Build the source code

Build the source code.


AlmaLinux 8 is the recommended Linux development platform for YugabyteDB.

The following instructions are for Ubuntu 20.04 or Ubuntu 22.04.

Install necessary packages

Update packages on your system, install development tools and additional packages:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo apt install -y "${packages[@]}"
sudo locale-gen en_US.UTF-8

Python 3

Python 3.7 or higher is required.

sudo apt install -y libffi-dev python3 python3-dev python3-venv

CMake 3

CMake 3.17.3 or higher is required.

The CMake version in the package manager is too old (3.16), so manually download a release as follows:

mkdir ~/tools
curl -L "" | tar xzC ~/tools
# Also add the following line to your .bashrc or equivalent.
export PATH="$HOME/tools/cmake-3.25.2-linux-x86_64/bin:$PATH"


By default, when running build, third-party libraries are not built, and pre-built libraries are downloaded. We also use Linuxbrew to provide some of the third-party dependencies. The build scripts automatically install these in directories under /opt/yb-build. In order for the build script to write under those directories, it needs proper permissions. One way to do that is as follows:

sudo mkdir /opt/yb-build
sudo chown "$(whoami)" /opt/yb-build

Alternatively, specify the build options --no-download-thirdparty and/or --no-linuxbrew. Note that those options may require additional, undocumented steps.

Ninja (optional)

Use Ninja for faster builds.

sudo apt install -y ninja-build

Ccache (optional)

Use Ccache for faster builds.

sudo apt install -y ccache
# Also add the following line to your .bashrc or equivalent.
export YB_CCACHE_DIR="$HOME/.cache/yb_ccache"


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.

The maven package satisfies both requirements.

sudo apt install -y maven


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.

sudo apt install -y npm golang-1.18
# Also add the following line to your .bashrc or equivalent.
export PATH="/usr/lib/go-1.18/bin:$PATH"

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)

Satisfy requirements for building yugabyted-ui.

Install the following additional packages:

sudo apt install -y file patchelf

Run the yb_release script to build a release package:

$ ./yb_release
2023-02-17 01:26:37,156 [ INFO] Generated a package at '/home/user/code/yugabyte-db/build/yugabyte-'


The build may fail with "too many open files". In that case, increase the nofile limit in /etc/security/limits.conf as follows:

echo "* - nofile 1048576" | sudo tee -a /etc/security/limits.conf

Start a new shell session, and check the limit increase with ulimit -n.