Download and Installation of YaCy

YaCy is available as packages for Windows, Macintosh and Debian packages. You can also install YaCy on any other operation system using a tarball. YaCy needs Java 8, we recommend to run Openjdk 8.

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YaCy is free software - licensed under GPL-2. We provide downloads free of charge, but we ask for a donation:

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Linux: Generic Tarball

Windows Installer

Mac Application

Get the Source Code

The source code is inside the generic tarball. We recommend that you clone our git repository at

Development builds

Automatic builds can be obtained from


This is an easy process and everyone should be able to do this. Windows and Macintosh users should be able to install YaCy in the same way as they install any other application.

On Linux and any other Operation Systems

If you know how to install Java on your computer and how to start a shell script, the process is very simple:

This can be done by running in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get install -y openjdk-8-jre-headless
tar xfz yacy_v1.922_20191013_9964.tar.gz
cd yacy

On Windows

On Macintosh

Compile YaCy yourself

You can download and build your own YaCy with these simple steps. You need:

then do:

git clone
cd yacy_search_server
ant clean all dist

The compiled tarball in then in the RELEASE folder.