Carbon Black Cloud Sensor Install on a Linux Machine

Let’s manually install a Carbon Black Cloud (CBC) sensor on a CentOS 7 machine!


  • Carbon Black Cloud access (Note: the environment I’m using is Carbon Black Cloud Enterprise)
  • CentOS 7 machine (can be Ubuntu as well)

Process Overview

  1. Download the Carbon Black Cloud sensor kit on the linux machine.
  2. Install the sensor via terminal.
  3. Verify that the endpoint shows up in Carbon Black Cloud.

Demo / Example

Download Carbon Black Cloud Sensor Kit

  1. Log into Carbon Black Cloud from the linux machine where you want to install the sensor.
  2. Go to “Endpoints” > “Sensor Options” and select “Download sensor kits”.
  3. Select “Download Kit” of the appropriate OS (in my case, RHEL/CentOS 6 & 7)
  4. Select “Company codes” under “Sensor Options” and make note of the company code. You’ll need it during the install.

Install Sensor

  1. Move the downloaded .tgz file to the Desktop (or wherever you want).
  2. Create a temporary directory on the Desktop (or wherever you placed the .tgz file): mkdir cb-psc-install
  3. Open terminal and navigate to the Desktop (or wherever you did the previous 2 steps).
  4. Extract the .tgz file into the temporary directory you’ve created: tar -C <temporary directory name> -zxf <.tgz file name>
  5. Install and register the sensor, using the company code noted from step 4 in the following command: sudo cb-psc-install/ <company code>. Once completed, it should say “Success: agent was successfully installed.”

Verify Installation

  1. Run the command systemctl status cbagentd to check the status of the sensor. It should say “active (running)".
  2. Go to Carbon Black Cloud UI > “Endpoints”, and your linux machine should now show up.