Install and Deploy MinIO

MinIO is a software-defined high performance distributed object storage server. You can run MinIO on consumer or enterprise-grade hardware and a variety of operating systems and architectures.

MinIO supports three deployment topologies:

Single-Node Single-Drive (SNSD or “Standalone”)

A single MinIO server with a single storage volume or folder. SNSD deployment provides failover protections. Drive-level reliability and failover depends on the underlying storage volume.

SNSD deployments are best suited for evaluation and initial development of applications using MinIO for object storage.

SNSD deployments implement a zero-parity erasure coding backend and include support for the following erasure-coding dependent features:

Single-Node Multi-Drive (SNMD or “Standalone Multi-Drive”)

A single MinIO server with four or more storage volumes. SNMD deployments provide drive-level reliability and failover only.

Multi-Node Multi-Drive (MNMD or “Distributed”)

Multiple MinIO servers with at least four drives across all servers. The distributed MNMD topology supports production-grade object storage with drive and node-level availability and resiliency.

This documentation provides instructions for SNSD and SNMD for supporting local development and evaluation of MinIO on a single host machine. For MNMD deployments, use the MinIO Kubernetes Operator to deploy and manage MinIO tenants in a containerized and orchestrated environment.

Platform Support

MinIO provides container images at the following repositories:

Changed in version RELEASE.2022-12-02T19-19-22Z: These images include the MinIO Client command line tool built in for container-level debugging. However, to regularly interact with a container MinIO install, install the MinIO Client on your computer and define an mc alias set to the container instead.

Use of MinIO images from any other repository, host, or organization is at your own risk.

The Single-Node Single-Drive and Single-Node Multi-Drive tutorials provide instructions for the Docker and Podman container managers.