Local Install via Homebrew

Instructions for using Vitess on your macOS machine for testing purposes

This guide covers installing Vitess locally to macOS for testing purposes, from pre-compiled binaries. We will launch multiple copies of mysqld, so it is recommended to have greater than 4GB RAM, as well as 20GB of available disk space.

A Homebrew package manager is also available, which requires no dependencies on your local host.

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

In this guide, v9.0.0 is used in most outputs. You can replace it by the version of Vitess you are using.

Install Vitess with Homebrew #

Vitess supports the databases listed here. Homebrew will install latest tagged Vitess Release.

$ brew install vitess
Updating Homebrew...
==> Auto-updated Homebrew!
Updated 2 taps (homebrew/core and homebrew/cask).
==> Updated Formulae
Updated 19 formulae.
==> Updated Casks
Updated 1 cask.

==> Downloading https://homebrew.bintray.com/bottles/vitess-9.0.0.catalina.bottle.tar.gz
Already downloaded: /Users/askdba/Library/Caches/Homebrew/downloads/45991b27589a191910e89a1ce529fcdaa694bb5f36b99f1b20146f8f0fc3ee6d--vitess-9.0.0.catalina.bottle.tar.gz
==> Pouring vitess-9.0.0.catalina.bottle.tar.gz
🍺  /usr/local/Cellar/vitess/9.0.0: 268 files, 528.3MB

At this point Vitess binaries installed under default Homebrew install location at /usr/local/share/vitess.

Install Node 16.13.0+ (required to run VTAdmin) #

$ brew install nvm
$ nvm install --lts 16.13.0
$ nvm use 16.13.0

See the vtadmin README for more details.

Start a Single Keyspace Cluster #

For testing purposes initiate following example;

$ cd $HOMEBREW_PREFIX/share/vitess/examples/local/
$ ./101_initial_cluster.sh
add /vitess/global
add /vitess/zone1
add zone1 CellInfo
Created cell: zone1
etcd start done...
Starting vtctld...
Starting MySQL for tablet zone1-0000000100...
Starting vttablet for zone1-0000000100...
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2022 12:49:50 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

Starting MySQL for tablet zone1-0000000101...
Starting vttablet for zone1-0000000101...
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2022 12:49:55 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

Starting MySQL for tablet zone1-0000000102...
Starting vttablet for zone1-0000000102...
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2022 12:50:00 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

  "keyspace": {
    "served_froms": [],
    "keyspace_type": 0,
    "base_keyspace": "",
    "snapshot_time": null,
    "durability_policy": "semi_sync"
vtorc is running!
  - UI: http://localhost:16000
  - Logs: /Users/manangupta/vitess/vtdataroot/tmp/vtorc.out
  - PID: 74088

zone1-0000000100 commerce 0 primary localhost:15100 localhost:17100 [] 2022-09-23T05:48:52Z

New VSchema object:
  "sharded": false,
  "vindexes": {},
  "tables": {
    "corder": {
      "type": "",
      "column_vindexes": [],
      "auto_increment": null,
      "columns": [],
      "pinned": "",
      "column_list_authoritative": false
    "customer": {
      "type": "",
      "column_vindexes": [],
      "auto_increment": null,
      "columns": [],
      "pinned": "",
      "column_list_authoritative": false
    "product": {
      "type": "",
      "column_vindexes": [],
      "auto_increment": null,
      "columns": [],
      "pinned": "",
      "column_list_authoritative": false
  "require_explicit_routing": false
If this is not what you expected, check the input data (as JSON parsing will skip unexpected fields).
Waiting for vtgate to be up...
vtgate is up!
Access vtgate at http://Manans-MacBook-Pro.local:15001/debug/status
vtadmin-api is running!
  - API: http://localhost:14200
  - Logs: /Users/manangupta/vitess/vtdataroot/tmp/vtadmin-api.out
  - PID: 74039

> vtadmin@0.1.0 build
> react-scripts build

Creating an optimized production build...
Browserslist: caniuse-lite is outdated. Please run:
  npx browserslist@latest --update-db
  Why you should do it regularly: https://github.com/browserslist/browserslist#browsers-data-updating
Browserslist: caniuse-lite is outdated. Please run:
  npx browserslist@latest --update-db
  Why you should do it regularly: https://github.com/browserslist/browserslist#browsers-data-updating
Compiled successfully.

File sizes after gzip:

  385.49 kB  build/static/js/main.044e444c.js
  15.4 kB    build/static/css/main.a46ccb6f.css

The project was built assuming it is hosted at /.
You can control this with the homepage field in your package.json.

