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).
No additional files are 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:
$ git clone https://github.com/hashicorp/consul.git $ cd consul
Build Consul for your target system. The binary will be placed in
./bin(relative to the git checkout).
$ make dev
»Verifying the Installation
To verify Consul is properly installed, run
consul version 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 version
»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