Getting started with the ccloud CLI tool in CockroachDB 22.1

Getting started with the ccloud CLI tool in CockroachDB 22.1
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What's new in 22.1?

A cloud API, Prisma support, row-level TTL, and a whole lot more!

Check it out!

Let’s be real: while there’s nothing wrong with a nice GUI, doing things with the command line is just faster. At least once you know what you’re doing.

That’s why in CockroachDB 22.1, we’ve added a new tool that’s designed to make it faster and easier than ever to create and manage CockroachDB clusters right from the command line: ccloud.

How to get started with ccloud

Getting up and running and spinning up your first cluster takes just a couple of minutes! Here’s a video that walks through how to do it:

Download the ccloud tool

If you don’t already have it installed, you will need to download and install ccloud on your machine. You can do this from the command line in a few different ways:

Install with Homebrew (assuming you already have Homebrew installed):

brew install cockroachdb/tap/ccloud

Download the binary (Mac):

curl | tar -xJ && cp -i ccloud /usr/local/bin/

Download the binary (M1 Mac):

curl | tar -xJ && cp -i ccloud /usr/local/bin/

Download the binary (Linux):

curl | tar -xz && cp -i ccloud /usr/local/bin/

Download the binary (Windows):

$ErrorActionPreference = "Stop"; [Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; $ProgressPreference = 'SilentlyContinue'; $null = New-Item -Type Directory -Force $env:appdata/ccloud; Invoke-WebRequest -Uri -OutFile; Expand-Archive -Force -Path; Copy-Item -Force ccloud/ccloud.exe -Destination $env:appdata/ccloud; $Env:PATH += ";$env:appdata/ccloud"; # We recommend adding ";$env:appdata/ccloud" to the Path variable for your system environment. See for more information.

Create a new cluster and connect to it

Once you’ve got ccloud installed, to create a new cluster (and connect to it, if you’d like), simply enter the following command and then follow the onscreen prompts. It’s that simple!

ccloud quickstart

Of course, creating a new cluster is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the full documentation to see what else ccloud can do!

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Charlie is a former teacher, tech journalist, and filmmaker who’s now combined those three professions into writing and making videos about databases and application development (and occasionally messing with NLP and Python to create weird things in his spare time).

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