudo apt install --yes ca-certificates apt-transport-https
# echo 'deb stable ubiquiti' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/100-ubnt-unifi.list
# sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv 06E85760C0A52C50
# wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
# echo 'deb xenial/mongodb-org/3.4 multiverse' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.4.list
# sudo apt-mark hold openjdk-11-*
# sudo apt update
# # mongodb 3.4 dependency
# wget -P /tmp
# sudo apt install --yes /tmp/libssl1.0.0_1.0.2n-1ubuntu5.3_amd64.deb
# rm /tmp/libssl1.0.0_1.0.2n-1ubuntu5.3_amd64.deb
# sudo apt install --yes mongodb-org
# sudo apt install --yes unifi
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lamixer commented Jul 20, 2022

Yes, thank you for this! I love Debian, but I wasted over an hour fighting with Debian 11 and mongodb versions and other apt problems; I lost. This just works, I installed at Unifi version 7.1.66. I spun up an Ubuntu 20.04 Linux container in Proxmox, updated and (since I was logged in as root, removed sudo, and I like to type Y so):

apt-get install ca-certificates apt-transport-https wget

echo 'deb stable ubiquiti' | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/100-ubnt-unifi.list

wget -O /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/unifi-repo.gpg

apt update

apt install openjdk-8-jre-headless unifi

Thanks Dave and everyone.

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davecoutts commented Jul 21, 2022

@lamixer you are welcome.

I feel your dependency hell pain.

The software stack versions for unifi are starting to become a problem with newer operating systems.
The issues I have found are,

  • mongodb has been dropped from the stable Debian and Ubuntu repositories.
  • unifi requires mongodb 3.x, which requires libssl1.1, which Ubuntu 22.04 depreciated in favor of libssl3.
  • Debian stable has dropped openjdk 8. unifi dependencies states it can use openjdk 11. Yet unifi fails to run without modifying the openjdk 11 installation.

I do hope Ubiquity is planning to update unifi to make it easier to install on current Linux operating systems.

If you would like to try Debian again I found that the following install steps worked on Debian 10 and 11.

# unifi 7 Debian 10 & 11 installation.
# mongodb installed from 

sudo apt update
sudo apt install --yes gnupg wget haveged

# unifi repository

wget -qO- \
| sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/unifi-archive-keyring.gpg > /dev/null

echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/unifi-archive-keyring.gpg] \ stable ubiquiti" \
| sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/100-ubnt-unifi.list > /dev/null

# mongodb-org repository

wget -qO- \
| sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/mongodb-org-server-3.6-archive-keyring.gpg > /dev/null

echo "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/mongodb-org-server-3.6-archive-keyring.gpg] \ bionic/mongodb-org/3.6 multiverse" \
| sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.6.list > /dev/null

# set JAVA_HOME environment variable for the unifi service

sudo mkdir /etc/systemd/system/unifi.service.d

printf "[Service]\nEnvironment=\"JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64\"\n" \
| sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/unifi.service.d/10-override.conf > /dev/null

# Install openjdk 11

sudo apt update
sudo apt install --yes openjdk-11-jre-headless

# Workaround issue where jsvc expects to find at lib/amd64/server/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/lib/ /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/lib/amd64

# Install and enable mongodb 3.6

sudo apt install --yes mongodb-org-server

sudo systemctl enable mongod.service
sudo systemctl start mongod.service

# Install unifi

sudo apt install --yes unifi
sudo apt clean

# Post installation checks

systemctl status --no-pager --full mongod.service unifi.service

wget --no-check-certificate -qO- https://localhost:8443/status | python3 -m json.tool

sudo journalctl --no-pager --unit unifi.service

sudo cat /usr/lib/unifi/logs/server.log

sudo cat /usr/lib/unifi/logs/mongod.log

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All - thank you for all the comments and discussion here.

With this post and some extra work, I was able to get Unifi working on Ubuntu Jammy on a Raspberry Pi arm64. Especially thanks to @dbosk for pointing to the armhf Unifi repo.

I wrote up a description and ansible role for those wanting a script and explainer of what worked for me.

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what is default admin username and password of mongodb ?

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Off the back of @ficematt using make the process alot easier 👍

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