Booster Setup

Everything you need to set up your Booster Environment

Booster System Requirements


As of May 2023 v15.0.1 the below are supported for running Boosters, but for updated information always consult the specific release on the Downloads Page. The FileWave Booster can also be installed on a Virtual Machine.

The general guidance on CPU / RAM / Network / Storage is:

Make sure you have enough space on your hard disk to store the cached Filesets for your FileWave Clients. A Booster could conceivably contain a full mirrored set of all Filesets on the main FileWave server.

Booster Installation


Booster software is compatible with either macOS, Windows or Debian.  All necessary installers or appliances can be found on the current download pages: FileWave Software Downloads



Linux has two options.  FileWave provides (as with the FileWave Server) a pre-built Debian VM.  Alternatively, it is possible to self instal the software on a Debian system.

macOS & Windows

Installers are available as PKG or MSI.

As typically with MSI installers, options exist not only for instal, but repair and deletion

Instal Paths

Booster instals the software to one of the following locations:

Booster Configuration

Once installed, configuration is via the Booster Monitor application, available for both macOS and Windows from the same downloads page.



If using the pre-built Debian Appliance, simply add the VM to the VM infrastructure.  Alternatively, follow the commands provided on the downloads page.

macOS & Windows

Run the relevant PKG or MSI installer, accepting any terms and agreements.

Custom Installers may be created, pre-defining details, e.g. Server Address, Port and Booster Monitor Preferences password: Custom Installers


Network Address

Configure a static IP for the Booster and consider adding a Domain Name within the DNS for this IP.

macOS and Windows can be configured using the Settings.  However, Debian will require some command line configuration.

Debian IP Setup
Network Interface

The current IP may be determined with the 'ip addr' command:

# ip addr
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN group default qlen 1000
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
    inet scope host lo
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 ::1/128 scope host noprefixroute 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
2: ens192: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:0c:29:9d:4d:7e brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    altname enp11s0
    inet brd scope global dynamic ens192
       valid_lft 68853sec preferred_lft 68853sec
    inet6 fe80::20c:29ff:fe9d:4d7e/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

The key part here is the name of the network interface.  In the above example, this is 'ens192'.

Edit Network File

Make a backup of the current file:

cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces-mybackup

Edit the original file:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

Add the chosen IP and other necessary details for this interface.  Given the details above, it may look something like the below once edited:

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

source /etc/network/interfaces.d/*

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
iface ens192 inet static

Once complete, save and then restart the network service:

sudo systemctl restart networking

Re-running the 'ip addr' command should now show the new details.

Add a name with this IP on the DNS.

Booster Setup

Instal the Booster Monitor on a chosen macOS or Windows device.  On launching the Booster Monitor, use the above created network address.  The initial view is akin to the FileWave Client Monitor, but with Booster specific details:


Select Preferences, enter the created password (or default password as provided from the downloads page)

Consider changing this password at the earliest possible moment

This password is only used to access the Preferences from the Booster Monitor.

The Booster Monitor may then be used to configure the Booster.  At a very basic level, the Server Address and port should be added.


Approving Boosters

Once a Booster is setup on the network with the relevant FileWave Server details, it should then check-in with the server and be visible in the Booster section of the FileWave Central admin application software.

As of FileWave 13.1.0, additional security and certificates were introduced, requiring the approval process.


The approval process generates a certificate for the Booster.  There are four ways to generate a certificate for a booster.

  1. Select booster(s) in the Booster view → right-click → Create Certificate/Enroll Booster
  2. Select booster(s) in the Booster view → Create Certificate/Enroll Booster (in the button bar)
  3. Select booster(s) in the Booster Details → right-click → Create Certificate/Enroll Booster
  4. Select booster(s) in the Booster Details → Create Certificate/Enroll Booster (in the button bar)