Get Started Using SingleStore for Free

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SingleStore can handle many workloads completely for free, and it’s very easy to get started. The free edition of SingleStore can scale up to 128GB of RAM (total) and 32 CPU cores – enough power to process billions of records on just a few virtual machines.

See the video version of this guide.

This guide walks you through setting up a "cluster in a box"/single host (machine) deployment using the SingleStore free license. It’s quick and easy. That said, with a little more work, you can use that same license to deploy on a small group of hosts (multi-node cluster) for free. For more information about deploying a multi-node cluster, see this deployment guide.


This guide shows you how to quickly build a single-instance SingleStore cluster running on Docker Desktop, on a laptop computer, for free. You’ll need a host with at least 8GB RAM and 4 CPUs. This is ideal for quickly provisioning a system to understand the capabilities of SingleStore’s SQL engine. Everything described in this guide will be running on your computer, and by using a Docker container, you do not need to install or configure much of SingleStore to get it running.

Here’s the process, with each step outlined below:

  1. Get a free SingleStore license

  2. Install Docker Desktop

  3. Create a Docker Compose File

  4. Start the SingleStore Cluster through Docker

  5. Start SingleStore Studio

After following these steps, you’ll have a bare-bones SingleStore cluster running on your host. After that, check out some possible next steps.


With specs well below SingleStore’s limits, performance will be atypical, and not suited for a production environment. However, you can use this setup to experience the full features of SingleStore, and understand how it applies to your business challenges.


Multi-node Cluster


Laptop computer

Many hefty servers

Best use-cases

  • Try out SingleStore

  • Test SingleStore capabilities

  • Prototyping

  • Proof of concept (PoC)

  • Production workloads

  • High availability


Free up to four nodes with 32GB RAM each, and with community support

Free up to four nodes with 32GB RAM each, and with community support

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Last modified: April 19, 2023

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