Before you begin, you should confirm that you have installed all the prerequisites below on the platform where you will be running Hyperledger Fabric.


These prerequisites are recommended for Fabric users. If you are a Fabric developer you should refer to the instructions for Setting up the development environment.

Install Git

Download the latest version of git if it is not already installed, or if you have problems running the curl commands.

Install cURL

Download the latest version of the cURL tool if it is not already installed or if you get errors running the curl commands from the documentation.


If you’re on Windows please see the specific note on Windows extras below.

Docker and Docker Compose

You will need the following installed on the platform on which you will be operating, or developing on (or for), Hyperledger Fabric:

  • MacOSX, *nix, or Windows 10: Docker Docker version 17.06.2-ce or greater is required.
  • Older versions of Windows: Docker Toolbox - again, Docker version Docker 17.06.2-ce or greater is required.

The Fabric sample test network has been successfully verified with Docker Desktop version Higher versions may not work at this time.


The following applies to linux systems running systemd.

Make sure the docker daemon is running.

sudo systemctl start docker

Optional: If you want the docker daemon to start when the system starts, use the following:

sudo systemctl enable docker

Add your user to the docker group.

sudo usermod -a -G docker <username>


Installing Docker for Mac or Windows, or Docker Toolbox will also install Docker Compose. If you already had Docker installed, you should check that you have Docker Compose version 1.14.0 or greater installed. If not, we recommend that you install a more recent version of Docker.

You can check the version of Docker Compose you have installed with the following command from a terminal prompt:

docker-compose --version

Windows extras

On Windows 10 you should use the native Docker distribution and you may use the Windows PowerShell. However, for the binaries command to succeed you will still need to have the uname command available. You can get it as part of Git but beware that only the 64bit version is supported.

Before running any git clone commands, run the following commands:

git config --global core.autocrlf false
git config --global core.longpaths true

You can check the setting of these parameters with the following commands:

git config --get core.autocrlf
git config --get core.longpaths

These need to be false and true respectively.

The curl command that comes with Git and Docker Toolbox is old and does not handle properly the redirect used in Getting Started. Make sure you have and use a newer version which can be downloaded from the cURL downloads page


If you have questions not addressed by this documentation, or run into issues with any of the tutorials, please visit the Still Have Questions? page for some tips on where to find additional help.