ArangoDB Shell Output

The ArangoDB shell will print the output of the last evaluated expression by default:

arangosh> 42 * 23

In order to prevent printing the result of the last evaluated expression, the expression result can be captured in a variable, e.g.

arangosh> var calculationResult = 42 * 23

There is also the print function to explicitly print out values in the ArangoDB shell:

arangosh> print({ a: "123", b: [1,2,3], c: "test" });
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By default, the ArangoDB shell uses a pretty printer when JSON documents are printed. This ensures documents are printed in a human-readable way:

arangosh> db._create("five")
arangosh> for (i = 0; i < 5; i++){value:i})
arangosh> db.five.toArray()
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While the pretty-printer produces nice looking results, it will need a lot of screen space for each document. Sometimes a more dense output might be better. In this case, the pretty printer can be turned off using the command stop_pretty_print().

To turn on pretty printing again, use the start_pretty_print() command.