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Version: 3.9.0


Apache APISIX is a dynamic, real-time, and high-performance API Gateway. It is a top-level project of the Apache Software Foundation.

You can use APISIX API Gateway as a traffic entrance to process all business data. It offers features including dynamic routing, dynamic upstream, dynamic certificates, A/B testing, canary release, blue-green deployment, limit rate, defense against malicious attacks, metrics, monitoring alarms, service observability, service governance, and more.

In addition, the project also offers APISIX Ingress Controller, an open-source ingress controller that allows you to manage external client traffic to services running in a Kubernetes cluster. The APISIX Ingress Controller routes incoming traffic to specific services based on the requested URL path or hostname.

This tutorial covers two installation methods for you to quickly get started with APISIX:

  • Start APISIX in a Docker container with a quickstart script and configure APISIX using Admin API
  • Start APISIX Ingress Controller on a kind Kubernetes cluster.

Alternatively, you can also use API7 Cloud, a cloud service, to manage APISIX.


  • Install Docker to be used in the quickstart script to create containerized etcd and APISIX.
  • Install cURL to be used in the quickstart script and to send requests to APISIX for verification.



To provide a better experience in this tutorial, the requirement of Admin API key is switched off by default. Please turn on the API key requirement of Admin API in the production environment.

Start APISIX in Docker with the quickstart script:

curl -sL "" | sh

The script starts two Docker containers, apisix-quickstart and etcd-quickstart in the apisix-quickstart-net Docker network, where etcd is used to store APISIX configurations.

You should see the following message once APISIX is ready:

✔ APISIX is ready!

Verify Installation​

Send a request to see if APISIX is running:

curl -sI "" | grep Server

If everything is ok, you should see the APISIX version:

Server: APISIX/3.9.0

APISIX is now installed and running.

Next Steps​

Please keep the APISIX or APISIX Ingress Controller instance started in this tutorial running to proceed with the following tutorials:

The APISIX instance started with the quickstart script and the APISIX Ingress Controller instance started with kind are not optimized for production. For production installation, please see the production installation options for more information. Logo

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