In this section, you'll learn how to manage your Kong instance. First we'll have you start Kong giving you access to the RESTful interface to manage your APIs, consumers, and more. Data sent through the RESTful interface is stored in your Cassandra instance or cluster, meaning you must have Cassandra running before starting Kong.
Note: If you haven't already, go ahead and make sure that you have a Kong configuration file located under
/etc/kong/kong.yml and points to your Cassandra instance or cluster. If you haven't, consult the configuration reference before starting.
Issue the following command to start kong:
$ kong start
Note: The CLI also accepts a configuration (
-c <path_to_config>) option allowing you to point to different configurations.
Verify that Kong has started successfully
The previous step runs migrations to prepare the Cassandra keyspace. Once these have finished you should see a message (
[OK] Started) informing you that Kong is running.
By default Kong listens on the following ports:
:8000- Proxy layer for API requests
:8001- RESTful API for configuration
As needed you can stop the kong process by issuing the following command:
$ kong stop
Issue the following command to reload kong without downtime:
$ kong reload
Now that you have Kong running you can interact with the RESTful API.
To begin, go to Adding your API ›