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Before starting the installation, let's discover how OpenCTI is working, which dependencies are needed and what are the minimal requirements to deploy it in production.


The OpenCTI platform relies on several external databases and services in order to work.



The platform is the central part of the OpenCTI technological stack. It allows users to access to the user interface but also provides the GraphQL API used by connectors and workers to insert data. In the context of a production deployment, you may need to scale horizontally and launch multiple platforms behind a load balancer connected to the same databases (ElasticSearch, Redis, S3, RabbitMQ).


The workers are standalone Python processes consuming messages from the RabbitMQ broker in order to do asynchronous write queries. You can launch as many workers as you need to increase the write performances. At some point, the write performances will be limited by the throughput of the ElasticSearch database cluster.

Number of workers

If you need to increase performances, it is better to launch more platforms to handle worker queries. The recommended setup is to have at least one platform for 3 workers (ie. 9 workers distributed over 3 platforms).


The connectors are third-party pieces of software (Python processes) that can play five different roles on the platform:

Type Description Examples
EXTERNAL_IMPORT Pull data from remote sources, convert it to STIX2 and insert it on the OpenCTI platform. MITRE Datasets, MISP, CVE, AlienVault, Mandiant, etc.
INTERNAL_ENRICHMENT Listen for new OpenCTI entities or users requests, pull data from remote sources to enrich. Shodan, DomainTools, IpInfo, etc.
INTERNAL_IMPORT_FILE Extract data from files uploaded on OpenCTI trough the UI or the API. STIX 2.1, PDF, Text, HTML, etc.
INTERNAL_EXPORT_FILE Generate export from OpenCTI data, based on a single object or a list. STIX 2.1, CSV, PDF, etc.
STREAM Consume a platform data stream an do something with events. Splunk, Elastic Security, Q-Radar, etc.

List of connectors

You can find all currently available connector in the OpenCTI Ecosystem.

Infrastructure requirements


Component Version CPU RAM Disk type Disk space
ElasticSearch / OpenSearch >= 8.0 / >= 2.9 2 cores ≥ 8GB SSD ≥ 16GB
Redis >= 7.1 1 core ≥ 1GB SSD ≥ 16GB
RabbitMQ >= 3.11 1 core ≥ 512MB Standard ≥ 2GB
S3 / MinIO >= RELEASE.2023-02 1 core ≥ 128MB SSD ≥ 16GB


Component CPU RAM Disk type Disk space
OpenCTI Core 2 cores ≥ 8GB None (stateless) -
Worker(s) 1 core ≥ 128MB None (stateless) -
Connector(s) 1 core ≥ 128MB None (stateless) -


To have more details about deploying OpenCTI and its dependencies in cluster mode, please read the dedicated section.