Build the source code

Build the source code.


AlmaLinux 8 is the recommended Linux development platform for YugabyteDB.

Install necessary packages

First, install Homebrew, if you do not already have it. Homebrew is used to install the other required packages.

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(
  curl -fsSL"

Install the following packages using Homebrew:

brew install autoconf automake bash ccache cmake coreutils gnu-tar libtool \
             ninja pkg-config pstree wget python


YugabyteDB build scripts require at least Bash version 4. Make sure that bash --version outputs a version of 4 or higher before proceeding. You may need to put /usr/local/bin (Intel) or /opt/homebrew/bin (Apple Silicon) as the first directory on PATH in your ~/.bashrc to achieve that.


YugabyteDB core is written in C and C++, but the repository contains Java code needed to run some tests and sample applications. To build the Java part, you need:

  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 8 or 11.
  • Apache Maven 3.3 or later.

Install the following packages to satisfy those requirements:

brew install openjdk@11 maven

Don't forget to add JDK binaries to PATH, ensuring this version takes precedence. For example,

# On apple silicon mac.
echo 'export PATH="/opt/local/homebrew/opt/openjdk@11/bin:$PATH"' >>~/.bashrc
# On intel mac.
echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/opt/openjdk@11/bin:$PATH"' >>~/.bashrc


yugabyted-ui is a UI for yugabyted. By default, it is not built unless the corresponding build option is specified or a release package is being built. To build it, npm and Go 1.18 or higher are required.

Build the code

Assuming this repository is checked out in ~/code/yugabyte-db, do the following:

cd ~/code/yugabyte-db
./ release

The command above will build the release configuration, add the binaries into the build/release-<compiler>-dynamic-ninja directory, and create a build/latest symlink to that directory.


If you see errors, such as internal compiler error: Killed, the system has probably run out of memory. Try again by running the build script with less concurrency, for example, -j1.

For more details about building and testing, refer to Build and test.

Build release package (optional)

Perform the following steps to build a release package:

  1. Satisfy requirements for building yugabyted-ui.

  2. Run the yb_release script using the following command:

    2020-10-27 13:55:40,856 [ INFO] Generated a package at '/Users/me/code/yugabyte-db/build/yugabyte-'