The build folder is ready to be deployed.
You may serve it with a static server:

  npm install -g serve
  serve -s build

Find out more about deployment here:


vtadmin-web is running!
  - Browser: http://localhost:14201
  - Logs: /Users/manangupta/vitess/vtdataroot/tmp/vtadmin-web.out
  - PID: 74070

Verify your initial cluster:

$ mysql -e "show vitess_tablets"
| Cell  | Keyspace | Shard | TabletType | State   | Alias            | Hostname  | MasterTermStartTime  |
| zone1 | commerce | 0     | PRIMARY    | SERVING | zone1-0000000100 | localhost | 2021-02-17T13:10:13Z |
| zone1 | commerce | 0     | REPLICA    | SERVING | zone1-0000000101 | localhost |                      |
| zone1 | commerce | 0     | RDONLY     | SERVING | zone1-0000000102 | localhost |                      |

You can also verify that the processes have started with pgrep:

$ pgrep -fl vitess | awk '{print $2,$3}'
etcd --enable-v2=true
vtctld -topo_implementation
/bin/sh /usr/local/opt/mysql@5.7/bin/mysqld_safe
/usr/local/opt/mysql@5.7/bin/mysqld --defaults-file=/usr/local/Cellar/vitess/9.0.0/share/vitess/examples/local/vtdataroot/vt_0000000100/my.cnf
vttablet -topo_implementation
/bin/sh /usr/local/opt/mysql@5.7/bin/mysqld_safe
/usr/local/opt/mysql@5.7/bin/mysqld --defaults-file=/usr/local/Cellar/vitess/9.0.0/share/vitess/examples/local/vtdataroot/vt_0000000101/my.cnf
vttablet -topo_implementation
/bin/sh /usr/local/opt/mysql@5.7/bin/mysqld_safe
/usr/local/opt/mysql@5.7/bin/mysqld --defaults-file=/usr/local/Cellar/vitess/9.0.0/share/vitess/examples/local/vtdataroot/vt_0000000102/my.cnf
vttablet -topo_implementation
vtgate -topo_implementation
vtorc --topo_implementation

The exact list of processes will vary. For example, you may not see mysqld_safe listed.

If you encounter any errors, such as ports already in use, you can kill the processes and start over:

pkill -9 -f '(vtdataroot|VTDATAROOT|vitess|vtadmin)' # kill Vitess processes
rm -rf /usr/local/Cellar/vitess/9.0.0/share/vitess/examples/local/vtdataroot

Setup Aliases #

For ease-of-use, Vitess provides aliases for mysql and vtctlclient:

source ./env.sh

Setting up aliases changes mysql to always connect to Vitess for your current session. To revert this, type unalias mysql && unalias vtctlclient or close your session.

Connect to your cluster #

You should now be able to connect to the VTGate server that was started in 101_initial_cluster.sh:

/usr/local/share/vitess/examples/local> mysql
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 2
Server version: 5.7.9-Vitess (Ubuntu)

Copyright (c) 2000, 2019, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

mysql> show tables;
| Tables_in_vt_commerce |
| corder                |
| customer              |
| product               |
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

You can also browse to the vtctld console using the following URL:


VTOrc is also setup as part of the initialization. You can look at its user-interface at:


Summary #

In this example, we deployed a single unsharded keyspace named commerce. Unsharded keyspaces have a single shard named 0. The following schema reflects a common ecommerce scenario that was created by the script:

create table product (
  sku varbinary(128),
  description varbinary(128),
  price bigint,
  primary key(sku)
create table customer (
  customer_id bigint not null auto_increment,
  email varbinary(128),
  primary key(customer_id)
create table corder (
  order_id bigint not null auto_increment,
  customer_id bigint,
  sku varbinary(128),
  price bigint,
  primary key(order_id)

The schema has been simplified to include only those fields that are significant to the example:

  • The product table contains the product information for all of the products.
  • The customer table has a customer_id that has an auto_increment. A typical customer table would have a lot more columns, and sometimes additional detail tables.
  • The corder table (named so because order is an SQL reserved word) has an order_id auto-increment column. It also has foreign keys into customer(customer_id) and product(sku).

Next Steps #

You can now proceed with MoveTables.

Or alternatively, if you would like to teardown your example:

pkill -9 -f '(vtdataroot|VTDATAROOT)' # kill Vitess processes
rm -rf /usr/local/Cellar/vitess/9.0.0/share/vitess/examples/local/vtdataroot