Local Installation

This guide will walk you through the recommended path to get Pachyderm running locally on OSX or Linux.

If you hit any errors not covered in this guide, check our troubleshooting docs for common errors, submit an issue on GitHub, join our users channel on Slack, or email us at support@pachyderm.io and we can help you right away.



Kubernetes offers a fantastic guide to install minikube. Follow the Kubernetes installation guide to install Virtual Box, Minikibe, and Kubectl. Then come back here to install Pachyderm.


pachctl is a command-line utility used for interacting with a Pachyderm cluster.

# For OSX:
$ brew tap pachyderm/tap && brew install pachctl

# For Linux (64 bit):
$ curl -o /tmp/pachctl.deb -L https://pachyderm.io/pachctl.deb && sudo dpkg -i /tmp/pachctl.deb

To check that installation was successful, you can try running pachctl help, which should return a list of Pachyderm commands.

Deploy Pachyderm

Now that you have Minikube running, it’s incredibly easy to deploy Pachyderm.

pachctl deploy local

This generates a Pachyderm manifest and deploys Pachyderm on Kubernetes. It may take a few minutes for the pachd nodes to be running because it’s pulling containers from DockerHub. You can see the cluster status by using kubectl get all:

$ kubectl get all
NAME               READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
po/etcd-xzc0d      1/1       Running   0          55s
po/pachd-6m6wm     1/1       Running   0          55s
po/rethink-388b3   1/1       Running   0          55s

rc/etcd      1         1         1         55s
rc/pachd     1         1         1         55s
rc/rethink   1         1         1         55s

NAME             CLUSTER-IP   EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)                                          AGE
svc/etcd    <none>        2379/TCP,2380/TCP                                55s
svc/kubernetes     <none>        443/TCP                                          9m
svc/pachd    <nodes>       650:30650/TCP,651:30651/TCP                      55s
svc/rethink    <nodes>       8080:32080/TCP,28015:32081/TCP,29015:32085/TCP   55s

jobs/pachd-init   1         1            55s

Note: If you see a few restarts on the pachd nodes, that’s ok. That simply means that Kubernetes tried to bring up those containers before Rethink was ready so it restarted them.

Port Forwarding

The last step is to set up port forwarding so commands you send can reach Pachyderm within the VM. We background this process since port forwarding blocks.

$ pachctl port-forward &

Once port forwarding is complete, pachctl should automatically be connected. Try pachctl version to make sure everything is working.

$ pachctl version
pachctl             1.3.2
pachd               1.3.2

We’re good to go!

Next Steps

Now that you have everything installed and working, check out our Beginner Tutorial to learn the basics of Pachyderm such as adding data and building analysis pipelines.