Installation from Source

You can try the following two options:

Option 1: Download latest stable release

You can always download the latest tarball release from Github

For example, here is how to download version 2.2.1 and install:

tar xvf singularity-$VERSION.tar.gz
cd singularity-$VERSION
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install

Option 2: Download the latest development code

To download the most recent development code, you should use Git and do the following:

git clone
cd singularity
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install

note: The ‘make install’ is required to be run as root to get a properly installed Singularity implementation. If you do not run it as root, you will only be able to launch Singularity as root due to permission limitations.


To update your Singularity version, you might want to first delete the executables for the old version:

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/libexec/singularity

And then install using one of the methods above.

Build an RPM from source

Like the above, you can build an RPM of Singularity so it can be more easily managed, upgraded and removed. From the base Singularity source directory do the following:

make dist
rpmbuild -ta singularity-*.tar.gz
sudo yum install ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/*/singularity-[0-9]*.rpm

Note: if you want to have the RPM install the files to an alternative location, you should define the environment variable ‘PREFIX’ to suit your needs, and use the following command to build:

rpmbuild -ta --define="_prefix $PREFIX" --define "_sysconfdir $PREFIX/etc" --define "_defaultdocdir $PREFIX/share" singularity-*.tar.gz

When using If you get an error that you have packages missing, for example on Ubuntu 16.04:

+libtoolize -c
./ 13: ./ libtoolize: not found
./ 14: ./ aclocal: not found
./ 15: ./ autoheader: not found
./ 16: ./ autoconf: not found
+automake -ca -Wno-portability
./ 17: ./ automake: not found

then you need to install dependencies:

sudo apt-get install -y build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake autoconf

Build a DEB from source

To build a deb package for Debian/Ubuntu/LinuxMint invoke the following commands:

$ fakeroot dpkg-buildpackage -b -us -uc # sudo will ask for a password to run the tests
$ sudo dpkg -i ../singularity-container_2.2.1-1_amd64.deb

Note that the tests will fail if singularity is not already installed on your system. This is the case when you run this procedure for the first time. In that case run the following sequence:

$ fakeroot dpkg-buildpackage -nc -b -us -uc # this will continue the previous build without an initial 'make clean'
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