Features and Capabilities

ArangoDB is a graph database with a powerful set of features for data management and analytics, supported by a rich ecosystem of integrations and drivers

On-premises versus Cloud

Fully managed cloud service

The fully managed multi-cloud ArangoGraph Insights Platform  is the easiest and fastest way to get started. It runs the Enterprise Edition of ArangoDB, lets you deploy clusters with just a few clicks, and is operated by a dedicated team of ArangoDB engineers day and night. You can choose from a variety of support plans to meet your needs.

  • Supports many cloud deployment regions across the main cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP)
  • High availability featuring multi-region zone clusters, managed backups, and zero-downtime upgrades
  • Integrated monitoring, alerting, and log management
  • Highly secure with encryption at transit and at rest
  • Includes elastic scalability for all deployment models (OneShard and Sharded clusters)

To learn more, go to the ArangoGraph documentation.

Self-managed in the cloud

ArangoDB can be self-deployed on AWS or other cloud platforms, too. However, when using a self-managed deployment, you take full control of managing the resources needed to run it in the cloud. This involves tasks such as configuring, provisioning, and monitoring the system. For more details, see self-deploying ArangoDB in the cloud.

ArangoDB supports Kubernetes through its official Kubernetes Operator that allows you to easily deploy and manage clusters within a Kubernetes environment.


Running ArangoDB on-premises means that ArangoDB is installed locally, on your organization’s computers and servers, and involves managing all the necessary resources within the organization’s environment, rather than using external services.

You can install ArangoDB locally by downloading and running the official packages  or run it using Docker images.

You can deploy it on-premises as a single server or as a cluster comprised of multiple nodes with synchronous replication and automatic failover for high availability and resilience. For the highest level of data safety, you can additionally set up off-site replication for your entire cluster (Datacenter-to-Datacenter Replication).

ArangoDB also integrates with Kubernetes, offering a Kubernetes Operator that lets you deploy in your Kubernetes cluster.

ArangoDB Editions

Community Edition

ArangoDB is freely available in a Community Edition under the Apache 2.0 open-source license. It is a fully-featured version without time or size restrictions and includes cluster support.

  • Open source under a permissive license
  • One database core for all graph, document, key-value, and search needs
  • A single composable query language for all data models
  • Extensible through microservices with custom REST APIs and user-definable query functions
  • Cluster deployments for high availability and resilience

See all Community Edition Features.

Enterprise Edition

ArangoDB is also available in a commercial version, called the Enterprise Edition. It includes additional features for performance and security, such as for scaling graphs and managing your data safely.

  • Includes all Community Edition features
  • Performance options to smartly shard and replicate graphs and datasets for optimal data locality
  • Multi-tenant deployment option for the transactional guarantees and performance of a single server
  • Enhanced data security with on-disk and backup encryption, key rotation, audit logging, and LDAP authentication
  • Incremental backups without downtime and off-site replication

See all Enterprise Edition Features.

Differences between the Editions

Community EditionEnterprise Edition
Apache 2.0 LicenseCommercial License
Sharding using consistent hashing on the default or custom shard keysIn addition, smart sharding for improved data locality
Only hash-based graph shardingSmartGraphs to intelligently shard large graph datasets and EnterpriseGraphs with an automatic sharding key selection
Only regular collection replication without data locality optimizationsSatelliteCollections to replicate collections on all cluster nodes and data locality optimizations for queries
No optimizations when querying sharded graphs and replicated collections togetherSmartGraphs using SatelliteCollections to enable more local execution of graph queries
Only regular graph replication without local execution optimizationsSatelliteGraphs to execute graph traversals locally on a cluster node
Collections can be sharded alike but joins do not utilize co-locationSmartJoins for co-located joins in a cluster using identically sharded collections
Graph traversals without parallel executionParallel execution of traversal queries with many start vertices
Graph traversals always load full documentsTraversal projections optimize the data loading of AQL traversal queries if only a few document attributes are accessed
Iterative graph processing (Pregel) for single serversPregel graph processing for clusters and single servers
Inverted indexes and Views without support for search highlighting and nested searchSearch highlighting for getting the substring positions of matches and nested search for matching arrays with all the conditions met by a single object
Only standard Jaccard index calculationJaccard similarity approximation with MinHash for entity resolution, such as for finding duplicate records, based on how many common elements they have
Only regular cluster deploymentsOneShard deployment option to store all collections of a database on a single cluster node, to combine the performance of a single server and ACID semantics with a fault-tolerant cluster setup
ACID transactions for multi-document / multi-collection queries on single servers, for single document operations in clusters, and for multi-document queries in clusters for collections with a single shardIn addition, ACID transactions for multi-collection queries using the OneShard feature
Always read from leader shards in clustersOptionally allow dirty reads to read from followers to scale reads
TLS key and certificate rotationIn addition, key rotation for JWT secrets and server name indication (SNI)
Built-in user management and authenticationAdditional LDAP authentication option
Only server logsAudit log of server interactions
No on-disk encryptionEncryption at Rest with hardware-accelerated on-disk encryption and key rotation
Only regular backupsDatacenter-to-Datacenter Replication for disaster recovery
Only unencrypted backups and basic data masking for backupsHot Backups, encrypted backups, and enhanced data masking for backups