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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 ( lsb_release -sc ) (e.g., precise) and components to main.


  1. Install Kong

    If you are downloading the package, execute:

     $ sudo apt-get update
     $ sudo apt-get install /absolute/path/to/package.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 or declarative configuration file

    Kong can run either with or without a database.

    When using a database, you will use the kong.conf configuration file for setting Kong’s configuration properties at start-up and the database as storage of all configured entities, such as the Routes and Services to which Kong proxies.

    When not using a database, you will use kong.conf its configuration properties and a kong.yml file for specifying the entities as a declarative configuration.

    Using a 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 Postgres, 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.

    Without a database

    If you are going to run Kong in DB-less mode, you should start by generating declarative config file. The following command will generate a kong.yml file in your current folder. It contains instructions about how to fill it up.

     $ kong config init

    After filling up the kong.yml file, edit your kong.conf file. Set the database option to off and the declarative_config option to the path of your kong.yml file:

     database = off
     declarative_config = /path/to/kong.yml
  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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