To extract the tar.gz file, run tar -xvzf monkey-island-debian.tar.gz.

To deploy the package, once you’ve extracted it, run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo dpkg -i monkey_island.deb  # this might print errors

If at this point, dpkg printed errors that look like this:

dpkg: error processing package gc-monkey-island (--install):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:

That just means that not all dependencies were pre-installed on your system. That’s no problem! Just run the following command, which will install all dependencies and then install the Monkey Island:

sudo apt install -f


Trying to install on Ubuntu <16.04

If you’re trying to install the Monkey Island on Ubuntu 16.04 or older, you need to install the dependencies yourself, since Python 3.7 is only installable from the deadsnakes PPA. To install the Monkey Island on Ubuntu 16.04, follow the following steps:

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3.7-dev python3.7-venv python3-venv build-essential
sudo dpkg -i monkey_island.deb  # this might print errors
sudo apt install -f

The Monkey Island interface isn’t accessible after installation

To check the status of the Monkey Island after the installation, run the following command: sudo service monkey-island status.


To upgrade when a new version comes out, download the new Monkey .deb file and install it. You should see a message like Unpacking monkey-island (1.8.2) over (1.8.0). After which, the installation should complete successfully.

If you’d like to keep your existing configuration, you can export it to a file by using the Export button and then import it to the new server.

Export configuration