YouTrack Server 2023.2 Help

ZIP Installation

The YouTrack ZIP distribution is available for download on the JetBrains website.

The YouTrack ZIP is a cross-platform distribution. You can use this distribution to install and run YouTrack on Linux, macOS, and Windows.

The procedure for installing YouTrack with this distribution is similar for all operating systems. All you need to do is select the appropriate application and run the script that is supported by your operating system.

Operating System




Command Line Interface




Command Prompt


To install YouTrack Server with a ZIP distribution:

  1. Download the ZIP distribution from the JetBrains website.

  2. Create a directory on your server to use as the home directory for YouTrack Server. Extract the files from the ZIP archive and select this directory as the destination folder.

  3. In a command-line interface, change the directory to <YouTrack home directory>/bin.

  4. Enter a command to start the installation:

    • If you enter ./ run, the console is blocked until the service is stopped.

    • If you enter ./ start, the console is only blocked during the startup process.

    If you do not have a web browser installed on the host machine, follow the command with the --no-browser option. For example, ./ start --no-browser.

  5. Continue with the installation in the web-based Configuration Wizard.

    • If you have a browser installed on the host machine, the Configuration Wizard opens automatically.

    • If you do not have a web browser installed on the host machine, open the URL of the wizard in a web browser on another workstation. The wizard URL is printed in the console output:

      JetBrains YouTrack <version> will be available on [<YouTrack Base URL>/bundle/starting] after start
  6. In the Configuration Wizard, click Set up.

    YT Install: Configuration wizard
  7. On the Confirm Settings page, confirm or change the basic system settings.

    YT Install: Basic server settings

    Here you can also enable the built-in TLS to secure the network connection for the server. For detailed procedure, read the Enable HTTPS during Installation page.




    Allows to enable or disable the built-in TLS and configure the secure the network connection to your server. If you enable HTTPS, the TLS specific settings are displayed.

    Install: HTTPS basic settings

    See the TLS Settings page for details.

    Base URL

    The URL where end users access YouTrack Server.

    Application Listen Port

    The port your YouTrack Server server listens to after installation.


    The default language that is shown in the user interface.

  8. Expand the Advanced Settings section to confirm or change the locations where YouTrack Server stores product data.



    Data Directory Location

    The directory where YouTrack Server stores content data.

    Backup Location

    The directory where YouTrack Server stores backups of the database.

    Logs Location

    The directory where YouTrack Server stores log files.

    Temp Location

    The directory where YouTrack Server stores product-specific temporary files.

    To change the location for any of these file types, click the Change button and select a new location.

  9. To share usage statistics with JetBrains, keep the Send usage statistics anonymously option enabled. This feature helps JetBrains track usage statistics to make YouTrack better. We never share collected data with any third party.

  10. When done, click Next.

  11. On the Select Hub Service page, select whether you want to use a built-in or external Hub service.

    Zip install hub settings

    Configure the following settings based on the type of service you select:



    Built-in Hub

    • Enter and confirm the password for the default system administrator account admin. To assign a different username to the administrator account, edit the Create Admin Username setting.

    • Deselect the Enable login as guest option to ban the guest user account.

    The built-in Hub service is configured and started automatically.

    External Hub

    Enter the Base URL of your external Hub installation and verify it.

  12. When done, click Next.

  13. On the Confirm License page, verify the license name and key. Expand the License Limitations section to verify any limitations that apply to your current plan.

    Zip install license
  14. When done, click Finish.

    • The configuration is applied to your YouTrack Server server.

    Do not close the page in the browser until the setup is complete. When the YouTrack Server server is ready, you are logged in to YouTrack as a guest. If you disabled login as guest, the login page opens.

    That's it. Your YouTrack Server instance is installed and ready for use.

Now that your YouTrack service is up and running, you may want to set up projects and access rights, import issues from another tracker, or fine-tune the server environment. For more information, check the topics in the See Also section below.

Last modified: 28 September 2023