Do a Quick Install
First-time users can get Couchbase Server running simply and rapidly by using Docker. After it has been downloaded, a single command is all you need; to obtain, install, configure, and run Couchbase Server.
Docker is a freely available application that lets you install a fully configured Couchbase Server with a single command. To download Docker, go to the Docker installation page. This displays an Install the Platform pane:
Pick the version of Docker that is appropriate for your platform: Mac, Windows, or Linux. Then, left-click on the corresponding Download or Install button:
On Mac, the
Docker.dmgpackage is now downloaded. When the download has completed, open the package by double left-clicking on the icon. An interactive screen is then displayed: follow the instruction it provides, and drag-and-drop Docker into your Applications folder.
On Windows, when you left-click on the Download, button, a
.msifile is downloaded. When the download has completed, open the file, and proceed as directed with installation.
On Linux, a list of Docker-supported distributions is displayed. From this list, pick the entry that corresponds to your current platform. You now see an instruction-page, provided by Docker. Follow these instructions, to perform installation.
Note: For installation, you may need supervisor privileges on your machine (obtained, for example, by means of the
sudo command, on MacOS and Linux).
First, bring up an interactive console on your screen. Then, against the console-prompt, enter the following command:
$ docker run -t --name db -p 8091-8094:8091-8094 -p 11210:11210 couchbase/server-sandbox:5.1.1
Docker now obtains, downloads, installs, and configures Couchbase Server. During the download process, you see output like the following, in your console:
$ docker run -t --name db -p 8091-8094:8091-8094 -p 11210:11210 couchbase/server-sandbox:5.1.1 Unable to find image 'couchbase/server:sandbox' locally sandbox: Pulling from couchbase/server 862a3e9af0ae: Pull complete 6498e51874bf: Pull complete 159ebdd1959b: Pull complete 0fdbedd3771a: Pull complete 7a1f7116d1e3: Pull complete b46618b72574: Pull complete 67ea61a8c297: Pull complete 969bb5073704: Pull complete ef8eeaf0285d: Pull complete 1a797cd531fd: Pull complete 2667ee2d486a: Pull complete d12025fc6fb6: Pull complete fc670031c36d: Pull complete da07033be0a7: Pull complete Digest: sha256:02231569d6ac86c0f5a05bd53665e76472ccd515de460bb56f6e621c868b6305
Eventually, Couchbase Server is started, in a Docker virtual environment:
. . . Starting Couchbase Server -- Web UI available at http://<ip>:8091 and logs available in /opt/couchbase/var/lib/couchbase/logs Configuring Couchbase Server. Please wait (~60 sec)... Configuring index and memory quotas Configuring Services Creating default Administrator credentials Enabling memory optimized indexes Loading travel-sample bucket Configuration completed - Couchbase Admin UI: http://localhost:8091
When start-up is thus concluded, Couchbase Server is running in a default configuration, and can be accessed.
Note: From this point, while you are using Couchbase Server, don’t close the console; since this terminates both Docker and Couchbase Server.
You can now proceed directly to the next stage of the Getting Started sequence, and Look at the Results of your installation and configuration, using the Couchbase Web Console.
At the end of the Getting Started sequence, you’ll find a comprehensive list of links; which allow you to investigate in greater detail all the subjects introduced on this page. However, if you don’t want to wait, you can learn more about Couchbase Server installation and configuration right away, by visiting the following locations:
Installing On-Premises explains how to install Couchbase Server directly onto your host, without the use of Docker or any other virtual environment. This kind of direct install is the one you will certainly use for production-deployments, and possibly for additional development and testing activities.
Initialize the Cluster provides a detailed explanation of how to custom-configure Couchbase Server at start-up. This is the procedure you will certainly use in production; as well as for testing different configurations. The available options include use of the Couchbase Web Console UI, the Couchbase REST API, and the Couchbase Command Line Interface.
Couchbase Server Startup and Shutdown tells you how to start and stop the server, using commands specific to your underlying platform.
Optionally, when you have inspected these other destinations, you can return to the current page, and continue working through the Getting Started sequence.