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Install on Ubuntu

These are steps to install Aerospike on Ubuntu operating systems.

Assumed skills

These instructions assume that you have the following skills or understanding:

  • Familiarity with the Linux operating system you are installing on.
  • Shell commands like wget or apt-get, tar, and editors.
  • TCP/IP networking.


  • To install, you must have root access or permission to run sudo.
  • For Aerospike Database 5.1 and later, be sure to install the proper version of libcurl. See libcurl Required.
  • In server 6.3 Aerospike gains compatibility with OpenSSL 3, to support Ubuntu 22.04, RHEL 9/CentOS Stream 9, and other Linux distributions that support OpenSSL 3. The Aerospike server and clients retain compatibility with OpenSSL 1.1.

Download the package

See Download Aerospike Database for more details on manual or automated downloads of server versions.

# In server version 6.2 and later
wget -O aerospike.tgz
# In server versions prior to 6.2
wget -O aerospike.tgz

For version 4.5.x or earlier of the Aerospike EE, use the following command and enter your username and password:

wget -O aerospike.tgz --user='userName' --password='passWord'

Extract the contents of the package

To extract the contents of the package, run the following:

tar -xvf aerospike.tgz

The contents are extracted to a directory with a name similar to the following, where community_or_enterprise depends on the version of the server you downloaded:

The directory includes:

Install and Configure Aerospike

Install Aerospike Database

To install the server and the tools packages, run the following from the command line:

cd aerospike-server-enterprise-*
sudo ./asinstall

For a description of files and directories that are installed, see Directory Structure.

Alternatively, you can install the Debian packages directly.

Debian Format


edition: community, enterprise, federal

version:, and so on

distro: ubuntu18.04, ubuntu20.04

architecture: amd64, arm64 based on dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_ARCH

sudo dpkg -i aerospike-server-enterprise_6.2.0.0-1ubuntu20.04_arm64.deb
sudo dpkg -i aerospike-tools_8.1.0-ubuntu20.04_arm64.deb

Troubleshooting the installation

If there are errors during the installation, consult Troubleshooting Install Problems. The Knowledge Base is also a good source of troubleshooting tips.

Configure Aerospike

Installation establishes the server's default configuration. An in-memory test namespace is configured by default. See Configure Aerospike Database to modify and tune the configuration.

Add devices and more

To add SSDs, make sure to read about setup and initialization.

Configure EE feature-key file


Aerospike EE requires a feature-key file to start up and optionally enable gated features, such as compression.

Since server 6.1 the feature-key file for a single-node cluster is provided, so the server will start up automatically.

Configure logging

To configure logging for the Aerospike database, refer to Configuring Log Files.

Start Aerospike

The Aerospike-included init script /etc/init.d/aerospike manages the Aerospike Database Daemon /usr/bin/asd.

In addition, the Aerospike database can be controlled with standard systemctl commands. For details, see Aerospike Daemon Management.

Troubleshoot the startup

If there are errors during start up, see Startup Problems. The Knowledge Base is also a good source of troubleshooting tips.

Verify Aerospike is running

For details on getting the status of the Aerospike database with systemctl, see Aerospike Daemon Management.