rpk redpanda config bootstrap

Initialize the configuration to bootstrap a cluster.

--id is mandatory. bootstrap will expect the machine it’s running on to have only one private non-loopback IP address associated to it, and use it in the configuration as the node’s address.

If it has multiple IPs, --self must be specified. In that case, the given IP will be used without checking whether it’s among the machine’s addresses or not.

The elements in --ips must be separated by a comma, no spaces.

If omitted, the node will be configured as a root node, that other ones can join later.


rpk redpanda config bootstrap --id <id> [--self &lt;ip&gt;] [--ips <ip1,ip2,...>] [flags]


Value Type Description



Redpanda config file, if not set the file will be searched for in the default location.

-h, --help


Help for bootstrap.



This node’s ID (required). (default -1).



The list of known node addresses or hostnames.



Hint at this node’s IP address from within the list passed in\{" "} --ips.

-v, --verbose


Enable verbose logging (default false).