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Install CockroachDB

Download a cockroach binary as described in the CockroachDB docs. ZITADEL is tested against CockroachDB v22.1.0.

Run CockroachDB

cockroach start-single-node --insecure --background --http-addr :9090 --listen-addr=localhost



brew install zitadel/tap/zitadel

Download from GitHub

Download the ZITADEL release according to your architecture from Github

Unpack the archive

move to your download location and unpack the archive

#unpack and copy to /usr/local/bin
LATEST=$(curl -i | grep location: | cut -d '/' -f 8 | tr -d '\r'); wget -qO-$LATEST/zitadel_Darwin_$(uname -m).tar.gz | tar -xJ zitadel && sudo mv zitadel /usr/local/bin


ZITADEL_EXTERNALSECURE=false zitadel start-from-init --masterkey "MasterkeyNeedsToHave32Characters" --tlsMode disabled

Open your favorite internet browser and navigate to http://localhost:8080/ui/console. This is the default IAM admin users login:

  • username: zitadel-admin@zitadel.localhost
  • password: Password1!

In the above username, replace localhost with your configured external domain, if any. e.g. with

What's next

For running a production grade ZITADEL instance in your environment, go on with the configure ZITADEL section.


The ZITADEL management console requires end-to-end HTTP/2 support


This guide is for development / demonstration purpose only and does NOT reflect a production setup.

Things such as TLS termination and email verification will not be available unless you

  • Use an API gateway with valid certificates in front of the service
  • Configure an appropriate email server