Add Your Own Software Packages

If you cannot find the software you want to install in the list, you can add your own package to the Install Software list by forking our GitHub repository, making the necessary modifications, submitting a pull request.

The repository can be found at

Software packages are installed by running a script. You can code your own install package using the concepts in this topic.


A script is typically, but not necessarily, a bash script that runs a series of commands as you would on the command line to install or configure software on your Codio box. However, it can be any executable code you choose.

The scripts written by Codio typically use Ansible, a very friendly deployment management system that greatly reduces complexity.


The package_list.json file is the manifest that lists the entire contents of the publicly available scripts. Each script has an entry in this file, and you must add a new item to the list when coding your own install package. Whenever you open the Install Software page (Tools > Install Software), this Install Software manifest is retrieved from our GitHub repo.

Here’s a example of the MySQL entry:

"mysql": {
  "name": "MySQL",
  "description": "MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS)",
  "script": "mysql/",
  "version": "5.5.49",
  "category": "data_stores"


  • script - is the path, relative to the root of the repo, where the installation script can be found.

  • category - is the category that the component belongs to; you can update the category field field with any of the following categories:

    • data_stores

    • deployment

    • development_tools

    • libraries

    • shells

    • programming_languages

    • utilities

    • web_development

Example : MySQL

The following example shows how to install MySQL from the Install Software page in a few seconds. Run the MySQL installation on a new box. The MySQL entry in the package_list.json file looks like this:

  "mysql": {
  "name": "MySQL",
  "description": "MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS)",
  "script": "mysql/",
  "version": "5.5.49",
  "category": "data_stores"

You can see the reference to the mysql/ script.

Bash script

This script calls our standard Ansible loader script, which in turn loads the relevant playbook.


bash -c "$(curl -fsSL" mysql

echo "Mysql password root user password is 'codio'"

Ansible playbook script

Ansible simplifies installations and configurations, as easier to read and maintain than using the main bash script with standard Ubuntu commands. For more information about Ansible playbooks, click here.

- name: Install MySQL
  sudo: True
    MySQL_root_pass: codio
    - name: Set MySQL root password before installing
      debconf: name='mysql-server' question='mysql-server/root_password' value='{{MySQL_root_pass | quote}}' vtype='password'
    - name: Set MySQL root again password before installing
      debconf: name='mysql-server' question='mysql-server/root_password_again' value='{{MySQL_root_pass | quote}}' vtype='password'
    - name: Install MySQL
      apt: name={{ item }} state=present
        - mysql-server
        - mysql-client
        - python-mysqldb
    - copy: src=my.cnf dest=/home/codio/.my.cnf