Start by downloading the corresponding package for your configuration:

Enterprise trial users should download their package from their welcome email and save their license to /etc/kong/license.json after step 1.

APT Repositories

You can also install Kong via APT; follow the instructions on the “Set Me Up” section on the page below, setting distribution to the appropriate value (e.g., wheezy) and components to main.


  1. Install Kong

    If you are downloading the package, execute:

     $ sudo apt-get update
     $ sudo apt-get install openssl libpcre3 procps perl
     $ sudo dpkg -i kong-1.1.2.*.deb

    If you are using the apt repository execute:

     $ sudo apt-get update
     $ sudo apt-get install -y apt-transport-https curl lsb-core
     $ echo "deb `lsb_release -sc` main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
     $ curl -o bintray.key
     $ sudo apt-key add bintray.key
     $ sudo apt-get update
     $ sudo apt-get install -y kong
  2. Prepare your database

    Configure Kong so it can connect to your database. Kong supports both PostgreSQL 9.5+ and Cassandra 3.x.x as its datastore.

    If you are using PostgreSQL, please provision a database and a user before starting Kong, ie:


    Now, run the Kong migrations:

     $ kong migrations bootstrap [-c /path/to/kong.conf]

    Note for Kong < 0.15: with Kong versions below 0.15 (up to 0.14), use the up sub-command instead of bootstrap. Also note that with Kong < 0.15, migrations should never be run concurrently; only one Kong node should be performing migrations at a time. This limitation is lifted for Kong 0.15, 1.0, and above.

  3. Start Kong

     $ kong start [-c /path/to/kong.conf]
  4. Use Kong

    Kong is running:

     $ curl -i http://localhost:8001/

    Quickly learn how to use Kong with the 5-minute Quickstart.

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