ArangoDB Documentation

First Steps in ArangoDB

For installation instructions, please refer to the Installation Manual.

As you know from the introduction ArangoDB is a multi-purpose open-source Database. You can see the Key features below or look directly at the programs in the ArangoDB package.

Key features include:

  • Schema-free schemata: Lets you combine the space efficiency of MySQL with the performance power of NoSQL
  • Application server: Use ArangoDB as an application server and fuse your application and database together for maximal throughput
  • JavaScript for all: No language zoo, you can use one language from your browser to your back-end
  • Flexible data modeling: Model your data as combinations of key-value pairs, documents or graphs - perfect for social relations
  • Free index choice: Use the correct index for your problem, may it be a skip list or a fulltext search
  • Configurable durability: Let the application decide if it needs more durability or more performance
  • No-nonsense storage: ArangoDB uses all of the power of modern storage hardware, like SSD and large caches
  • Powerful query language (AQL) to retrieve and modify data
  • Transactions: Run queries on multiple documents or collections with optional transactional consistency and isolation
  • Replication: Set up the database in a master-slave configuration
  • It is open source (Apache Licence 2.0)

For more in-depth information:

  • Read more on the Design Goals of ArangoDB
  • Watch the video: Martin Schönert, architect of ArangoDB, gives an introduction of what the ArangoDB project is about
  • Or give it a try

ArangoDB programs

The ArangoDB package comes with the following programs:

  • arangod: The ArangoDB database daemon. This server program is intended to run as a daemon process and to serve the various clients connection to the server via TCP / HTTP. See Details about the ArangoDB Server
  • arangosh: The ArangoDB shell. A client that implements a read-eval-print loop (REPL) and provides functions to access and administrate the ArangoDB server. See Details about the ArangoDB Shell.
  • arangoimp: A bulk importer for the ArangoDB server. See Details about Arangoimp.
  • arangodump: A tool to create backups of an ArangoDB database. See Details about Arangodump.
  • arangorestore: A tool to reload data from a backup into an ArangoDB database. See Details about Arangorestore
  • arango-dfdb: A datafile debugger for ArangoDB. It is intended to be used primarily during development of ArangoDB