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Starting and Shutting Down Nodes

This chapter explains how to start server nodes and client nodes. Refer to the Installation Guide for the installation instructions.

You can start a node by running the script.

Starting Server Nodes

To start a regular server node, use the following command or code snippet: path/to/configuration.xml
IgniteConfiguration cfg = new IgniteConfiguration();
Ignite ignite = Ignition.start(cfg);

Ignite is an autoclosable resource. You can use the try-with-resource statement to automatically close it:

IgniteConfiguration cfg = new IgniteConfiguration();

try (Ignite ignite = Ignition.start(cfg)) {

Starting Client Nodes

To start a client node, simply enable the client mode in the node’s configuration:

<bean class="org.apache.ignite.configuration.IgniteConfiguration">
    <property name="clientMode" value="true"/>
    <!-- other properties -->
IgniteConfiguration cfg = new IgniteConfiguration();

// Enable client mode.

// Start a client
Ignite ignite = Ignition.start(cfg);

Shutting Down Nodes

If you started a node by running the script and didn’t detach from the terminal, you can stop the node by hitting Ctrl+C. If you detached from the terminal, you can kill the node by executing the kill command:

kill <pid>

To stop a node from the program that launched it, use the following code:


When the close() method is called, all cache instances that were obtained from the ignite instance will be closed as well.

Ignition::Stop(ignite.GetName(), false);

Setting JVM Options

There are several ways you can set JVM options when starting a node by running the script. These ways are described in the following sections.

JVM_OPTS System Variable

You can set the JVM_OPTS environment variable:

export JVM_OPTS="$JVM_OPTS -Xmx6G"; $IGNITE_HOME/bin/

Command Line Arguments

You can also pass JVM options by using the -J prefix:

./ -J-Xmx6G