How-To: Install Dapr into your local environment

Install Dapr in your local environment for testing and self-hosting


  • Install Dapr CLI
  • Install Docker Desktop
    • Windows users ensure that Docker Desktop For Windows uses Linux containers.

By default Dapr will install with a developer environment using Docker containers to get you started easily. This getting started guide assumes Docker is installed to ensure the best experience. However, Dapr does not depend on Docker to run. Read this page for instructions on installing Dapr locally without Docker using slim init.

Initialize Dapr using the CLI

This step will install the latest Dapr Docker containers and setup a developer environment to help you get started easily with Dapr.

  1. Ensure you are in an elevated terminal:

    • Linux/MacOS: if you run your docker cmds with sudo or the install path is /usr/local/bin(default install path), you need to use sudo
    • Windows: make sure that you run the cmd terminal in administrator mode
  2. Run dapr init --runtime-version 1.0.0-rc.1

    $ dapr init
    āŒ›  Making the jump to hyperspace...
    Downloading binaries and setting up components
    āœ…  Success! Dapr is up and running. To get started, go here:
  3. Verify installation

    From a command prompt run the docker ps command and check that the daprio/dapr, openzipkin/zipkin, and redis container images are running:

    $ docker ps
    CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED              STATUS              PORTS                              NAMES
    67bc611a118c        daprio/dapr         "./placement"            About a minute ago   Up About a minute>50005/tcp            dapr_placement
    855f87d10249        openzipkin/zipkin   "/busybox/sh"     About a minute ago   Up About a minute   9410/tcp,>9411/tcp   dapr_zipkin
    71cccdce0e8f        redis               "docker-entrypoint.sā€¦"   About a minute ago   Up About a minute>6379/tcp             dapr_redis
  4. Visit our hello world quickstart or dive into the Dapr building blocks

(optional) Install a specific runtime version

You can install or upgrade to a specific version of the Dapr runtime using dapr init --runtime-version. You can find the list of versions in Dapr Release.

# Install v0.11.3 runtime
$ dapr init --runtime-version 0.11.3

# Check the versions of cli and runtime
$ dapr --version
cli version: v0.11.0
runtime version: v0.11.2

Uninstall Dapr in self-hosted mode

This command will remove the placement Dapr container:

$ dapr uninstall

For Linux/MacOS users, if you run your docker cmds with sudo or the install path is /usr/local/bin(default install path), you need to use sudo dapr uninstall to remove dapr binaries and/or the containers.

Configure Redis

Unlike Dapr self-hosted, redis is not pre-installed out of the box on Kubernetes. To install Redis as a state store or as a pub/sub message bus in your Kubernetes cluster see How-To: Setup Redis

Last modified November 20, 2020: Rc1 merge (#942) (ae380d1)