Configure a Runtime
Set up your first runtime through the
Konnect Runtime Manager.
At this time, the only runtime type available is a Kong Gateway
Kong Gateway data planes proxy service traffic. With
Kong Konnect working as the control plane, a
runtime doesn’t need a database to store configuration data. Instead,
configuration is stored in-memory on each node, and you can easily update
multiple runtimes from one Konnect account with a few clicks.
Note: Kong does not host runtimes. You must install and host your own
- You have the Organization Admin role in
Kong Konnect. If you created this Konnect organization, your account
is part of the organization admin team by default.
- The quick setup script requires Docker and a Unix shell (for example, bash or
zsh). Platform-specific tools and permissions:
Set up a new runtime instance
Kong Gateway data planes proxy service traffic.
From the left navigation menu, open Runtime Manager.
default runtime group.
Every account starts with one group named
default. If you have an
Enterprise subscription, you can create additional custom groups.
Click Add runtime instance.
The page opens to a runtime configuration form with the Docker tab
Click Copy Script.
Replace the placeholder for
<your-password> with your own
Kong Konnect password.
Run the script on any host you choose.
This script creates a Docker container running a
Kong Gateway instance and connects it to your
Kong Konnect account.
Click Done to go to the Runtime Instances page.
Once the script has finished running, the runtime instances table will include
a new entry for your instance and the tag in the Sync Status column should
say In Sync.
The default proxy URL for this runtime is
note of this URL, as you’ll need it later to access a service
Note: The certificates generated by Konnect have a ten (10) year expiration
date by default. If you bring your own certificates, make sure to monitor the
expiration date. To rotate certificates, see
Summary and next steps
In this step, you ran a script which set up a Docker container with a
Kong Gateway instance, adding your first runtime to the Runtime
Next, set up a your first Konnect service through Kong Konnect.