EventStoreDB doesn't install as a Windows service. You need to ensure that the server executable starts automatically.

Install from Chocolatey

EventStoreDB has Chocolatey packagesopen in new window available that you can install with the following command in an elevated terminal:

choco install eventstore-oss

Download the binaries

You can also downloadopen in new window a binary, unzip the archive and run from the folder location with an administrator console.

The following command starts EventStoreDB with the database stored at the path ./db and the logs in ./logs. Read mode about configuring the EventStoreDB server node in the Configuration section.

EventStore.ClusterNode.exe --db ./db --log ./logs

EventStoreDB runs in an administration context because it starts an HTTP server through http.sys. For permanent or production instances you need to provide an ACL such as:

netsh http add urlacl url=http://+:2113/ user=DOMAIN\username

For more information, refer to Microsoft add urlacl documentationopen in new window.

To build EventStoreDB from source, refer to the EventStoreDB GitHub repositoryopen in new window.


If you installed EventStoreDB with Chocolatey, you can uninstall with:

choco uninstall eventstore-oss

This removes the eventstore-oss Chocolatey package.

If you installed EventStoreDB by downloading a binaryopen in new window, you can remove it by:

  • Deleting the EventStore-OSS-Win-* directory.
  • Removing the directory from your PATH.