Estimated reading time:
Before you start:
Make sure you've
— It should only take a minute!
In this section, you’ll learn how to manage your Kong instance. First we’ll
have you start Kong in order to give you access to the RESTful Admin
interface, through which you manage your APIs, consumers, and more. Data sent
through the Admin API is stored in Kong’s datastore (Kong
supports PostgreSQL and Cassandra).
1. Start Kong
Issue the following command to prepare your datastore by running the Kong
$ kong migrations up [-c /path/to/kong.conf]
You should see a message that tells you Kong has successfully migrated your
database. If not, you probably incorrectly configured your database
connection settings in your configuration file.
Now let’s start Kong:
$ kong start [-c /path/to/kong.conf]
Note: the CLI accepts a configuration option (
allowing you to point to your own configuration.
2. Verify that Kong has started successfully
If everything went well, you should see a message (
informing you that Kong is running.
By default Kong listens on the following ports:
:8000 on which Kong listens for incoming HTTP traffic from your
clients, and forwards it to your upstream services.
:8443 on which Kong listens for incoming HTTPS traffic. This port has a
similar behavior as the
:8000 port, except that it expects HTTPS
traffic only. This port can be disabled via the configuration file.
:8001 on which the Admin API used to configure Kong listens.
:8444 on which the Admin API listens for HTTPS traffic.
3. Stop Kong
As needed you can stop the Kong process by issuing the following
4. Reload Kong
Issue the following command to reload Kong without downtime:
Now that you have Kong running you can interact with the Admin API.
To begin, go to Adding your API ›