Software Factory 2.7 has been recently released. Software Factory is an easy to deploy software development forge that is deployed at and Software Factory provides, among other features, code review and continuous integration (CI). This new release features Zuul V3 that is, now, the default CI component of Software Factory.

In this blog post I will explain how to deploy a Software Factory instance for testing purposes in less than 30 minutes and initialize two demo repositories to be tested via Zuul.

Note that Zuul V3 is not yet released upstream however it is already in production, acting as the CI system of OpenStack.


Software Factory requires CentOS 7 as its base Operating System so the commands listed below should be executed on a fresh deployment of CentOS 7.

The default FQDN of a Software Factory deployment is In order to be accessible in your browser, must be added to your /etc/hosts with the IP address of your deployment.


First, let's install the repository of the last version then install sf-config, the configuration management tool.

sudo yum install -y
sudo yum install -y sf-config

Activating extra components

Software Factory has a modular architecture that can be easily defined through a YAML configuration file, located in /etc/software-factory/arch.yaml. By default, only a limited set of components are activated to set up a minimal CI with Zuul V3.

We will now add the hypervisor-oci component to configure a container provider, so that OCI containers can be consumed by Zuul when running CI jobs. In others words it means you won't need an OpenStack cloud account for running your first Zuul V3 jobs with this Software Factory instance.

Note that the OCI driver, on which hypervisor-oci relies, while totally functional, is still under review and not yet merged upstream.

echo "      - hypervisor-oci" | sudo tee -a /etc/software-factory/arch.yaml

Starting the services

Finally run sf-config:

sudo sfconfig --enable-insecure-slaves --provision-demo

When the sf-config command finishes you should be able to access the Software Factory web UI by connecting your browser to You should then be able to login using the login admin and password userpass (Click on "Toggle login form" to display the built-in authentication).

Triggering a first job on Zuul

The –provision-demo option is a special command to provision two demo Git repositories on Gerrit with two demo jobs.

Let's propose a first change on it:

sudo -i
cd demo-project
touch f1 && git add f1 && git commit -m"Add a test change" && git review

Then you should see the jobs being executed on the ZuulV3 status page.

Zuul buildset

And get the jobs' results on the corresponding Gerrit review page.

Gerrit change

Finally, you should find the links to the generated artifacts and the ARA reports.

ARA report

Next steps to go further

To learn more about Software Factory please refer to the user documentation. You can reach the Software Factory team on IRC freenode channel #softwarefactory or by email at the mailing list.