CrateDB maintains packages for the following Ubuntu versions:

This guide will show you how to install, control, and configure a single-node CrateDB on a local Ubuntu system.

Table of contents

Configure Apt

You need to configure Apt (the package manager) to trust and to add the CrateDB repositories:

# Download the CrateDB GPG key
sh$ wget https://cdn.crate.io/downloads/deb/DEB-GPG-KEY-crate

# Add the key to Apt
sh$ sudo apt-key add DEB-GPG-KEY-crate

# Add CrateDB repositories to Apt
# `lsb_release -cs` returns the codename of your OS
sh$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb https://cdn.crate.io/downloads/deb/stable/ $(lsb_release -cs) main"


CrateDB provides a stable release and a testing release channel. To use the testing channel, replace stable with testing in the command above. You can read more about our release workflow.

Now update Apt:

sh$ sudo apt update

You should see a success message. This indicates that the CrateDB release channel is correctly configured and the crate package has been registered locally.

Install CrateDB

You can now install CrateDB:

sh$ sudo apt install crate

After the installation is finished, the crate service should be up-and-running.

You should be able to access it by visiting:



When you install via Apt, CrateDB automatically starts as a single-node cluster and you won’t be able to add additional nodes. In order to form a multi-node cluster, you will need to remove the cluster state after changing the configuration.

Control CrateDB

You can control the crate service with the systemctl utility:

sh$ sudo systemctl COMMAND crate

Replace COMMAND with start, stop, restart, status and so on.


Be sure to read the guide to rolling upgrades and full restart upgrades before attempting to upgrade a running cluster.

Configure CrateDB

In order to configure CrateDB, take note of the configuration file location and the available environment variables.

Configuration files

The main CrateDB configuration files are located in the /etc/crate directory.

Environment variables

The CrateDB startup script sources environment variables from the /etc/default/crate file. Here is an example:

# Heap Size (defaults to 256m min, 1g max)

# Maximum number of open files, defaults to 65535.

# Maximum locked memory size. Set to "unlimited" if you use the
# bootstrap.mlockall option in crate.yml. You must also set

# Additional Java OPTS

# Force the JVM to use IPv4 stack

Customized setups

A full list of package files can be obtained with this command:

sh$ dpkg-query -L crate

If you want to deviate from the way that the crate package integrates with your system, you can do a basic tarball installation.


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