Installing Vault is simple. There are two approaches to installing Vault:
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.
To install the precompiled binary, download the appropriate package for your system. Vault 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 Vault (or
vault.exe for Windows). Any
additional files, if any, aren't required to run Vault.
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 Vault repository from GitHub into your
```shell mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/hashicorp && cd $_ git clone https://github.com/hashicorp/vault.git cd vault ```
- Bootstrap the project. This will download and compile libraries and tools needed to compile Vault:
```shell $ make bootstrap ```
- Build Vault for your current system and put the
./bin/(relative to the git checkout). The
make devtarget is just a shortcut that builds
vaultfor only your local build environment (no cross-compiled targets).
```shell $ make dev ```
»Verifying the Installation
To verify Vault is properly installed, run
vault -h 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 Vault not being found.