If you are planning to make modifications to the SCION implementation, you can build SCION from sources and run your SCIONLab AS with your own version of SCION. For developers’ convenience, SCIONLab supports generating configurations that are compatible with the scripts and machinery intended to run SCION in a development environment.
Building SCION from sources requires following a lengthy setup procedure and installing various development dependencies. The development setup is currently supported/documented for Ubuntu 16.04 or Ubuntu 18.04. It is possible to build SCION on other systems, but no guidance is provided. To keep it simple, just run Ubuntu in a VM or container if you can’t/don’t want to set it up on your workstation.
Please follow the instructions in the GitHub README to clone and build SCION.
SCIONLab runs a version of SCION built from the branch
scionlab in netsec-ethz/scion. This branch (intentionally) lags behind the scionproto/scion master. As there are still (rarely) breaking changes in the SCION protocol, running
master may or may not be compatible with
If you only want to develop applications using SCION, you may still rely on the convenience of our pre-built binary packages.
The scion-apps repository contains examples for applications that run on top of SCION.
After having managed to build SCION and after creating or modifying your AS in the SCIONLab coordination website, you can deploy the generated configuration to your machine.
- Download the configuration tarfile from the SCIONLab coordination website.
- If you plan on using a VPN, unpack the
client-scionlab-<attachment point ISD-AS>.confto
/etc/openvpn/and start OpenVPN
sudo systemctl restart openvpn@client-scionlab-<attachment point ISD-AS>
- Extract the
gen/subdirectory to your
- Restart SCION
cd $SC scion.sh stop supervisor/supervisor.sh reload # necessary if supervisor.conf files changed scion.sh start
The configuration installed with the
scionlab-config script as used in the packaged installation is not directly compatible with
supervisord and the
To build, start and stop SCION, use the
scion.sh developer script, located in the SCION repository.
scion.sh start # Build and start SCION services
scion.sh start nobuild # Start, without building
scion.sh status # Lists failed SCION services
scion.sh stop # Stop all SCION services
The commands above are essentially a wrapper around supervisord. Alternatively, use the supervisor commands directly, using the
supervisor/supervisor.sh helper script.
supervisor/supervisor.sh reload # Reload supervisord configuration
supervisor/supervisor.sh status # Show status of all SCION services
supervisor/supervisor.sh # Starts the supervisor shell