Quick start

Create a local cluster on a single host

The local cluster setup on a single host is intended for development and learning. For production deployment, performance benchmarking, or deploying a true multi-node on multi-host setup, see Deploy YugabyteDB.

Note that the Docker option to run local clusters is recommended only for advanced Docker users. This is due to the fact that running stateful applications such as YugabyteDB in Docker is more complex and error-prone than running stateless applications.

Install YugabyteDB


Before installing YugabyteDB, ensure that you have the Docker runtime installed on your localhost. To download and install Docker, select one of the following environments:

Docker for Mac

Docker for CentOS

Docker for Ubuntu

Docker for Debian

Docker for Windows


Pull the YugabyteDB container by executing the following command:

docker pull yugabytedb/yugabyte:

Create a local cluster

Use the yugabyted utility to create and manage universes.

To create a 1-node cluster with a replication factor (RF) of 1, run the following command:

docker run -d --name yugabyte -p7000:7000 -p9000:9000 -p15433:15433 -p5433:5433 -p9042:9042 \
 yugabytedb/yugabyte: bin/yugabyted start \

If you are running macOS Monterey, replace -p7000:7000 with -p7001:7000. This is necessary because Monterey enables AirPlay receiving by default, which listens on port 7000. This conflicts with YugabyteDB and causes yugabyted start to fail unless you forward the port as shown. Alternatively, you can disable AirPlay receiving, then start YugabyteDB normally, and then, optionally, re-enable AirPlay receiving.

Run the following command to check the container status:

docker ps
CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                               COMMAND                  CREATED         STATUS         PORTS                                                                                                                                                                                               NAMES
c1c98c29149b   yugabytedb/yugabyte:2024.1.0.0-b129   "/sbin/tini -- bin/y…"   7 seconds ago   Up 5 seconds>5433/tcp, 6379/tcp, 7100/tcp,>7000/tcp,>9000/tcp, 7200/tcp, 9100/tcp, 10100/tcp, 11000/tcp,>9042/tcp,>15433/tcp, 12000/tcp   yugabyte

Run the following command to check the cluster status:

docker exec -it yugabyte yugabyted status
|                                                yugabyted                                                 |
| Status              : Running.                                                                           |
| Replication Factor  : 1                                                                                  |
| YugabyteDB UI       :                                                            |
| JDBC                : jdbc:postgresql://                  |
| YSQL                : bin/ysqlsh -h  -U yugabyte -d yugabyte                                  |
| YCQL                : bin/ycqlsh 9042 -u cassandra                                            |
| Data Dir            : /root/var/data                                                                     |
| Log Dir             : /root/var/logs                                                                     |
| Universe UUID       : f4bae205-4b4f-4dcc-9656-a04354cb9301                                               |

Run Docker in a persistent volume

In the preceding docker run command, the data stored in YugabyteDB does not persist across container restarts. To make YugabyteDB persist data across restarts, you can add a volume mount option to the docker run command, as follows:

  • Create a ~/yb_data directory by executing the following command:

    mkdir ~/yb_data
  • Run Docker with the volume mount option by executing the following command:

    docker run -d --name yugabyte \
             -p7000:7000 -p9000:9000 -p15433:15433 -p5433:5433 -p9042:9042 \
             -v ~/yb_data:/home/yugabyte/yb_data \
             yugabytedb/yugabyte:latest bin/yugabyted start \
             --base_dir=/home/yugabyte/yb_data \

    If running macOS Monterey, replace -p7000:7000 with -p7001:7000.

Connect to the database

The cluster you have created consists of two processes:

  • YB-Master keeps track of various metadata (list of tables, users, roles, permissions, and so on).
  • YB-TServer is responsible for the actual end user requests for data updates and queries.

Using the YugabyteDB SQL shell, ysqlsh, you can connect to your cluster and interact with it using distributed SQL. ysqlsh is installed with YugabyteDB and is located in the bin directory of the YugabyteDB home directory.

To open the YSQL shell, run ysqlsh.

docker exec -it yugabyte bash -c '/home/yugabyte/bin/ysqlsh --echo-queries --host $(hostname)'
ysqlsh (11.2-YB-
Type "help" for help.


To load sample data and explore an example using ysqlsh, refer to Retail Analytics.

Monitor your cluster

When you start a cluster using yugabyted, you can monitor the cluster using the YugabyteDB UI, available at localhost:15433.

YugabyteDB UI Cluster Overview

The YugabyteDB UI provides cluster status, node information, performance metrics, and more.