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-community-edition-0.14.0.*.deb
  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 up [-c /path/to/kong.conf]

    Note: migrations should never be run concurrently; only one Kong nodes should be performing migrations at a time.

  3. Start Kong

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

    Kong is running:

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

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