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Install Materialize

Materialize was first built as a single binary that runs on a single node: materialized. To support mission-critical deployments at any scale, we are now evolving the binary into a cloud-native platform with built-in horizontal scaling, active replication and decoupled storage.

You can sign up for early access to learn more about the new architecture, and in the meantime use these instructions to install the latest long-term support (LTS) release of Materialize, v0.26.4. Once Materialize is generally available in the cloud (Fall 2022 🚀), Docker will be supported for local development and testing.

WARNING! Support for the ARM CPU architecture is in beta. You may encounter performance and stability issues. Running Materialize on ARM in production is not yet recommended.


We provide the materialize/materialized image in Docker Hub. If you already have Docker installed, you can run materialized with your tools in the usual way. For example:

docker run -p 6875:6875 materialize/materialized:v0.26.4 --workers 1

Using Docker volumes

To persist Materialize metadata, you can create a Docker volume and mount it to the /mzdata directory in the container:

# Create a volume
docker volume create --name mzdata
# Create a container with the volume mounted
docker run -v mzdata:/mzdata -p 6875:6875 materialize/materialized:v0.26.4

macOS installation


Assuming you’ve installed Homebrew:

brew install MaterializeInc/materialize/materialized


curl -L$(uname -m)-apple-darwin.tar.gz \
    | sudo tar -xzC /usr/local --strip-components=1

Linux installation

apt (Ubuntu, Debian, or variants)

NOTE: These instructions changed between versions 0.8.0 and 0.8.1. If you ran them previously, you may need to do so again to continue receiving updates.
# Add the signing key for the Materialize apt repository
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 79DEC5E1B7AE7694
# Add and update the repository
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb generic main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/materialize.list'
sudo apt update
# Install materialized
sudo apt install materialized

apt DEB822 (Ubuntu jammy/22.04+, Debian bookworm/testing+)

For Debian-based distributions with apt version 2.3.10 or later, we offer a DEB822-compliant sources file to install Materialize:

# Add and update the repository
curl | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/materialize.sources
sudo apt update
# Install materialized
sudo apt install materialized


curl -L$(uname -m)-unknown-linux-gnu.tar.gz \
    | sudo tar -xzC /usr/local --strip-components=1

Build from source

Materialize is written primarily in Rust, but incorporates several components written in C. To build Materialize, you will need the following tools:

Your system’s package manager, like Homebrew on macOS or APT on Debian, likely contains sufficiently recent versions of Git, a C compiler, and CMake. However, we recommend installing Rust via rustup. rustup configures your system so that running cargo build in the Materialize repository will automatically download and use the correct version of Rust.

WARNING! Materialize requires a very recent version of Rust. The version of Rust available in your package manager is likely too old.

Once you’ve installed the prerequisites, to build your own materialized binary, you can clone the MaterializeInc/materialize repo from GitHub, and build it using cargo build. Be sure to check out the tag for the correct release.

git clone
cd materialize
git checkout v0.26.4
cargo build --release --bin materialized

Run the binary

You can start the materialized process by running the binary, e.g.

./materialized --workers 1

--workers 1 specifies that the process will use 1 worker. You can also find more detail about our command line flags.

By default materialized uses:

Detail Info
Database materialize
Port 6875

systemd service

If you’ve installed Materialize via apt, you can start it as a service by running:

systemctl start materialized.service

To enable the service to start up at boot, run:

systemctl enable materialized.service

CLI Connections

To connect to a running instance, you can use any Materialize-compatible CLI, like psql. For an overview of compatible SQL clients and their current level of support, check out Tools and Integrations.

For Docker environments, we provide the materialize/cli image, which bundles psql and can be used to spin up a minimal docker-compose setup:

    image: materialize/materialized:v0.26.4
      - "6875:6875"
    image: materialize/cli:v0.26.4

To install the psql client:

brew install postgresql

Once psql is installed, connect using:

psql -U materialize -h localhost -p 6875 materialize

To install the psql client:

apt install postgresql-client

Once psql is installed, connect using:

psql -U materialize -h localhost -p 6875 materialize

Next, let’s get started with Materialize! →