ArangoDB Manual Pages

Installing ArangoDB


You can find binary packages for various Linux distributions here.

We provide packages for

  • Centos
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • Mandriva
  • OpenSUSE
  • RedHat RHEL
  • Ubuntu

Using a Package Manager to install ArangoDB

Follow the instructions on the Downloads page to use your favorite package manager for the major distributions. After setting up the ArangoDB repository you can then easily install ArangoDB using yum, aptitude, urpmi, or zypper.


Please use the portage provided by @mgiken.


Download and import GPG-PublicKey

wget -O
apt-key add

Add the corresponding repository in file /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb LinuxMint-13 main

Update the repository data:

aptitude update

Now you should be able to search for arangodb:

aptitude search arangodb

In order to install arangodb:

aptitude install arangodb

Using Vagrant and Chef

A Chef recipe is available from jbianquetti at

Mac OS X

The preferred method for installing ArangoDB under Mac OS X is homebrew. However, in case you are not using homebrew, we provide a command-line app which contains all the executables.

There is also a version available in the AppStore, which comes with a nice graphical user interface to start and stop the server.


If you are usinghomebrew , then you can install the ArangoDB using brew as follows:

brew install arangodb

This will install the current stable version of ArangoDB and all dependencies within your Homebrew tree. Note that the server will be installed as


The ArangoDB shell will be install as


If you want to install the latest (unstable) version use:

brew install --HEAD arangodb

You can unstall ArangoDB using

brew uninstall arangodb

However, in case you started ArangoDB using the launchctl, then you need to unload it before uninstalling the server.

launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.arangodb.plist

Then remove the LaunchAgent

rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.arangodb.plist

Apple's App Store

ArangoDB is available in Apple's App-Store. Please note, that it sometimes takes days or weeks until the latest versions are available.

Command-Line App

In case you are not using homebrew, we also provide a command-line app. You can download it from

Choose Mac OS X and go to Grab binary packages directly. This allows you to install the application ArangoDB-CLI in your application folder.

Starting the application will start the server and open a terminal window showing you the log-file.

ArangoDB server has been started

The database directory is located at

The log file is located at

You can access the server using a browser at ''
or start the ArangoDB shell

Switching to log-file now, killing this windows will NOT stop the server.

2013-10-27T19:42:04Z [23840] INFO ArangoDB (version 1.4.devel [darwin]) is ready for business. Have fun!

Note that it is possible to install the homebrew version and the command-line app. You should, however, edit the configuration files of one version and change the port used.



The default installation directory is c:\Program Files\ArangoDB-1.x.y. During the installation process you may change this. In the following description we will assume that ArangoDB has been installed in the location <ROOTDIR>.

You have to be careful when choosing an installation directory. You need either write permission to this directoy or you need to modify the config file for the server process. In the latter case the database directory and the Foxx directory should must be writable by the user.

Installating for a single user: Select a different directory during installation. For example C:/Users/<username>/arangodb or C:/ArangoDB.

Installating for multiple users: Keep the default directory. After the installation edit the file <ROOTDIR>/etc/arangodb/arangod.conf. Adjust the directory and app-path so that these paths point into your home directory.

   directory = @HOMEDRIVE@/@HOMEPATH@/arangodb/databases

   app-path = @HOMEDRIVE@/@HOMEPATH@/arangodb/apps

   Create the directories for each user that wants to use ArangoDB.

Installating as Service: Keep the default directory. After the installation open a command line as administrator (search for cmd and right click run as administrator).

   cmd> arangod --install-service
   INFO: adding service 'ArangoDB - the multi-purpose database' (internal 'ArangoDB')
   INFO: added service with command line '"C:\Program Files (x86)\ArangoDB 1.4.4\bin\arangod.exe" --start-service'

   Open the service manager and start ArangoDB. In order to enable logging
   edit the file "<ROOTDIR>/etc/arangodb/arangod.conf" and uncomment the file

   file = @ROOTDIR@/var/log/arangodb/arangod.log

Client, Server and Lock-Files

Please note that ArangoDB consists of a database server and client tools. If you start the server, it will place a (read-only) lock file to prevent accidental access to the data. The server will attempt to remove this lock file when it is started to see if the lock is still valid - this is in case the installation did not proceed correctly or if the server terminated unexpectedly.


To start an ArangoDB server instance with networking enabled, use the executable arangod.exe located in <ROOTDIR>/bin. This will use the configuration file arangod.conf located in <ROOTDIR>/etc/arangodb, which you can adjust to your needs and use the data directory "<ROOTDIR>/var/lib/arangodb". This is the place where all your data (databases and collections) will be stored by default.

Please check the output of the arangod.exe executable before going on. If the server started successully, you should see a line ArangoDB is ready for business. Have fun! at the end of its output.

We now wish to check that the installation is working correctly and to do this we will be using the administration web interface. Execute arangod.exe if you have not already done so, then open up your web browser and point it to the page:

To check if your installation was successful, click the Collection tab and open the configutation. Select the System type. If the installation was successful, then the page should display a few system collections.

Try to add a new collection and then add some documents to this new collection. If you have succeeded in creating a new collection and inserting one or more documents, then your installation is working correctly.

Advanced Starting

If you want to provide our own start scripts, you can set the environment variable ARANGODB_CONFIG_PATH. This variable should point to a directory containing the configuration files.

Using the Client

To connect to an already running ArangoDB server instance, there is a shell arangosh.exe located in <ROOTDIR>/bin. This starts a shell which can be used (amongst other things) to administer and query a local or remote ArangoDB server.

Note that arangosh.exe does NOT start a separate server, it only starts the shell. To use it, you must have a server running somewhere, e.g. by using the arangod.exe executable.

arangosh.exe uses configuration from the file arangosh.conf located in <ROOTDIR>/etc/arangodb/. Please adjust this to your needs if you want to use different connection settings etc.


If you have an EXISTING database, then please note that currently a 32 bit version of ArangoDB is NOT compatible with a 64 bit version. This means that if you have a database created with a 32 bit version of ArangoDB it may become corrupted if you execute a 64 bit version of ArangoDB against the same database, and vice versa.


To upgrade an EXISTING database created with a previous version of ArangoDB, please execute the server arangod.exe with the option --upgrade. Otherwise starting ArangoDB may fail with errors.

Note that there is no harm in running the upgrade. So you should run this batch file if you are unsure of the database version you are using.

You should always check the output for errors to see if the upgrade was completed successfully.


To uninstall the Arango server application you can use the windows control panel (as you would normally uninstall an application). Note however, that any data files created by the Arango server will remain as well as the <ROOTDIR> directory. To complete the uninstallation process, remove the data files and the <ROOTDIR> directory manually.

Limitations for Cygwin

Please note some important limitations when running ArangoDB under Cygwin: Starting ArangoDB can be started from out of a Cygwin terminal, but pressing CTRL-C will forcefully kill the server process, without giving it a chance to handle the kill signal. In this case, a regular server shutdown is not possible, which may leave a file LOCK around in the server's data directory. This file needs to be removed manually to make ArangoDB start again. Additionally, as ArangoDB does not have a chance to handle the kill signal, the server cannot forcefully flush any data to disk on shutdown, leading to potential data loss. When starting ArangoDB from a Cygwin terminal it might also happen that no errors are printed in the terminal output. Starting ArangoDB from an MS-DOS command prompt does not impose these limitations and is thus the preferred method.

Please note that ArangoDB uses UTF-8 as its internal encoding and that the system console must support a UTF-8 codepage (65001) and font. It may be necessary to manually switch the console font to a font that supports UTF-8.

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