Installing ArangoDB on Linux

You can install ArangoDB on most common Linux distributions. The basic installation steps are:

  1. Visit the official Download page of the ArangoDB web site and choose between Community and Enterprise Edition.

  2. Click the logo of the distribution that matches your operating system. If you use Linux Mint, click Ubuntu or Debian.

  3. You can choose between different installation methods and packages:
    • distribution-dependent installation packages (.rpm, .deb)
    • tar packages (tar.gz archives)
    • installation via a package manager
  4. Installation and tar packages: You may verify the integrity of a download by comparing the SHA256 hash listed on the website with the hash of the file. For example, you can you run openssl sha256 <filename> or sha256sum <filename> in a terminal.

    Package manager: package managers generally validate downloaded packages automatically. For more information, see SecureApt (Debian packages) and Secure distribution of RPM packages for instance.

  5. Installation packages: run sudo rpm -i <filename>.rpm or sudo apt install <filename>.deb respectively in a terminal and follow the on-screen instructions.

    Tar packages: unpack the archive, for example by running tar -xzf <filename>.

    Package manager: follow the installation instructions on the Download page. You may also use another package manager. After setting up the ArangoDB repository, you can easily install ArangoDB using yum, aptitude, urpmi, or zypper.

  6. You can start ArangoDB in several ways. The exact start-up command depends on your Linux distribution, as well as on the type of ArangoDB deployment you are interested in (Single Server, Active Failover, Cluster, DC2DC). Please refer to the Deployment chapter for details.

Securing your Installation

Debian / Ubuntu

Debian-based packages will ask you to set a password for the root user during installation.

Securing Unattended Installations on Debian

For unattended installations, you can set the password using the debconf helpers:

echo arangodb3 arangodb3/password password NEWPASSWORD | debconf-set-selections
echo arangodb3 arangodb3/password_again password NEWPASSWORD | debconf-set-selections

The commands above should be executed prior to the installation.

Red-Hat / CentOS

Red-Hat-based packages will set a random password for the root user during installation. The generated random password is printed during the installation. Please write it down somewhere, or change it to a password of your choice by executing:


The command should be executed after the installation.

Other Distributions

For other distributions run arango-secure-installation to set the password for the root user.

Please be aware that running arango-secure-installation on your ArangoDB server will remove all current database users but root.