The default installation directory is C:\Program Files\ArangoDB-3.x.x. 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 directory or you need to modify the config file for the server process. In the latter case the database directory and the Foxx directory have to be writable by the user.

Single User Installation

Select a different directory during installation. For example C:\Users\<Username>\ArangoDB or C:\ArangoDB.

Multiple Users Installation

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.

Service Installation

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-model database' (internal 'ArangoDB')
INFO: added service with command line '"C:\Program Files (x86)\ArangoDB 3.x.x\bin\arangod.exe" --start-service'

Open the service manager and start ArangoDB. In order to enable logging edit the file "\etc\arangodb\arangod.conf" and uncomment the file option.

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


If you installed ArangoDB as a service it is automatically started.

Otherwise, 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 successfully, 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:

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.


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.