Single Instance

Running a single instance of ArangoDB is the most simple way to get started. It means to run the ArangoDB Server binary arangod stand-alone, without replication, without failover opportunity, and not as cluster together with other nodes.

You may run multiple processes of arangod side-by-side on the same machine as single instances, as long as they are configured for different ports and data folders. The official installers may not support multiple installations side-by-side, but you can get archive packages and unpack them manually.

The provided ArangoDB packages run as single instances out of the box.

Unlike other setups, like the Active Failover, Cluster, or Multiple Datacenters, which require some specific procedure to be started once the ArangoDB package has been installed, deploying a single-instance is straightforward.

Depending on your operating system, after the installation, the ArangoDB Server might be already up and running. Start, stop and restart operations can be handled directly by using your System and Service Manager.

The following are two additional ways that can be used to start the stand-alone instance: