Installing Consul is simple. There are three approaches to installing Consul:
Downloading a precompiled binary is easiest, and we provide downloads over TLS along with SHA256 sums to verify the binary. We also distribute a PGP signature with the SHA256 sums that can be verified.
The Getting Started guides provide a quick walkthrough of installing and using Consul on your local machine.
To install the precompiled binary, download the appropriate package for your system. Consul is currently packaged as a zip file. We do not have any near term plans to provide system packages.
Once the zip is downloaded, unzip it into any directory. The
inside is all that is necessary to run Consul (or
consul.exe for Windows). Any
additional files, if any, aren't required to run Consul.
Copy the binary to anywhere on your system. If you intend to access it from the
command-line, make sure to place it somewhere on your
»Compiling from Source
Clone the Consul repository from GitHub into your
$ mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/hashicorp && cd !$ $ git clone https://github.com/hashicorp/consul.git $ cd consul
Bootstrap the project. This will download and compile libraries and tools needed to compile Consul:
$ make tools
Build Consul for your current system and put the binary in
./bin/(relative to the git checkout). The
make devtarget is just a shortcut that builds
consulfor only your local build environment (no cross-compiled targets).
$ make dev
»Verifying the Installation
To verify Consul is properly installed, run
consul -v on your system. You
should see help output. If you are executing it from the command line, make sure
it is on your PATH or you may get an error about Consul not being found.
$ consul -v
»Browser Compatibility Considerations
Consul currently supports all 'evergreen' browsers, as they are generally on up-to-date versions. For more information on supported browsers, please see our FAQ