Kong Mesh with Docker
To install and run Kong Mesh on Docker:
Finally, you can follow the Quickstart to take it from here and continue your Kong Mesh journey.
The official Docker images are used by default in the Kubernetes distributions.
You have a license for Kong Mesh.
1. Download Kong Mesh
Kong Mesh provides the following Docker images for all of its executables, hosted on Docker Hub:
- kuma-cp: at
- kuma-dp: at
- kumactl: at
- kuma-prometheus-sd: at
Note: Kong Mesh also has UBI images, image names are prefixed with
ubi. For example
docker pull each image that you need. For example:
docker pull kong/kuma-cp:2.1.1
2. Run Kong Mesh
Run the control plane with:
docker run \ -p 5681:5681 \ -v /path/to/license.json:/license.json \ -e "KMESH_LICENSE_PATH=/license.json" \ kong/kuma-cp:2.1.1 run
/path/to/license.json is the path to a valid Kong Mesh
license file on the host that will be mounted as
/license.json into the
This example will run Kong Mesh in standalone mode for a flat deployment, but there are more advanced deployment modes like multi-zone.
This runs Kong Mesh with a memory backend,
but you can use a persistent storage like PostgreSQL by updating the
3. Verify the Installation
Now that Kong Mesh (
kuma-cp) is running, you can access the
control plane using either the GUI, the HTTP API, or the CLI:
You will notice that Kong Mesh automatically creates a
entity with the name
To start using Kong Mesh, see the quickstart guide for Universal deployments. If you are entirely using Docker, you may also be interested in checking out the Kubernetes quickstart as well.