Install CockroachDB on Windows

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CockroachDB v22.1 is no longer supported as of November 24, 2023. For more details, refer to the Release Support Policy.

See Release Notes for what's new in the latest release, v22.1.22. To upgrade to this release from an older version, see Cluster Upgrade.


To deploy a free CockroachDB Cloud cluster instead of running CockroachDB yourself, see the Quickstart.

Install options

Use one of the options below to install CockroachDB.

Download the executable

The CockroachDB executable for Windows is experimental and not suitable for production deployments. Windows 8 or higher is required.

  1. Use PowerShell to download the CockroachDB v22.1.22 archive for Windows and copy the binary into your PATH:

    PS $ErrorActionPreference = "Stop"; [Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12;$ProgressPreference = 'SilentlyContinue'; $null = New-Item -Type Directory -Force $env:appdata/cockroach; Invoke-WebRequest -Uri -OutFile; Expand-Archive -Force -Path; Copy-Item -Force "cockroach/" -Destination $env:appdata/cockroach; $Env:PATH += ";$env:appdata/cockroach"

    We recommend adding ;$env:appdata/cockroach to the PATH variable for your system environment so you can execute cockroach commands from any shell. See Microsoft's environment variable documentation for more information.

  2. Run the following command to make sure the installation succeeded:

    PS cockroach version
  3. Keep up-to-date with CockroachDB releases and best practices:

Use Kubernetes

To orchestrate CockroachDB locally using Kubernetes, either with configuration files or the Helm package manager, see Orchestrate CockroachDB Locally with Minikube.

Use Docker

Running a stateful application like CockroachDB in Docker is more complex and error-prone than most uses of Docker. Unless you are very experienced with Docker, we recommend starting with a different installation and deployment method.
  1. Install Docker for Windows.

    Docker for Windows requires 64bit Windows 10 Pro and Microsoft Hyper-V. Please see the official documentation for more details. Note that if your system does not satisfy the stated requirements, you can try using Docker Toolbox.
  2. Open PowerShell and confirm that the Docker daemon is running in the background:

    PS C:\Users\username> docker version

    If you do not see the server listed, start Docker for Windows.

  3. Share your local drives. This makes it possible to mount local directories as data volumes to persist node data after containers are stopped or deleted.

  4. Pull the image for the v22.1.22 release of CockroachDB from Docker Hub:

    PS C:\Users\username> docker pull cockroachdb/cockroach:v22.1.22
  5. Keep up-to-date with CockroachDB releases and best practices:

What's next?

By default, each node of a CockroachDB cluster periodically shares anonymous usage details with Cockroach Labs. For an explanation of the details that get shared and how to opt-out of reporting, see Diagnostics Reporting.

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