Install RethinkDB on Windows

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Prerequisites: We provide native 64-bit binaries for Windows 7 and above. A 64-bit version of Windows is required.

Download the ZIP archive and unpack it in a directory of your choice.

The Windows port of RethinkDB is a recent addition and hasn’t received as much tuning as the Linux and OS X versions yet. Please report any performance issues on GitHub.

Running RethinkDB

The Windows version of RethinkDB, like the Linux/OS X versions, is executed from the command line. You’ll need to start the Windows command shell.

  • Press Win + X and click “Command Prompt”; or
  • Open the Start Menu, click “Run,” and type “cmd” ENTER

Use the cd command to go to the directory that you unpacked rethinkdb.exe in.

C:\Users\Slava\>cd RethinkDB

Then, you can start RethinkDB with its default options.


You can also use any of the command line options to control configuration (as well as specify a configuration file).

To start with a specific data directory:

rethinkdb.exe -d c:\RethinkDB\data\

To specify a server name and another cluster to join:

rethinkdb.exe -n jarvis -j

Compile from source

The Windows port of RethinkDB has not been merged into the main source branch yet, and the build process is still subject to change. For information on how to build the current release, you’ll need to check out the atnnn/windows3 branch and follow the instructions in

Next steps: Now that you’ve installed RethinkDB, it’s time to install client drivers for your language.