System requirements

The etcd performance benchmarks run etcd on 8 vCPU, 16GB RAM, 50GB SSD GCE instances, but any relatively modern machine with low latency storage and a few gigabytes of memory should suffice for most use cases. Applications with large v2 data stores will require more memory than a large v3 data store since data is kept in anonymous memory instead of memory mapped from a file. For running etcd on a cloud provider, see the Example hardware configuration documentation.

Download the pre-built binary

The easiest way to get etcd is to use one of the pre-built release binaries which are available for OSX, Linux, Windows, appc, and Docker. Instructions for using these binaries are on the GitHub releases page.

Build the latest version

For those wanting to try the very latest version, build etcd from the master branch. Go version 1.9+ is required to build the latest version of etcd. To ensure etcd is built against well-tested libraries, etcd vendors its dependencies for official release binaries. However, etcd’s vendoring is also optional to avoid potential import conflicts when embedding the etcd server or using the etcd client.

To build etcd from the master branch without a GOPATH using the official build script:

$ git clone
$ cd etcd
$ ./build

To build a vendored etcd from the master branch via go get:

# GOPATH should be set
$ echo $GOPATH
$ go get -v
$ go get -v

Test the installation

Check the etcd binary is built correctly by starting etcd and setting a key.

Starting etcd

If etcd is built without using go get, run the following:

$ ./bin/etcd

If etcd is built using go get, run the following:

$ $GOPATH/bin/etcd

Setting a key

Run the following:

$ ./bin/etcdctl put foo bar

(or $GOPATH/bin/etcdctl put foo bar if etcdctl was installed with go get)

If OK is printed, then etcd is working!

Last modified August 17, 2021: fix links in 3.3 (#448) (30938c5)