ClickHouse Installation: Cluster Setup and Configuration


Being a full-stack ClickHouse Optimization Support and Managed Services provider company we often get queries on ClickHouse installation and configuration for both standalone and clustered infrastructure setup. So we decided to write this blog which will help anyone interested in the setup and configuration of ClickHouse. This document is purely recommended for learning ClickHouse installation and configuration, please don’t ever use this document as a checklist or guidance for installation and configuration of ClicHouse on your production infrastructure. MinervaDB or any of their group companies/subsidiaries are not responsible for any kind of damages caused to your business from following this document for your production setup.  Technically, ClickHouse installation is quite straight forward and you can run ClickHouse on any of the Linux, FreeBSD, or Mac OS X with x86_64, AArch64, or PowerPC64LE CPU architecture.

ClickHouse installation on Debian systems

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https ca-certificates dirmngr

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv E0C56BD4

echo "deb main/" | sudo tee \ /etc/apt/sources.list.d/clickhouse.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install -y clickhouse-server clickhouse-client 

sudo service clickhouse-server start 


From RPM packages

Add the official repository to install from pre-compiled rpm packages for CentOS, RedHat, and all other rpm-based Linux distributions:

sudo yum install yum-utils 

sudo rpm --import 

sudo yum-config-manager --add-repo

ClickHouse installation from repository configured above

sudo yum install clickhouse-server clickhouse-client

Installation and configuration of ClickHouse from source

You can install and configure ClickHouse from the source here: 

Single server with docker

Run server

docker run -d --name clickhouse-server -p 9000:9000 --ulimit nofile=262144:262144 yandex/clickhouse-server

Run client

docker run -it --rm --link clickhouse-server:clickhouse-server yandex/clickhouse-client --host clickhouse-server

Step-by-step ClickHouse Cluster setup

  • We will have 1 cluster with 3 shards in this setup
  • Each shard will have 2 replica servers
  • We are using ReplicatedMergeTree and Distributed table for this setup

Cluster setup

We have copied below docker-compose.yml for your reference:


            <node index="1">

Each server has its own macros.xml, We have copied below same:


Note: Please confirm your macros setting are in sync. with remote server settings in metrika.xml

Start the server:

docker network create clickhouse-net

docker-compose up -d

Please connect with ClickHouse Server to confirm cluster settings are operational:

clickhouse-01 :) select * from system.clusters;
FROM system.clusters 
│ cluster_1                   │         1 │            1 │           1 │ clickhouse-01 │   │ 9000 │        1 │ default │                  │
│ cluster_1                   │         1 │            1 │           2 │ clickhouse-06 │  │ 9000 │        1 │ default │                  │
│ cluster_1                   │         2 │            1 │           1 │ clickhouse-02 │  │ 9000 │        0 │ default │                  │
│ cluster_1                   │         2 │            1 │           2 │ clickhouse-03 │   │ 9000 │        0 │ default │                  │
│ cluster_1                   │         3 │            1 │           1 │ clickhouse-04 │   │ 9000 │        0 │ default │                  │
│ cluster_1                   │         3 │            1 │           2 │ clickhouse-05 │   │ 9000 │        0 │ default │                  │
│ test_shard_localhost        │         1 │            1 │           1 │ localhost     │    │ 9000 │        1 │ default │                  │
│ test_shard_localhost_secure │         1 │            1 │           1 │ localhost     │    │ 9440 │        0 │ default │                  │

When you see this, It means the cluster setting is successful

Replica Table

We have now successfully configured a ClickHouse cluster and replica settings. For clickhouse, we have to create a ReplicatedMergeTree Table as a local table in each server:

CREATE TABLE test_house (id Int32) ENGINE = ReplicatedMergeTree('/clickhouse/tables/{layer}-{shard}/test_house', '{replica}') PARTITION BY id ORDER BY id

Create Distributed Table conn to the local table:

CREATE TABLE test_house_all as test_house ENGINE = Distributed(cluster_1, default, test_house, rand());

Test the setup with INSERT script

Data generation and load

# docker exec into client server 1 and
for ((idx=1;idx<=100;++idx)); do clickhouse-client --host clickhouse-server --query "Insert into default.test_house_all values ($idx)"; done;

Count records on the Distributed table

select count(*) from test_house_all;

Count records on the local table

select count(*) from test_house;


This was an intuitive guide to quickly installing and setting up a ClickHouse cluster. You can dive deeper into ClickHouse at ChistaDATA’s blog.

To get started with ClickHouse, do consider reading the following articles:

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