Details about how to use Kong in Docker can be found on the DockerHub repository hosting the image: kong. We also have a Docker Compose template with built-in orchestration and scalability.

Here is a quick example showing how to link a Kong container to a Cassandra or PostgreSQL container:

  1. Start your database:

    If you wish to use a Cassandra container:

    $ docker run -d --name kong-database \
                  -p 9042:9042 \

    If you wish to use a PostgreSQL container:

    $ docker run -d --name kong-database \
                  -p 5432:5432 \
                  -e "POSTGRES_USER=kong" \
                  -e "POSTGRES_DB=kong" \
  2. Start Kong:

    Start a Kong container and link it to your database container, configuring the KONG_DATABASE environment variable with either cassandra or postgres depending on which database you decided to use:

    $ docker run -d --name kong \
                  --link kong-database:kong-database \
                  -e "KONG_DATABASE=cassandra" \
                  -e "KONG_CASSANDRA_CONTACT_POINTS=kong-database" \
                  -e "KONG_PG_HOST=kong-database" \
                  -p 8000:8000 \
                  -p 8443:8443 \
                  -p 8001:8001 \
                  -p 7946:7946 \
                  -p 7946:7946/udp \
  3. Kong is running:

    $ curl
  4. Start using Kong:

    Quickly learn how to use Kong with the 5-minute Quickstart.

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