There are several options to install Vault:
HashiCorp regularly releases new versions of Vault in the form of "major" and "minor" releases. Vault typically uses version numbers in the form of X.Y.Z, and very rarely the form X.Y.Z.A.
Vault version numbers do not conform to semver. Vault major releases are identified by a change in the second (Y) digit. Vault minor releases are identified by a change in the third (Z) digit. Vault denotes a release with Enterprise only changes using the fourth (A) digit. HashiCorp's Support and End-of-Life policy covers versioning in more detail.
HashiCorp does not require upgrading to each major (Y digit) Vault release immediately when it becomes available. HashiCorp does strongly encourage upgrading Vault to the latest minor (Z digit) patch in a supported major release.
HashiCorp manages packages for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, RHEL, Amazon Linux, and other distributions. Follow the instructions at HashiCorp Tutorials to add our PGP key, add a repository, and install.
To install the precompiled binary, download the applicable package for your system. Vault is packaged as a zip file.
Once the zip is downloaded, unzip the file into your designated directory. The
inside is all that is necessary to run Vault (or
vault.exe for Windows). No
additional files are required to run Vault.
Copy the binary to your system. If you intend to access it from the
command-line, ensure that you place the binary somewhere on your
Refer to the HashiCorp Tutorials to start a server,
your first secret, and use other features of Vault.
Clone the Vault repository from GitHub into your
$ mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/hashicorp && cd $_
$ git clone https://github.com/hashicorp/vault.git
$ cd vault
Bootstrap the project. This will download and compile libraries and tools needed to compile Vault:
$ make bootstrap
Build Vault for your current system and put the binary in
./bin/ (relative to
the git checkout). The
make dev target is just a shortcut that builds
for only your local build environment (no cross-compiled targets).
$ make dev
To verify Vault is installed, run
vault -h on your system. You should
see the help output. If you are executing it from the command line, ensure it is
PATH to avoid receiving an error that Vault is not found.
$ vault -h
Following tutorials provide some guidance on production cluster deployment: