MinIO High Performance Object Storage

Welcome to the MinIO Documentation! MinIO is a high performance object storage solution with native support for Kubernetes deployments. MinIO provides an Amazon Web Services S3-compatible API and supports all core S3 features. MinIO is released under GNU Affero General Public License v3.0.

This documentation targets the latest stable version of MinIO, RELEASE.2022-06-11T19-55-32Z.

You can get started exploring MinIO features using our play server at play is a public MinIO cluster running the latest stable MinIO server. Any file uploaded to play should be considered public and non-protected.

The MinIO Client mc commandline interface includes an alias for the play server. After Downloading the MinIO Client, use the play alias to perform S3-compatible object storage operations:

mc alias list play
mc mb --with-lock play/mynewbucket
mc cp ~/data/mytestdata play/mynewbucket

See the MinIO Client Complete Reference for complete documentation on the available mc commands.

  • First-time users of MinIO or object storage services should start with our Introduction.

  • Users deploying onto a Kubernetes cluster should start with our Kubernetes documentation.


Select the card corresponding to the platform on which you want to deploy MinIO to display instructions for deploying a Standalone MinIO server appropriate for early development and evaluation environments.

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