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More Quickstart Options

Note: The quickstart section is for learning purposes. The installations described in this section will not persist your data.
For a production suitable deployment, deploy lakeFS on your cloud.

With the lakeFS Playground

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On Kubernetes with Helm

  1. Install lakeFS on a Kubernetes cluster using Helm:
    # Add the lakeFS Helm repository
    helm repo add lakefs
    # Deploy lakeFS with helm release "my-lakefs"
    helm install my-lakefs lakefs/lakefs
  2. The printed output will help you forward a port to lakeFS, so you can access it from your browser at

  3. Move on to create your first repository in lakeFS.

Using the Binary

Alternatively, you may opt to run the lakefs binary directly on your computer.

  1. Download the lakeFS binary for your operating system:

    Download lakefs

  2. Create a configuration file:

      type: local
        path: "~/lakefs/metadata"
      type: "local"
        path: "~/lakefs/data"
  3. Create a local directories to store objects and metadata:

    mkdir -p ~/lakefs/data ~/lakefs/metadata
  4. Run the server:

    ./lakefs --config /path/to/config.yaml run
  5. Check your installation by opening in your web browser.

  6. You are now ready to create your first repository in lakeFS.

lakeFS “Everything Bagel”

This Docker Compose application includes lakeFS together with other common data tools like Spark, dbt, Trino, Hive, and Jupyter.

Run the following commands to get the Bagel running:

  1. Clone the lakeFS repo: git clone
  2. Start the Docker containers: cd lakeFS/deployments/compose && docker compose up -d

Once the environment is running, open the UI for lakeFS by navigating to http://localhost:8000 in your browser. The login credentials can be found in the docker_compose.yml file in the lakefs-setup section.

Once you are logged in, you should see a page that looks like below.

Setup Done

Note that a repository called example is already created. If your lakeFS installation doesn’t have this repository, click the Create Repository button to do so:

Create Repo