The quickest way to spin up a fully functioning Concourse is with Vagrant.
Just run the following in any directory:
vagrant init concourse/lite # creates ./Vagrantfile vagrant up # downloads the box and spins up the VM
The web server will be running at 192.168.100.4:8080.
While this isn't exactly production ready, it may be enough depending on your project's needs. Given that Concourse is stateless, you can always hoist your pipeline onto a bigger installation when you're ready, so there's little risk in sticking with the Vagrant boxes while you figure things out.
Note that upgrading Concourse in Vagrant unfortunately requires re-creating
the machine, which will wipe out all of your submitted pipelines, build
history, etc. If Vagrant gives a warning of
A newer version of the box 'concourse/lite' is available!,
run the following:
vagrant box update --box concourse/lite # gets the newest Vagrant box vagrant destroy # remove the old Vagrant box vagrant up # re-create the machine with the newer box