There are several ways to try scorch for yourself and as its written in bash it doesnt even need special privledges.

  1. Quick Install
  2. Controlled Install
  3. Into a docker linux
  4. From a dockerfile
  5. Demo version direct from dockerhub


1. Quick Install - Latest Version (curl example)

​Use the new install script to install the latest version of scorch suite in your current directory.

curl -o install && chmod a+x install && ./install

2. Install into a chosen directory (wget example)

You may wish to start in a directory under /tmp: 

mkdir -p /tmp/scorchlatest
cd /tmp/scorchlatest


chmod a+x install

This will extract the following files and directories into the current pwd

etc/  functions/  jobs/  obrar*  plugins/  projects/  python/  scorch*  tmp/  var/

A demo job will be created consisting of the following safe tasks that run in parallel  as groups. Task 3 will fail randomly to simulate real world scenarios.

   1 :           echo first task
   2 :               .  sleep 15
   3 :               .  printf ${RANDOM:4}
   4 :           fn_PIDWait
   5 :           echo sleep 15 completed
   6 :               .  sleep 12
   7 :               .  hostname
   8 :           fn_PIDWait


curl -o /tmp/scorch.tar

3. Centos Docker

Using the official centos build from dockerhub https://hub/

docker pull centos
​# Then in docker
yum install which

The following can then be used in the docker shell or directly into any other bash shell (including Bash for Windows)

mkdir /tmp/scorch
curl -o /tmp/scorch/scorch.tar
cd /tmp/scorch
chmod 755 obrar
tar xf scorch.tar
export PATH=${PATH}:/tmp/scorch
./obrar -install
obrar -l
./scorch -install

4. Create your own image from the Dockerfile

Get yourself a copy of the Dockerfile from:

Create the image file

docker build --network=host -f Dockerfile-0.1 -t webmarcit/scorch:latest .

Confirm the image was created

docker image ls

Run the image in a container (this wont exit unless its run in background, so you'll need an additional terminal)

docker run --rm -i --net=host webmarcit/scorch:latest

Find the container id 

docker container ls

Run a shell in the container

docker exec -it <container-id> /bin/bash

Start scorch and add your first template from the demo plugins


5. Demo from Dockerhub

docker pull webmarcit/scorch-demo

Release Version / Controlled Install

Package Description Artefact Checksum Version Last Update
scorch Orchestration Suite tar md5 E2.9.14 18/03/2021
scorchdb Lightweight CMDB included included    
obrar Deployment framework (now included in the suite) shellscript   E1.1 19 May 2018



Running Scorch

It is recommended to add scorch to the path.

Updating a previous installation

Once downloaded and installed the latest version (including non-release versions) can be installed by pressing "a" for admin, "c" for check and "i" for install.

check version

Creating your first job

Use 'n' to create a new job

This will load all the available plugins and provide an entry section

Enter the following which includes a full stop on a new line


To start the job, queue it up by pressing the key 'q' and selecting the job number

The job will fail on the first run but it should give you a chance to test your skills and practice "Editing" a job.

Select job number

Look at the error in the log summary

Press "e" to edit

You are now in vi

/Task_2    and add a number after the -t   for example 5

fn_Task_2(){    obrar DEMO1 -t 5


"R"esume the job




Bulk load example

Press the key 'n' to create a new job

Copy and paste the following block to create multiple jobs in one go

Environment : ST1 ST2 ST3 ST4 QA1 QA2
Environment : ST1 ST2 ST3 QA1 QA2 QA3
Environment : ST1 ST2 ST3 ST4 QA2 QA3 QA4
Environment : PROD1 PROD2

API Job Creation

./scorch -a DEMO-GROUP -s


A production system or system with no route to web - no problem

In some cases, it may be necessary to update scorch in a production environment where standard web access is not permitted. If you can get the escorch tar ball onto the target server, by means of a release process perhaps, then if the file can be copied into the scorch home directory, it can be queried as a local update. It just needs to be called scorch.tar

cp /tmp/release1.1/escorch.2.9.2.tar $dir_Base/scorch/scorch.tar

Edit the preferences to remove HTTP 

Admin Menu -> Preferences

# Set Protocol for installing new version (http or local) (Blank also works for local currently)
export      str_Protocol="local"

And run the "C"heck for latest version online. A value returned will be from the version in scorch.tar. A quoted version is allowed.

  scorch [2.9.3]|           D:0|  df:68%|Enterprise|Power User

 C) Check for latest online version       2.9.4

 B) Build a tar release                   /tmp/aps/framework/scorch/escorch.2.9.4.tar

 L) View and Delete locks   (0)           /tmp/aps/framework/scorch/var//locks/

 I) Install latest version                "2.9.4"

Running BASH on Windows 10

Since the "Fall Creators Update", bash no longer requires you to run Windows 10 in developer mode. Now just head over to the Microsoft Store and search for "ubuntu" and install the Ubuntu App.

Ubuntu on Windows 10 - BASH