Install the connector on a Linux machine

The Device Connector is a standalone component for connecting devices to Digital Lab. You can also install the connector as a standalone component on a Linux machine, and configure it to connect to the Digital Lab server. Devices connected to distributed connector machines become part of the Digital Lab device lab.

For details on how to see all your connectors, see View and manage connectors.

Before you start

Before installing or updating the connector, check that your machine complies with the recommended system requirements and that your devices are supported. For details, see Connector requirements in the Support matrix, Connect devices to Digital Lab, and Installation and configuration best practices.

Linux only: If you are going to connect iOS devices to this machine via USB, make sure that IPV6 is enabled.

For a new installation only:

  1. Make sure that a Digital Lab server is not already installed on the machine.

  2. The server should be accessible to the connector.
    To check the connection run the following curl command and check that you get a 200 OK status:

    curl -I http/s://<Digital Lab server IP address>:<port>

  3. If Nginx is already installed on the connector machine, remove it before installing the Digital Lab connector.

  4. Obtain an access key for the connector from the Digital Lab server.

    • Admin user: Select the Connectors tab. Click Generate New Key and provide a name, type (Connector), expiration date, description (optional).
    • Non-admin user: request one from your admin. Select Contact Your Admin from the Help menu (upper right).
  5. CentOS 7.6 -7.9 new installation: X11 forwarding is required.

    1. Install required packages:

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      yum install -y xorg-x11-server-Xorg xorg-x11-xauth xorg-x11-apps
    2. Enable X11 forwarding.

      Open the SSH configuration file:

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      vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

      Uncomment or add the lines below:

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      X11Forwarding yes

    3. Restart the SSH service:

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      systemctl restart sshd

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Download the connector

Download the connector in one of the following ways:

    • For admins, Select Download Connector in the Connectors page.
    • For a non-admin user, select Download Connector from the Help menu in the upper right corner of the Digital Lab console.

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Install the connector

The standalone connector for Digital Lab can be installed as a full installation, or as an upgrade to an existing installation of the connector for Digital Lab (UFT Mobile) 3.0 or later. The installer checks what files are already present, and installs or updates the relevant files.

  1. On your Linux machine, log in as root .
  2. Copy the file to your Linux machine and extract the installation files: 
    unzip <name of Linux connector installation file>.zip –d <Target directory Name>
  3. Change directory to the target directory:
    cd <Target directory name>/
  4. Run the connector installer:
    ./<install_connector-x64 file name>.bin
  5. Read the License Agreement, and select Y to accept the terms and proceed with the installation. Choose an installation folder, and a local folder for temporary files. Fill in the information or answer the questions in each of the Installation sections following these guidelines:
  6. User configuration
    Use an existing Linux OS user, or click n to create the default user.
    Specify the password for this user.
    Enter your credentials. For Digital Lab, enter the access key provided by your admin.

    Digital Lab SaaS: The SSL Enabled option should be selected.

    If connecting over a proxy, select Server address in the proxy section, and specify the server, port, and credentials if required.
    Connector configuration
    Provide a meaningful name for the connector, as this allows you to effectively filter devices based on connector names. Enter the Connector's IP address (if the IP is static) or FQDN, or accept the defaults.

For details on how to change the configuration after the installation, see Change the configuration of the connector.

Review the pre-installation summary and press Enter to continue with the installation of the connector.

Caution: To insure integrity and confidentiality of the information stored with Digital Lab, we strongly recommend that you incorporate filesystem monitoring on the installation and temporary folders.

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Connect and verify devices

  1. If you have not already done so, make sure to follow the steps for initial device configuration when connecting Android and iOS devices .
  2. Connect the device to the connector machine using a USB cable. On some devices, when you connect the device, there may be notification, trust, or location pop-ups. Accept these pop-ups.
  3. Wait until the Agent is running on the device.
  4. If the Agent does not start up on the device, verify that the devices are recognized:

Additional considerations for iOS devices:

If you have not already done so, enable UI Automation on the device in Settings >Developer> Enable UI Automation. Disconnect the device, wait 5 seconds, and then reconnect it.

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Start and stop the connector

You can stop and start the connector with the following commands:



Start the connector service DL start
Stop the connector service DL stop
Restart the connector service DL restart

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Enable localization

To display system apps (apps that are used to run the device itself) in a supported language other than English, after installing the connector, navigate to /opt/UFTDigitalLab/connector/conf/ and uncomment the following line in the file:

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Uninstall the connector

You can uninstall the connector for Linux as follows:

  1. Log into the Linux connector machine as root user.

  2. Change directory to the connector installation directory:
    cd <path to installation folder> (Default /opt/UFTDigitalLab/)
  3. Run the uninstall script by entering the following command:
  4. Press enter to proceed with uninstalling the Digital Lab connector.

Note: If you installed or upgraded the connector using an existing Linux user, you are asked during the uninstall whether to remove this user. If you used the default new user created by Digital Lab during the installation, this user is deleted automatically.

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Change the configuration of the connector

If you need to modify your connector details, for example to to change the server or connector details, you can use the UFT Digital Lab update tool. When you run the tool, you can update the following server or connector details:

UFT Digital Lab server details

  • IP address or FQDN

  • Port

  • Secure or non secure connection (SSL)

  • Proxy information

UFT Digital Lab Connector details

  • Credentials

  • Connector name

  • Connector IP address

  • Connector port

To change the configuration of the connector:

  1. On the connector machine, log in as root or as a user in the Linux sudoers file.
  2. Navigate to your connector installation directory.
    Default opt/UFTDigitalLab/
  3. Run the following command:
  4. When prompted, specify the new details.
  5. Restart the connector at the end of the process to allow the change to take effect.
  6. SSL access only: When you modify the connector details following a change to the server details, a new certificate is generated for the connector. Testing tool users also need to reconfigure their SSL access Digital Lab.

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Patch installation

To benefit from the latest enhancements and fixes, install the latest patch for your current version of Digital Lab. Server and connector patches can be downloaded from Software Licenses and Downloads. The latest patch includes the content of any previous patches. There is no need to install previous patches.

Important: If you use the remote iOS signing service, this should be upgraded before you upgrade the server.

When upgrading the server to the latest patch, the following should also be upgraded:

  • All connectors

  • Manual signing tools (if applicable)

    • iOS Enabler for manual signing of iOS apps. After installing the server patch, the iOS  enabler is available in the Agent folder. Patches are available on the ADM Marketplace.

    • Android Enabler for manual signing of Android apps. After installing the server patch, the updated Android enabler is available in the server folder.

Follow the patch installation instructions included in the patch release.

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