Install TerminusDB from Source Code

Install steps

Install, build and run TerminusDB from source code with the following steps.

Install from source code on Windows:

Install WSL and Ubuntu

In Ubuntu terminal: sudo apt install make libgmp-dev

In Ubuntu terminal: curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh

Follow the install steps below for Debian or Ubuntu

Install SWI-Prolog, Rust and clang


Install Rust by following the Rust installation guide.

Arch Linux

Install all dependencies of all the required libraries using sudo and git.

sudo pacman -S git swi-prolog make automake autoconf libtool zlib pkgconf gcc clang gmp

Debian or Ubuntu

Install using the apt package manager.

cat /etc/*release | grep ubuntu > /dev/null && (sudo apt-get install software-properties-common; sudo apt-add-repository ppa:swi-prolog/stable)
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install swi-prolog clang libgmp-dev

Fedora or Red Hat

Install using sudo.

sudo dnf install pl pl-devel clang gmp-devel


Install swi-prolog and rust using homebrew.

brew install gmp
brew install swi-prolog
brew install rust

Clone the TerminusDB repository

Identical for all operating systems: Clone the terminusdb repository from GitHub.

git clone

Make the TerminusDB Command Line Interface

make the terminusdb Command Line Interface (CLI) binary.


cd terminusdb
make install-tus
make install-dashboard


cd  terminusdb
make install-tus
make install-dashboard

Run the TerminusDB system database


Initialize the system database and choose a password for the admin user.

  • Server starts on
./terminusdb store init --key "my_password_here"
./terminusdb serve


  • Initialize the system database.
  • Server starts on
./terminusdb store init --key root
./terminusdb serve

Further Reading

The TerminusDB Command Line Interface