Basic CrateDB tarball installation

This page shows you how get up and running directly from the tarball on any Unix-like system.


CrateDB requires Java 11. We recommend using Oracle’s Java on macOS and OpenJDK on Linux Systems.

See also

Specialised install guides are available for: Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, and Docker.

These instructions are designed to get you up and running on your personal computer.

For putting CrateDB into production, you can learn more about deploying or scaling CrateDB in the CrateDB Guide.

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Download the latest CrateDB release.

Once downloaded, unpack the tarball and change into the resulting directory:

sh$ tar -xzf crate-*.tar.gz
sh$ cd crate-*

See also

Other releases of CrateDB are also available.

Check out the release notes for specific information about each CrateDB release.


You do not have to configure or build anything.

Once unpacked, CrateDB can be started in the foreground like this:

sh$ ./bin/crate

This command runs a single instance of CrateDB that is bound to the local IP address.

Control-C will stop the process.

See also

Consult the CrateDB reference documentation for help using this command.

Next steps

Now you have CrateDB up and running, take the guided tour.