»Waypoint Server Installation

The recommended way to install the server is using the waypoint install command. This command will install a server into Docker, Kubernetes, or Nomad, bootstrap the server, and configure your local CLI to access that server. It is a single command to get up and running with Waypoint.

You can also run and configure the server manually using the waypoint server run command. This is meant for more advanced users who want to run Waypoint in a platform that the install command doesn't support or to fine-tune the configuration of the server.


For details on upgrading the server, please see the general Waypoint upgrade documentation.

»Manually Running the Server

waypoint install is built to help you setup a Waypoint server, but we understand there are going to be many cases where you'll want to run Waypoint manually. To run a Waypoint server manually, you'll use the waypoint server run command.

The instructions below are only if you're manually running a server with waypoint server run.

»Start the Server

First, start the server:

$ waypoint server run -db=data.db -accept-tos

» Server configuration:

             DB Path: data.db
        gRPC Address:
        HTTP Address:
       Auth Required: yes
  Browser UI Enabled: yes
         URL Service: api.waypoint.run:443 (account: token)


The waypoint server run command takes a variety of flags for configuration. See the CLI help output for more information.

»Bootstrap the Server

If this is your first time starting the server against the configured database path, then you will be required to bootstrap the server to retrieve the initial auth token.

The waypoint server run output should contain instructions on how to do this, including a CLI command you can copy and paste. The output should look like the following:

$ waypoint server run -accept-tos

» Server requires bootstrapping!

  New servers must be bootstrapped to retrieve the initial auth token for
  connections. To bootstrap this server, run the following command in your
  terminal once the server is up and running.

    waypoint server bootstrap -server-addr= -server-tls-skip-verify

  This command will bootstrap the server and setup a CLI context.

Copy and paste that command to bootstrap:

$ waypoint server bootstrap -server-addr= -server-tls-skip-verify

This will output the bootstrap token but more importantly this will configure a CLI context automatically. You can now verify the connection using waypoint context verify.


At this point, the running server is ready for use!