OpenAthens LA support ended on 31 March 2020


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Before installing the OpenAthens LA admin console you should consider the following to ensure a swift and easy installation process. You may also want to check for any known issues or basebuild updates.

Sub-domains and DNS

This is optional for the admin console as it can happily be accessed within your network by IP address and should not be available outside of your network.

System requirements

Our pre-built virtual machine images ship with typical system requirements. You should not need to increase them to run the admin console, but should you wish to, it is often easier to do so at installation time.

Operating System requirements

If you intend to use your own servers to run OpenAthens LA:

The runtime server and administration console are available as 32bit binaries for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and its derivatives (e.g. CentOS). They have not yet been officially tested on RHEL / CentOS 7.

The administration console server is built on Java so is additionally available as a Windows installer for Server 2008 and later (can also run on Vista and later desktops).

Browser requirements

Whilst we do not actively test with anything but the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and the last couple of versions of Internet Explorer, any modern browser that has javascript enabled should be ok. Some elements of the admin console use Flash.


These are optional for the admin console as it will only be accessed internally.


Our pre-built images already have all the required ports open but your network will still need to be configured to pass traffic to and from them. 

Ports used by the administration console:

  • 80, 443 (login pages, metadata)
  • 389, 3268 (LDAP / ActiveDirectory)
  • 22 (SSH access & publishing configurations from the administration console)
  • 5051 (statistics reporting to the administration console)
  • 123 (NTP)

Network diagram

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