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Running KrakenD

Document updated on Jun 6, 2021

After installing KrakenD, you can start using it by typing krakend help:

The krakend command 

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Version: v2.0

KrakenD is a declarative high-performance API gateway that helps you effortlessly adopt microservices

  krakend [command]

Available Commands:
  check        Validates that the configuration file is valid.
  check-plugin Checks your plugin dependencies are compatible.
  e2e          Executes an end to end test for the gateway based on the configuration file and a set of specs.
  generate     Generates static content for several functionalities. See subcommands.
  help         Help about any command
  run          Runs the KrakenD server.

  -h, --help   help for krakend

Use "krakend [command] --help" for more information about a command.

To see all the options of a command type krakend help <COMMAND> or krakend <COMMAND> -h.

To start the server, invoke the krakend run command. The command will require a configuration file with your API definition. You can create your first krakend.json file using the KrakenDesigner if you prefer a UI.

Make sure KrakenD can find a krakend.json and a LICENSE file in the same place where it is executed (workdir).

To get started right away, you can paste the following content inside a krakend.json file:

    "$schema": "",
    "version": 3

And then you can start KrakenD:

Command to start KrakenD 
$krakend run -c krakend.json

Or if you use Docker:

Running KrakenD using the Docker container 
$docker run -p 8080:8080 -v "$PWD:/etc/krakend/" krakend/krakend-ee:2.0 run --config /etc/krakend/krakend.json

Now KrakenD is listening on 8080, and you can see it working under http://localhost:8080/__health.


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