Artifactory Community Edition for C/C++

Artifactory Community Edition (CE) for C/C++ is the recommended server for development and hosting private packages for a team or company. It is completely free, and it features a WebUI, advanced authentication and permissions, great performance and scalability, a REST API, a generic CLI tool and generic repositories to host any kind of source or binary artifact.

This is a very brief introduction to Artifactory CE. For the complete Artifactory CE documentation, visit Artifactory docs.

Running Artifactory CE

There are several ways to download and run Artifactory CE. The simplest one might be to download and unzip the designated zip file, though other installers, including also installing from a Docker image. The Download Page has a link for you to follow. When the file is unzipped, launch Artifactory by double clicking the artifactory.bat(Windows) or script in the app/bin subfolder, depending on the OS. Artifactory comes with JDK bundled, please read Artifactory requirements.


Once Artifactory has started, navigate to the default URL http://localhost:8081, where the Web UI should be running. The default user and password are admin:password.

Creating and Using a Conan Repo

Navigate to Admin -> Repositories -> Local, then click on the “New” button. A dialog for selecting the package type will appear, select Conan, then type a “Repository Key” (the name of the repository you are about to create), for example “conan-local”. You can create multiple repositories to serve different flows, teams, or projects.

Now, it is necessary to configure the client. Go to Artifacts, and click on the created repository. The “Set Me Up” button in the top right corner provides instructions on how to configure the remote in the Conan client:

$ conan remote add artifactory http://localhost:8081/artifactory/api/conan/conan-local

From now, you can upload, download, search, etc. the remote repos similarly to the other repo types.

$ conan upload "*" --all -r=artifactory
$ conan search "*" -r=artifactory

Migrating from Other Servers

If you are already running another server, for example, the open source conan_server, it is easy to migrate your packages, using the Conan client to download the packages and re-upload them to the new server.

This Python script might be helpful, given that it already defines the respective local and artifactory remotes:

import os
import subprocess

def run(cmd):
    ret = os.system(cmd)
    if ret != 0:
        raise Exception("Command failed: %s" % cmd)

# Assuming local = conan_server and artifactory remotes
output = subprocess.check_output("conan search -r=local --raw")
packages = output.splitlines()

for package in packages:
    print("Downloading %s" % package)
    run("conan download %s -r=local" % package)

run("conan upload \"*\" --all --confirm -r=artifactory")