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Creating a CloudCTF Environment


If you do not yet have an account with the U.S. Cyber Range, please see the article titled Accepting an Instructor Account Invitation.

This KB article will step you through the process of creating a CloudCTF for your class, workshop, or conference.

Create a CloudCTF Environment

1. Login to the Exercise Area

Login to the U.S. Cyber Range Exercise Area. Please see the article titled How to Login to the Cyber Range for login assistance.

2. Add a CloudCTF Environment to Your Course

  • After navigating to the Exercise Area, please click on the course you wish to add a CloudCTF environment to. In the image below, we will be choosing the course, CloudCTF, as our target.

The Exercise Area is shown, with two environments under the "Courses" section. The CloudCTF element is located on the left.

  • You will then be taken to the course page where you can add exercise environments for your students. Please click on the "Add Exercise Environment" icon as shown in the image below.

The Add exercise environment icon is located in the top right, as the second icon from the left.

  • Next, please select the CloudCTF environment from the exercise catalog list.

A dropdown window is shown, with a list of environments that can be chosen.

  • You will then be presented with a new window that allows you to edit the name, description, and lifespan (Start and End dates) of the exercise . Once you are finished modifying the exercise details, please click on "Confirm".

A window is shown with sections titled name, description, and availability. The confirm icon is located in the bottom-right of the window.

3. Launching Your CloudCTF Environment

  • After you have successfully added a CloudCTF exercise environment to your course, please select the environment.

The added CloudCTF exercise environment will be shown at the bottom of the course homepage, under the section Exercise Environments.

  • You will then be taken to a page that allows you to edit or delete the exercise, and start the environment in your web browser. To start the CTF environment, please click on the "Join" button as shown in the image below.

The Join button is shown at the bottom of the screen, under the Creation section, which is below the Details header.

  • CloudCTF will then be launched in a new tab of your browser.

The CloudCTF environment start screen is shown, in a new tab.

What Next?

After you have successfully created a CloudCTF environment by following the steps above, please see the article titled Adding and Removing Challenges.

Have a Question? Contact Support

If you experience any issues starting or viewing CloudCTF in your web browser, please see the article titled Can't Launch CloudCTF for helpful tips on resolving the matter.

We're here to help you. If you still have questions after reviewing the information above, please feel free to submit a ticket with our support team and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.