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How To Install Envoy Proxy on Debian 11

Install Envoy Proxy on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Envoy Proxy on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Envoy proxy is a free and open-source service proxy designed for cloud-native applications. It uses YAML configuration files for static configuration and also uses a set of gRPC-based APIs.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Envoy Proxy open-source edge and service proxy on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 or Debian 11.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Envoy Proxy on Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install debian-keyring debian-archive-keyring apt-transport-https curl lsb-release

Step 2. Installing Envoy Proxy on Debian 11.

By default, Envoy Proxy is not available on Debian 11 base repository. So, now run the following command below to add the Envoy Proxy repository to your Debian system:

echo "deb [arch=amd64 \
signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/getenvoy-keyring.gpg] \ \
$(lsb_release -cs) main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getenvoy.list

Next, import the GPG key:

curl -sL '' | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/getenvoy-keyring.gpg
echo a077cb587a1b622e03aa4bf2f3689de14658a9497a9af2c427bba5f4cc3c4723 /usr/share/keyrings/getenvoy-keyring.gpg | sha256sum --check

After the repository is enabled, now install the latest version of Apache CouchDB using the below command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install getenvoy-envoy

Verify the Envoy version using the following command:

envoy --version

Step 4. Use Envoy.

Once successfully installed, to check Envoy commands use the help command:

envoy --help

Let’s run Envoy with a demo configuration file:

envoy -c envoy-demo.yaml

To know if Envoy is proxying, use the following command:

curl -v localhost:10000

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Envoy Proxy. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the Envoy Proxy open-source service proxy on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Envoy Proxy website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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