How to build ClickHouse on Linux

Build should work on Linux Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04 or newer. With appropriate changes, build should work on any other Linux distribution. Build is not intended to work on Mac OS X. Only x86_64 with SSE 4.2 is supported. Support for AArch64 is experimental.

To test for SSE 4.2, do

grep -q sse4_2 /proc/cpuinfo && echo "SSE 4.2 supported" || echo "SSE 4.2 not supported"

Install Git and CMake

sudo apt-get install git cmake3

Or just cmake on newer systems.

Detect number of threads

export THREADS=$(grep -c ^processor /proc/cpuinfo)

Install GCC 6

There are several ways to do it.

Install from PPA package

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gcc-6 g++-6

Install from sources


# Download gcc from
tar xf gcc-6.2.0.tar.bz2
cd gcc-6.2.0
cd ..
mkdir gcc-build
cd gcc-build
../gcc-6.2.0/configure --enable-languages=c,c++
make -j $THREADS
sudo make install
hash gcc g++
gcc --version
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/gcc /usr/local/bin/gcc-6
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/g++ /usr/local/bin/g++-6
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/gcc /usr/local/bin/cc
sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/g++ /usr/local/bin/c++
# /usr/local/bin/ should be in $PATH

Use GCC 6 for builds

export CC=gcc-6
export CXX=g++-6

Install required libraries from packages

sudo apt-get install libicu-dev libreadline-dev libmysqlclient-dev libssl-dev unixodbc-dev

Checkout ClickHouse sources

To get latest stable version:

git clone -b stable --recursive
# or: git clone -b stable --recursive

cd ClickHouse

For development, switch to the master branch. For latest release candidate, switch to the testing branch.

Build ClickHouse

There are two variants of build.

Build release package

Install prerequisites to build debian packages.

sudo apt-get install devscripts dupload fakeroot debhelper

Install recent version of clang.

Clang is embedded into ClickHouse package and used at runtime. Minimum version is 3.8.0. It is optional.

To install clang, look at utils/prepare-environment/

You may also build ClickHouse with clang for development purposes. For production releases, GCC is used.

Run release script:

rm -f ../clickhouse*.deb

You will find built packages in parent directory:

ls -l ../clickhouse*.deb

Note that usage of debian packages is not required. ClickHouse has no runtime dependencies except libc, so it could work on almost any Linux.

Installing just built packages on development server:

sudo dpkg -i ../clickhouse*.deb
sudo service clickhouse-server start

Build to work with code

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make -j $THREADS
cd ..

To create an executable, run make clickhouse. This will create the dbms/src/Server/clickhouse executable, which can be used with –client or –server arguments.