This page guides you through the initial install of your Zeebe broker. In case you are looking for more detailed information on how to setup and operate Zeebe, make sure to check out the Operations Guide as well.

There are different ways to install Zeebe:

  • Download a distribution
  • Use Docker
  • Use a Linux Distribution package manager (coming soon)


  • Operating System:
    • Windows (development only, not supported for production)
    • Linux (TODO: more details on distros and filesystems)
  • Java Virtual Machine:
    • Oracle Hotspot v1.8+
    • Open JDK v1.8+

Download a distribution

You can always download the latest Zeebe release from the Github release page.

Once you have downloaded a distribution, extract it into a folder of your choice. In order to extract the Zeebe distribution and start the broker, Linux users can type:

$ tar -xzf zeebe-distribution-0.2.0.tar.gz -C zeebe/
$ cd zeebe/bin
$ ./broker

Windows users should probably download the .zippackage and extract it using their favorite unzip tool. They can then open the extracted folder, navigate into the binfolder and start the broker by double-clicking on the broker.bat file.

Once the Zeebe broker has started, it should produce the following output:

10:48:51.153 [main] INFO - Using config file conf/zeebe.cfg.toml
10:48:51.224 [main] INFO - Using data directory: data/
10:48:51.335 [service-container-action-0] INFO - Using data/metrics/metrics.zeebe for counters
10:48:51.690 [actor-runner-service-container] INFO - Bound replicationApi.server to localhost/
10:48:51.692 [actor-runner-service-container] INFO - Bound managementApi.server to localhost/
10:48:51.755 [actor-runner-service-container] INFO  io.zeebe.transport - Bound clientApi.server to /

Using Docker

You can run Zeebe with Docker:

docker run -p 51015:51015 camunda/zeebe:0.2.0

Exposed Ports

  • 51015: Client API
  • 51016: Management API for broker to broker communcation
  • 51017: Replication API for broker to broker replication


The default data volume is under /usr/local/zeebe/bin/data it contains all data which should be persisted.


The Zeebe configuration is located under /usr/local/zeebe/conf/zeebe.cfg.toml. The logging configuration is located under /usr/local/zeebe/conf/log4j2.xml.

The configuration of the docker image can be changed also using environment variables.

Available environment variables:


Sets the log level of the Zeebe Logger (default: info).


If set to true applies some configuration changes in order to run zeebe in a kubernetes environment. Please note that the recommended method to run zeebe on kubernetes is using the zeebe-operator.

Mac and Windows users

Note: On systems which use a VM to run Docker containers like Mac and Windows the VM needs at least 4GB of memory otherwise Zeebe fails to start with an error similar to:

Exception in thread "actor-runner-service-container" java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Direct buffer memory
        at java.nio.Bits.reserveMemory(
        at java.nio.DirectByteBuffer.<init>(
        at java.nio.ByteBuffer.allocateDirect(
        at io.zeebe.util.allocation.DirectBufferAllocator.allocate(
        at io.zeebe.util.allocation.BufferAllocators.allocateDirect(
        at io.zeebe.dispatcher.DispatcherBuilder.initAllocatedBuffer(
        at io.zeebe.servicecontainer.impl.ServiceController$InvokeStartState.doWork(
        at io.zeebe.servicecontainer.impl.ServiceController.doWork(
        at io.zeebe.servicecontainer.impl.ServiceContainerImpl.doWork(

If you use a Docker setup with docker-machine and your default VM does not have 4GB of memory you can create a new one with the following command.

docker-machine create --driver virtualbox --virtualbox-memory 4000 zeebe

Verify that the Docker Machine is running correctly:

$ docker-machine ls
NAME        ACTIVE   DRIVER       STATE     URL                         SWARM   DOCKER        ERRORS
zeebe     *        virtualbox   Running   tcp://           v17.03.1-ce

Configure your terminal:

eval $(docker-machine env zeebe)

Then run Zeebe:

docker run --rm -p 51015:51015 -p 51016:51016 -p 51017:51017 camunda/zeebe:latest

To get ip of Zeebe:

$ docker-machine ip zeebe

Verify you can connect to Zeebe:

$ telnet 51015

Linux Distribution Packages

Coming Soon!