Install Vector From Archives

This page covers installing Vector from a pre-built archive. These archives contain the vector binary as well as supporting configuration files.


  1. Download & unpack the archive

    mkdir -p vector && \
    curl -sSfL --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 | \
    tar xzf - -C vector --strip-components=2
  2. Change into the vector directory

    cd vector
  3. Move vector into your $PATH

    echo "export PATH=\"$(pwd)/vector/bin:\$PATH\"" >> $HOME/.profile
    source $HOME/.profile
  4. Start Vector

    That's it! You can start vector with:

    vector --config config/vector.toml

Next Steps


The Vector configuration file is located at:


A full spec is located at config/vector.spec.toml and examples are located in config/vector/examples/*. You can learn more about configuring Vector in the Configuration section.

Data Directory

We recommend creating a data directory that Vector can use:

mkdir /var/lib/vector

Vector offers a global data_dir option that you can use to specify the path of your directory.

data_dir = "/var/lib/vector" # default

Service Managers

Vector archives ship with service files in case you need them:


To install Vector into Init.d run:

cp -av etc/init.d/vector /etc/init.d


To install Vector into Systemd run:

cp -av etc/systemd/vector.service /etc/systemd/system


Simply follow the same installation instructions above.