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Install on Linux

Use this tutorial to install SurrealDB on Linux or Unix operating systems using the SurrealDB install script. Both the SurrealDB Database Server and the SurrealDB Command Line Tool are packaged and distributed as a single executable file, which is easy to install, and easy to uninstall.

Installing SurrealDB using the install script

To get started, you can use the SurrealDB install script. This script securely downloads the latest version for the platform and CPU type. It attempts to install SurrealDB into the /usr/local/bin folder, falling back to a user-specified folder if necessary.

curl -sSf | sh

Updating SurrealDB

To ensure that you are using the latest version, update SurrealDB to version using the following command.

curl -sSf | sh

Checking SurrealDB

Once installed, you can run the SurrealDB command-line tool by using the surreal command. To check whether the install was successful run the following command in your terminal.

surreal help

The result should look similar to the output below, confirming that the SurrealDB command-line tool was installed successfully.

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d88P Y88b 888 888 'Y88b 888 '88b
Y88b. 888 888 888 888 .88P
'Y888b. 888 888 888d888 888d888 .d88b. 8888b. 888 888 888 8888888K.
'Y88b. 888 888 888P' 888P' d8P Y8b '88b 888 888 888 888 'Y88b
'888 888 888 888 888 88888888 .d888888 888 888 888 888 888
Y88b d88P Y88b 888 888 888 Y8b. 888 888 888 888 .d88P 888 d88P
'Y8888P' 'Y88888 888 888 'Y8888 'Y888888 888 8888888P' 8888888P'

SurrealDB command-line interface and server

To get started using SurrealDB, and for guides on connecting to and building applications
on top of SurrealDB, check out the SurrealDB documentation (

If you have questions or ideas, join the SurrealDB community (

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surreal [SUBCOMMAND]

-h, --help Print help information

start Start the database server
import Import a SQL script into an existing database
export Export an existing database into a SQL script
version Output the command-line tool version information
sql Start an SQL REPL in your terminal with pipe support
help Print this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)