How to Install ArangoDB on Ubuntu 20.04

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ArangoDB is a NoSQL database system but AQL is similar in many ways to SQL. So you will find many things similar but obviously with the ArangoDB touch.

Another thing that makes ArangoDB stand out is that it is open source and it is written in C. So it is quite fast for many queries and it works well in large and scalable projects.

ArangoDB can be easily installed on Linux using Docker or Kubernetes or a manual installation. In this post, we will walk you through the steps to install ArangoDB on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install ArangoDB on Ubuntu 20.04

Before you start, update your system completely

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

ArangoDB has packages for many Linux distributions, but also special repositories. In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, we have one that we can add to the system

First, install some packages that are necessary to complete this tutorial:

sudo apt install curl apt-transport-https gnupg2 -y

To do so first download and add the GPG key for it.

curl -OL
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key

Now add the Ubuntu repository. With this repository, we will get the latest version of the 3.8 series the most recent at the time of publishing this post.

echo 'deb /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/arangodb.list

Refresh APT.

sudo apt update

And install ArangoDB by running

sudo apt install arangodb3=3.8.1-1

In the future, more versions of the 3.8.x branch will be released. To install just modify the command line to the latest version.

While installing the package, you will be presented with a screen where you will have to enter the initial root password. Choose the one you want.

Set the root password for ArangoDB

Then, confirm it.

Confirm the root password.

Then, you will then be asked if you want to update the database automatically when a new version is released. If you don’t plan to update the version of ArangoDB you can answer no.

Configuring ArangoDB

You will then be asked if you want to make a backup of the database before the hypothetical upgrade.

After that, you can check the status of the service by running

sudo systemctl status arangodb3

You should get the following output:

This way ArangoDB is already installed on the system.

Enabling the ArangoDB web interface

ArangoDB includes a powerful web interface that will help you with database and data management itself. In addition to this, we can use it to configure the instance.

To do this, you have to modify a value in the ArangoDB configuration file.

So, open it:

sudo nano /etc/arangodb3/arangod.conf

And replace the line

endpoint = tcp://


endpoint = tcp://ip-server:8529

Specifying the IP address of your server or domain.

Save the changes and restart the ArangoDB service.

sudo systemctl restart arangodb3

Remember that for this to work you need to open port 8529 on your system firewall or your VPS provider.

Now open a web browser and go to http://your-server:8529.

Enter the root user password.

Then select the database you will be working with and you are done. You will see the dashboard and you will be able to use ArangoDB on your server.


ArangoDB aims to be a market solution for NoSQL database managers. It can do this thanks to its ASQL language and the quality of the product they deliver. That’s All. You have successfully installed on Ubuntu 20.04

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