Quickstart for Windows

This procedure deploys a Standalone MinIO server onto Windows for early development and evaluation of MinIO Object Storage and it’s S3-compatible API layer.

Standalone deployments (also called “filesystem mode”) support a subset of MinIO features where redundancy or availability are dependent entirely on the underlying drive or volume.

For instructions on deploying to production environments, see Deploy MinIO in Distributed Mode.


  • Read, write, and execute permissions for the preferred local directory or file path

  • Familiarity with using the Command Prompt or PowerShell


  1. Install the MinIO Server

    Download the MinIO executable from the following URL:


    The next step includes instructions for running the executable. You cannot run the executable from the Explorer or by double clicking the file. Instead, you call the executable to launch the server.

  2. Launch the minio server

    In PowerShell or the Command Prompt, navigate to the location of the executable or add the path of the minio.exe file to the system $PATH.

    Use this command to start a local MinIO instance in the C:\minio folder. You can replace C:\minio with another drive or folder path on the local computer.

    .\minio.exe server C:\minio --console-address :9090

    The minio server process prints its output to the system console, similar to the following:

    RootUser: minioadmin
    RootPass: minioadmin
    RootUser: minioadmin
    RootPass: minioadmin
    Command-line: https://docs.min.io/docs/minio-client-quickstart-guide
       $ mc alias set myminio minioadmin minioadmin
    Documentation: https://docs.min.io
    WARNING: Detected default credentials 'minioadmin:minioadmin', we recommend that you change these values with 'MINIO_ROOT_USER' and 'MINIO_ROOT_PASSWORD' environment variables.

    The process is tied to the current PowerShell or Command Prompt window. Closing the window stops the server and ends the process.

  3. Connect your Browser to the MinIO Server

    Access the MinIO Console by going to a browser (such as Microsoft Edge) and going to or one of the Console addresses specified in the minio server command’s output. For example, Console: in the example output indicates two possible addresses to use for connecting to the Console.

    While port 9000 is used for connecting to the API, MinIO automatically redirects browser access to the MinIO Console.

    Log in to the Console with the RootUser and RootPass user credentials displayed in the output. These default to minioadmin | minioadmin.

    MinIO Console displaying login screen

    You can use the MinIO Console for general administration tasks like Identity and Access Management, Metrics and Log Monitoring, or Server Configuration. Each MinIO server includes its own embedded MinIO Console.

    MinIO Console displaying bucket start screen

    For more information, see the MinIO Console documentation.

  4. (Optional) Install the MinIO Client

    The MinIO Client allows you to work with your MinIO volume from the commandline.

    Download the standalone MinIO server for Windows from the following link:


    Double click on the file to run it. Or, run the following in the Command Prompt or PowerShell.

    \path\to\mc.exe --help

    Use mc.exe alias set to quickly authenticate and connect to the MinIO deployment.

    mc.exe alias set local minioadmin minioadmin
    mc.exe admin info local

    The mc.exe alias set takes four arguments:

    • The name of the alias

    • The hostname or IP address and port of the MinIO server

    • The Access Key for a MinIO user

    • The Secret Key for a MinIO user

    For additional details about this command, see mc alias set.

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