Vault must first be installed on your machine. Vault is distributed as a binary package for all supported platforms and architectures. This page will not cover how to compile Vault from source, but compiling from source is covered in the documentation for those who want to be sure they're compiling source they trust into the final binary.
To install Vault, find the appropriate package for your system and download it. Vault is packaged as a zip archive.
After downloading Vault, unzip the package. Vault runs as a single binary
vault. Any other files in the package can be safely removed and
Vault will still function.
The final step is to make sure that the
vault binary is available on the
See this page
for instructions on setting the PATH on Linux and Mac.
contains instructions for setting the PATH on Windows.
Verifying the Installation
After installing Vault, verify the installation worked by opening a new
terminal session and checking that the
vault binary is available. By executing
vault, you should see help output similar to the following:
$ vault Usage: vault <command> [args] Common commands: read Read data and retrieves secrets write Write data, configuration, and secrets delete Delete secrets and configuration list List data or secrets login Authenticate locally server Start a Vault server status Print seal and HA status unwrap Unwrap a wrapped secret Other commands: audit Interact with audit devices auth Interact with auth methods lease Interact with leases operator Perform operator-specific tasks path-help Retrieve API help for paths policy Interact with policies secrets Interact with secrets engines ssh Initiate an SSH session token Interact with tokens
If you get an error that the binary could not be found, then your
environment variable was not setup properly. Please go back and ensure that your
PATH variable contains the directory where Vault was installed.
Otherwise, Vault is installed and ready to go!
Vault also includes command-line completion for subcommands, flags, and path arguments where supported. To install command-line completion, you must be using Bash, ZSH or Fish. Unfortunately other shells are not supported at this time.
To install completions, run:
This will automatically install the helpers in your
~/.zshrc, or to
~/.config/fish/completions/vault.fish for Fish users. Then restart your terminal
or reload your shell:
Now when you type
vault <tab>, Vault will suggest options. This is very
helpful for beginners and advanced Vault users.