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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.
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 )
precise) and components to
If you are downloading the package, execute:
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install openssl libpcre3 procps perl $ sudo dpkg -i kong-2.0.4.*.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 https://kong.bintray.com/kong-deb `lsb_release -sc` main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list $ curl -o bintray.key https://bintray.com/user/downloadSubjectPublicKey?username=bintray $ sudo apt-key add bintray.key $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install -y kong
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.confconfiguration 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.confits configuration properties and a
kong.ymlfile for specifying the entities as a declarative configuration.
Using a database
If you are using Postgres, please provision a database and a user before starting Kong, ie:
CREATE USER kong; CREATE DATABASE kong OWNER kong;
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
upsub-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.ymlfile in your current folder. It contains instructions about how to fill it up.
$ kong config init
After filling up the
kong.ymlfile, edit your
kong.conffile. Set the
declarative_configoption to the path of your
database = off declarative_config = /path/to/kong.yml
$ kong start [-c /path/to/kong.conf]
Kong is running:
$ curl -i http://localhost:8001/
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