Getting Started

So you’ve looked over our Introduction to Synapse and want to try it out! What do you do next?

Open-source Synapse and demo versions of commercial Synapse (Synapse Enterprise) are both available for you to deploy and test. Both versions include the same key features, including Synapse’s core architecture and functionality, our extensive data model, and the full capabilities of the Storm query language and libraries.

Open-source versions of Synapse provide a command-line interface (the Storm CLI) to interact with Synapse and its data. You can download Open-Source Synapse from our Github repository or use Synapse Quickstart to easily load a basic instance of Synapse.

Demo instances of Synapse Enterprise include Synapse’s web-based UI, also known as Optic.

We’ll explain each option in more detail below.

Synapse Quickstart

Synapse Quickstart is a Docker container that includes everything you need to start using Synapse and the Storm CLI right away. Because Synapse Quickstart is self-contained, you can easily install and launch this basic Synapse instance on Linux, Windows, or MacOS.

You can find the instructions to download and install Synapse Quickstart here.

Synapse Quickstart is best for:

  • Individual users.

  • Users who want to test Synapse without the need for a formal deployment.

  • Users who are most interested in learning about Synapse’s data and analytical models and the Storm query langauge (vs. deployment or development tasks).

  • Users who want to test or use Synapse with proprietary or sensitive data that must be hosted locally.

Synapse Quickstart is not pre-loaded with any data.

Open-Source Synapse

The full open-source version of Synapse is available from our Github repository. Instructions for deploying a test or production environment are available in the Synapse Deployment Guide.

Open-source Synapse is best for:

  • Users who want to work with or try out a full version of Synapse.

  • Supporting multiple users and / or networked users, including the (optional) ability to configure roles and permissions.

  • Developers who want to build on or integrate with Synapse.

  • Users who want to test or use Synapse with proprietary or sensitive data that must be hosted locally.

Open-source Synapse is not pre-loaded with any data. However, some of Synapse’s Power-Ups are available as open source and can help you automate adding data to Synapse:

Synapse Demo Instance

Commercial Synapse (Synapse Enterprise) and our commercial demo instances include the web-based Synapse UI (Optic). Demo instances are cloud-hosted, so there is nothing for you configure or deploy to get started - all you need is a web browser (we recommend Chrome).

You can request a demo instance from our web site.


Synapse Enterprise can be deployed either on premises or in the cloud. Only the demo instances are cloud-only.

Demo instances provide access to all of Synapse’s Rapid Power-Ups, both open-source and commercial. Any Rapid Power-Up can be installed in your demo instance (although some Power-Ups may reqiure API keys and / or paid subscriptions from the associated third-party).

Demo instances are updated automatically each week with any new releases of Synapse and Optic. New or updated Rapid Power-Ups are available upon release and can be updated manually from the Power-Ups Tool.

In addition, demo instances are pre-loaded with sample data and tags (just under 300,000 objects). You can explore the data on your own, or use our APT1 Scavenger Hunt as a guided way to learn about the Synapse UI and Storm query language.

A demo instance is best for:

  • Users who want to test all of Synapse’s features and capabilities, including those only available with Synapse Enterprise.

  • Supporting multiple users and / or networked users, including the (optional) ability to configure roles and permissions.

  • Simple deployment - no hardware/software needed (other than a web browser).

  • Developers who want insight into developing Power-Ups or Workflows.

  • Users and developers who want access to the “latest and greatest” releases and features during testing.

  • Users who want to take advantage of all of Synapse’s features (including built-in Help for Synapse’s data model, Storm auto-complete, etc.) while learning - even if you ultimately deploy an open-source version.


Because demo instances are cloud-based, they are not suitable for hosting any sensitive or proprietary data.