ArangoDB is a multi-model, open-source database with flexible data models for documents, graphs, and key-values. Build high performance applications using a convenient SQL-like query language or JavaScript extensions. Use ACID transactions if you require them. Scale horizontally with a few mouse clicks.

The supported data models can be mixed in queries and allow ArangoDB to be the aggregation point for your data.

Programming language: C++
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
Tags: NoSQL     Key-Value     document     Distributed     Graph    
Latest version: v3.5.0-rc.7

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ArangoDB is a scalable open-source multi-model database natively supporting graph, document and search. All supported data models & access patterns can be combined in queries allowing for maximal flexibility. ArangoDB runs on prem, in the cloud – anywhere.

ArangoDB Cloud Service

Oasis is the simplest way to run ArangoDB. Users can make deployments on all major cloud providers in many regions. Test ArangoDBs Cloud Service Oasis for free.

Getting Started

For the impatient:

  • Start the ArangoDB Docker container

    docker run -e ARANGO_ROOT_PASSWORD=test123 -p 8529:8529 -d arangodb/arangodb

  • Alternatively, download and install ArangoDB. Start the server arangod if the installer did not do it for you.

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Key Features in ArangoDB

  • Multi-Model: Documents, graphs and key-value pairs — model your data as you see fit for your application.
  • Joins: Conveniently join what belongs together for flexible ad-hoc querying, less data redundancy.
  • Transactions: Easy application development keeping your data consistent and safe. No hassle in your client.

Here is an AQL query that makes use of all those features:

AQL Query Example

Joins and transactions are key features for flexible, secure data designs, widely used in relational databases but lacking in many NoSQL products. However, there is no need to forgo them in ArangoDB. You decide how and when to use joins and strong consistency guarantees, without sacrificing performance and scalability.

Furthermore, ArangoDB offers a JavaScript framework called Foxx that is executed in the database server with direct access to the data. Build your own data-centric microservices with a few lines of code. By extending the HTTP API with user code written in JavaScript, ArangoDB can be turned into a strict schema-enforcing persistence engine.

Other features of ArangoDB include:

  • Horizontal scalability: ArangoDB will seamlessly shard your data horizontally across multiple machines.
  • Use a data-centric microservices approach with ArangoDB Foxx and fuse your application-logic 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 combination of key-value pairs, documents or graphs - perfect for social relations
  • Powerful query language (AQL) to retrieve and modify data
  • Transactions: run queries on multiple documents or collections with optional transactional consistency and isolation
  • Replication and Sharding: set up the database in a master-slave configuration or spread bigger datasets across multiple servers
  • Configurable durability: let the application decide if it needs more durability or more performance
  • Schema-free schemata let you combine the space efficiency of MySQL with the performance power of NoSQL
  • index support: exploit the perfect index types for your different use cases, including document queries, graph queries, geo location queries, and fulltext searches
  • ArangoDB is multi-threaded - exploit the power of all your cores
  • Easy to use web interface and command-line client tools for interaction with the server
  • It is open source (Apache License 2.0)

For more in-depth information read the design goals of ArangoDB

Latest Release

Packages for all supported platforms can be downloaded from https://www.arangodb.com/download.

Please also check what's new in ArangoDB.

More Information

See our documentation for detailed installation & compilation instructions.

There is an introductory chapter showing the basic operation of ArangoDB. To learn ArangoDB's query language check out the AQL tutorial.

Stay in Contact

We really appreciate feature requests and bug reports. Please use our Github issue tracker for reporting them:


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StackOverflow is great for questions about AQL, usage scenarios etc.


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