Getting Started with Keycloak.X

Chandra Sharma
1 min readJun 2, 2021
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What is Keycloak.X?

Keycloak.X is a Keycloak Distribution powered by Quarkus. One thing to note here is that this distribution is currently in Preview Mode only.

Is this different from Keycloak?

In terms of product features, there is NO difference. But distribution wise, YES it is different from traditional keycloak which runs on Wildfly.

What are the significant changes Keycloak.X brings?

Reduced startup time
Lower memory footprint
Container-first approach
Better developer experience
Focus on usability

How can I get started with Keycloak.X?

You can follow the below steps:

Step 1: Go to and download the Keycloak.X Preview version zip file.
Step 2: Unzip the downloaded file.
Step 3: Generate self-signed certificates to enable https
Step 4: Run kc.bat in bin directory. If want to run on http only, kc.bat start-dev
Step 5: Go to Admin Console running at https://localhost:8443
Step 6: Register Initial Admin User

If you want to see all this in action, here is the YouTube video for the same which details each steps mentioned.

Happy Reading :)



Chandra Sharma

I am a technology explorer who loves to read, hands-on and share the knowledge gained.