Creating custom WPK packages

1. Get a X509 certificate and CA

Create root CA

# openssl req -x509 -new -nodes -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout wpk_root.key -out wpk_root.pem -batch

Create a certificate and key

# openssl req -new -nodes -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout wpkcert.key -out wpkcert.csr -subj '/C=US/ST=CA/O=Wazuh'

Set the location as follows:

  • /C=US is the country.
  • /ST=CA is the state.
  • /O=Wazuh is the organization’s name.

Sign this certificate with the root CA

# openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in wpkcert.csr -CA wpk_root.pem -CAkey wpk_root.key -out wpkcert.pem -CAcreateserial

2. Compile a package

WPK packages will generally contain the complete agent code, however, this is not required.

A WPK package must contain an installation program in binary form or a script in any language supported by the agent (Bash, Python, etc). Canonical WPK packages must contain a Bash script named for UNIX or upgrade.bat for Windows. This program must:

  • fork itself, as the parent will return 0 immediately,
  • restart the agent, and
  • the installer must write a file called upgrade_result containing a status number (0 means OK) before exiting.


  • Python 2.7 or 3.5+
  • Cryptography package for Python. This may be obtained using the following:
pip install cryptography

Canonical WPK package example

  1. Download the sources from GitHub branch 3.2:
# curl -Lo && unzip
  1. Modify the wazuh-3.2/etc/preloaded-vars.conf file that was downloaded to deploy an unattended update in the agent by uncommenting the following lines:
  1. Compile the project:
# make -C wazuh-3.2/src TARGET=agent
  1. Change to the base directory:
# cd wazuh-3.2
  1. Install the root CA if you want to overwrite the root CA with the file you created previously:
# cp path/to/wpk_root.pem etc/wpk_root.pem
  1. Compile the WPK package using your SSL certificate and key:
# contrib/agent-upgrade/ output/myagent.wpk path/to/wpkcert.pem path/to/wpkcert.key *
  • output/myagent.wpk is the name of the output WPK package.
  • path/to/wpkcert.pem is the path to your SSL certificate.
  • path/to/wpkcert.key is the path to your SSL certificate’s key.
  • * is the file (or the files) to be included into the WPK package.

In this example, the Wazuh Project’s root directory contains the proper file.


This is only an example. If you want to distribute a WPK package using this method, it’s important to begin with an empty directory.