Install a Bamboo Data Center trial

Want to quickly get up and running with Bamboo Data Center? This page will guide you through a few simple steps to install and set up a trial Bamboo Data Center site.

A trial license gives you access to a full instance of Bamboo Data Center for 30 days. At the end of the trial period your Bamboo Data Center site will become read-only and you’ll have the option to buy a full license to continue using it, so you won’t lose any of your projects or data.

Before you begin

Bamboo installers come with all the bits and pieces you need to run the application, but there's a few things you'll need to get up and running:

For the complete list of what Bamboo supports, see Supported platforms.

  • Hardware and operating system: A 32- or 64-bit x86 PC running Microsoft Windows or Linux, or an Apple Silicon or Intel Mac.

  • Java SDK: Make sure that JDK 8 or 11  is installed and that the JAVA_HOME environment variable is set correctly. Using Bamboo with a JRE is not supported.

  • Database: You don’t need to spin up a database if you’re planning to evaluate Bamboo Data Center on a single node as it comes with a built-in H2 database. If you want to set up a production instance though, you’ll have to migrate your data to an external database. To evaluate Bamboo cold standby clustering features, you’ll also need an external database so your nodes can access it. We support Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle Database, and PostgreSQL.

    The built-in H2 database is for evaluation purposes only and isn't meant for production environments.

  • Web browser: You'll need it to access Bamboo.

  • Email address: You'll need it to generate your 30-day trial license and create an account.

Ready? Let’s start by downloading the installer.

Download the installer

Head over to https://www.atlassian.com/software/bamboo/download and download the latest installer for your operating system.

If you’re running Windows, we recommend that you download the .exe binary installer.

Got it? OK, now we’ll install Bamboo locally.

Install Bamboo

See the following sections to learn how to install Bamboo on your operating system:

For Windows...

To install Bamboo on Windows:

  1. Launch the executable installer from your downloads folder.

  2. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

  3. To start Bamboo, from the Start menu, select Bamboo > Start in Console.
    Bamboo will now start up on port 8085. Keep the Console window open.

For Linux...

To install Bamboo on Linux:

  1. Extract the downloaded .tar.gz archive and move the files outside your downloads folder. We’ll refer to this location as the installation directory from now on.
  2. Create a home directory for Bamboo away from the installation directory. This is the location where the app will store its data.
  3. Tell Bamboo where the home directory is before you launch the app:
    1. Go to /atlassian-bamboo/WEB-INF/classes/ in the installation directory.
    2. Edit bamboo-init.properties by uncommenting the bamboo.home line.
    3. Provide the absolute path to the home directory you created and save the file.
      For example: /home/jim/bamboo-home.
  4. Launch the terminal and start Bamboo with the following commands:

    cd <BAMBOO_INSTALLATION_DIRECTORY>
    ./bin/start-bamboo.sh

    Bamboo will now start up on port 8085. Keep this terminal window open.

For macOS...

To install Bamboo on macOS:

  1. Extract the downloaded .tar.gz archive and move the files outside your downloads folder. We’ll refer to this location as the installation directory from now on.
  2. Create a home directory for Bamboo away from the installation directory. This is the location where the app will store its data.
  3. Tell Bamboo where the home directory is before you launch the app:
    1. Go to /atlassian-bamboo/WEB-INF/classes/ in the installation directory.
    2. Edit bamboo-init.properties by uncommenting the bamboo.home line.
    3. Provide the absolute path to the home directory you created and save the file.
      For example: /Users/jim/bamboo-home.

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      To get the absolute path to your Bamboo installation directory, in Finder, + right-click the folder and select Copy as Pathname.

  4. Launch the terminal and start Bamboo with the following commands:

    cd <BAMBOO_INSTALLATION_DIRECTORY>
    ./bin/start-bamboo.sh

    Bamboo will now start up on port 8085. Keep this terminal window open.

So far, so good. Now it’s time to launch the Setup Wizard.

Set up Bamboo

Go through the setup wizard to configure some details and create an admin account.

  1. In your web browser of choice, go to http://localhost:8085.

  2. Get a 30-day trial license:

    1. On the Setup Wizard welcome screen, select Generate a Bamboo Data Center license.

    2. Log in to My Atlassian with your existing Atlassian ID account or create a new account if you don’t have one already.

    3. On the New trial license page, provide your organization’s name and select Generate license.

    4. Copy the license key, paste it into the setup wizard, and select Continue.

  3. Complete the configuration by following the instructions in the setup wizard. You can change the configuration details as you please or keep the defaults.

It will take a few minutes to prepare everything for you. Once that’s done, you’re ready to go!

What's next?

Now that you’ve successfully set up your Bamboo trial, we have some hints on what to try out next:

Last modified on Nov 23, 2022

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