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Apache Ignite Installation on Windows

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I love Apache open source frameworks and you probably have noticed that I spent a lot time in the past to publish detailed installation guides on Windows for products like Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Kafka, Ambari, Zeppelin, etc. Apache Ignite is a distributed database for high‑performance applications with in‑memory speed. The core capabilities include multi-tier storage, distributed SQL, ACID transactions, compute APIs in Java, Scala, Kotlin, C# and C++, machine learning and continuous queries. 

This article provides a simple guide to install Ignite on your Windows machine for learning and practice purposes. You can also use Docker or Kubernetes to install Apache Ignite.


  • JDK: Oracle JDK 8 or 11, Open JDK 8 or 11, IBM JDK 8 or 11.
  • .NET SDK: only required if you want to run the .NET thin client example.

You can follow section 'Step 4 - (Optional) Java JDK installation' in article Install Hadoop 3.3.1 on Windows 10 Step by Step Guide.

Install Ignite

Follow these steps to install Apache Ignite:

  1. Download binary: https://ignite.apache.org/download.cgi#binaries.
    For this article, I am downloading 2.11.1 version (apache-ignite-2.11.1-bin.zip). 
  2. Unzip the binary to the installation folder using PowerShell:
    unzip  apache-ignite-2.11.1-bin.zip
  3. (Optional) Enable required modules. Follow this official link to learn more about enabling required modules: Enabling Modules.
  4. Setup Ignite environment variable IGNITE_HOME:
    Make sure there is no trailing path separator ('\' or '/') in the value.

Configure Ignite

Now we can configure Ignite based accordingly.

Configure working directory

Working directory is the place where your application data is stored.

SETX IGNITE_WORK_DIR=F:\big-data\apache-ignite-2.11.1-bin\work

By default, it locates at %IGNITE_HOME%\work. You can also customize in your applications or using environment variable IGNITE_WORK_DIR.

Configure logging

Ignite supports many different logging libraries and frameworks including JUL (default), Log4j, Log4j2, JCL and SLF4J. By default JUL is used. You can use The following environment variables can be configured:

System propertyDescriptionDefault value
IGNITE_LOG_INSTANCE_NAMEIf the property is set, Ignite includes its instance name in log messages.Not set
IGNITE_QUIETSet to false to disable the quiet mode and enable the verbose mode. true
IGNITE_LOG_DIRThe directory where Ignite writes log files.
IGNITE_DUMP_THREADS_ON_FAILURESet to true to output thread dumps to the log when a critical error is caught.

By default, Ignite uses %IGNITE_HOME%\config\java.util.logging.properties as logging configuration file. 

Start Ignite nodes

Start server node

After all the configurations, we can start server node using the following command line in Command Prompt:


Enable client node

We can enable client node by configuring the default config file or enable it programmatically in your Java, .NET or C++ applications.

To use XML configuration file, configure property clientMode as true

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<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
        Alter configuration below as needed.
    <bean id="grid.cfg" class="org.apache.ignite.configuration.IgniteConfiguration">
  <property name="clientMode" value="true"/>

Start client node

Once you configured to enable client mode in your computer, you can then start it using same command.

Stop nodes

You can directly press Ctrl + C to stop the node services.

(Optional) .NET thin client example

Now we can implement an example following page .NET Thin Client.

1) Create a dotnet application:

mkdir ignite-dotnet-example
cd ignite-dotnet-example
dotnet new console

2) Add package reference

The required package is already part of Ignite binary distribution and locates at: %IGNITE_HOME%\platforms\dotnet\bin\Apache.Ignite.Core.dll.

Edit project file to reference this local library by adding the following element:

  <Reference Include="Apache.Ignite.Core">

* Remember to change the path accordingly.

3) Edit Program.cs file with the following content:

using Apache.Ignite.Core;
using Apache.Ignite.Core.Client;
var cfg = new IgniteClientConfiguration
    Endpoints = new[] { "" }
using (var client = Ignition.StartClient(cfg))
    var cache = client.GetOrCreateCache<int, string>("cache");
    cache.Put(1, "Hello, World!");
    foreach (var cacheName in client.GetCacheNames())
    foreach (IClientConnection connection in client.GetConnections())

4) Run the program:

dotnet run




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