Build the source code

Build the source code on macOS, CentOS, and Ubuntu.


CentOS 7 is the recommended Linux distribution for development and production 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 \
             maven ninja pkg-config pstree wget python


YugabyteDB build scripts rely on Bash 4. Make sure that which bash outputs /usr/local/bin/bash before proceeding. You may need to put /usr/local/bin as the first directory on PATH in your ~/.bashrc to achieve that.


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

  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.8. JDK installers for Linux and macOS can be downloaded from OpenJDK, AdoptOpenJDK, or Azul Systems. Homebrew users on macOS can install using brew install openjdk.
  • Apache Maven 3.3 or later.

Also make sure Maven's bin directory is added to your PATH (for example, by adding to your ~/.bashrc). For example, if you've installed Maven into ~/tools/apache-maven-3.6.3:

export PATH=$HOME/tools/apache-maven-3.6.3/bin:$PATH

Build the code

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

cd ~/code/yugabyte-db
./ release

The command builds the release configuration, puts the C++ binaries in build/release-clang-dynamic-ninja, and creates the build/latest symlink to that directory.

You can find the binaries you just built in the build/latest directory.

Build release package

You can build a release package by executing:

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