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 data plane.
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 runtime instances.
- 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:
- All platforms: Docker and jq installed
Linux: User added to the
- Windows: Docker Desktop installed and integrated with a WSL 2 backend.
Set up a new runtime instance
Kong Gateway data planes proxy service traffic.
From the left navigation menu, open Runtime Manager.
Every account starts with one group named
default. If you have an Enterprise subscription, you can create additional custom groups.
Click New Runtime Instance.
The page opens to a runtime configuration form with the Docker tab selected.
Click Generate Script.
Copy and 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.
Once Konnect detects your runtime instance, click Done to go back to the Runtime Instances page.
The runtime instances table will now 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 Renew Certificates
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 Manager.
Next, set up a your first Konnect service through Kong Konnect.