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In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install OrientDB on your Ubuntu 20.04|18.04 server. OrientDB is the world’s leading open source NoSQL multi-model database management system written in Java. It is the most versatile DBMS which supports Graph, Document, Reactive, Full-Text, Geospatial and Key-Value models in one Multi-Model product.

You can run OrientDB in a distributed (Multi-Master) setup and supports SQL, ACID Transactions, Full-Text indexing and Reactive Queries. To know the power of OrientDB, take a look at OrientDB vs MongoDB for Document Databases and OrientDB vs Neo4j to have a comparison with a popular Graph Database.

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Install and Configure OrientDB on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04

In this guide, we will install OrientDB Community Edition which is available as a binary package for download. Open OrientDB downloads page.

Step 1: Install OrientDB Dependencies.

Java is needed on your Ubuntu 20.04|18.04 system to run OrientDB database system. Install it like below:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install apt-transport-https default-jdk-headless vim bash-completion

Install wget to download OriendDB installation file:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wget

Step 2: Install OrientDB on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04 LTS

Once wget is installed, download the archive file. Check Github releases page and replace 3.1.11 with the latest version.

export RELEASE="3.1.11"

Uncompress the file:

tar xvf orientdb-${RELEASE}.tar.gz

Move the resulting directory to /opt/orientdb

sudo mv orientdb-${RELEASE} /opt/orientdb

Add system user to manage orientdb:

sudo groupadd -r orientdb
sudo useradd --system -g orientdb orientdb
sudo chown -R orientdb:orientdb /opt/orientdb

Create a root password:

cd /opt/orientdb/bin/
sudo ./

Sample output:

|                WARNING: FIRST RUN CONFIGURATION               |
| This is the first time the server is running. Please type a   |
| password of your choice for the 'root' user or leave it blank |
| to auto-generate it.                                          |
|                                                               |
| To avoid this message set the environment variable or JVM     |
| setting ORIENTDB_ROOT_PASSWORD to the root password to use.   |

Root password [BLANK=auto generate it]: **************
Please confirm the root password: **************

OrientDB Studio will be available at:


Step 3: Configure the OrientDB systemd service

The OrientDB’s package contains a service descriptor file for systemd based distros. The orientdb.service is placed in the bin directory. You can use locate command to find this fule path:

$ sudo find /opt/orientdb -name orientdb.service

Copy the service unit file to  /etc/systemd/system/ directory.

sudo cp /opt/orientdb/bin/orientdb.service /etc/systemd/system/

Edit the file to set user and group for running the application.

sudo vim /etc/systemd/system/orientdb.service

It should look like below:

# Copyright (c) OrientDB LTD (http://
Description=OrientDB Server



Set data directory permissions:

chown -R orientdb:orientdb /opt/orientdb/

Start orientdb service:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start orientdb

Check the service status:

$ systemctl status orientdb
● orientdb.service - OrientDB Server
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/orientdb.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Wed 2021-04-28 10:37:54 UTC; 3s ago
   Main PID: 1354 (java)
      Tasks: 29 (limit: 4683)
     Memory: 251.0M
     CGroup: /system.slice/orientdb.service
             └─1354 /bin/java -server -Xms2G -Xmx2G -Djna.nosys=true -XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError -Djava.awt.headless=true -Dfile.encoding=UTF8 -Drhino.opt.le>

Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:847 INFO  Installing dynamic plugin 'orientdb-etl-3.1.11.jar'... [OServerPluginManager]
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:854 INFO  Installing dynamic plugin 'orientdb-teleporter-3.1.11.jar'... [OServerPluginManager]
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:862 INFO  Installing dynamic plugin 'orientdb-neo4j-importer-plugin-3.1.11-dist.jar'... [OServerPlugi>
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:866 INFO  Installing dynamic plugin ''... [OServerPluginManager]
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:870 INFO  ODefaultPasswordAuthenticator is active [ODefaultPasswordAuthenticator]
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:871 INFO  OServerConfigAuthenticator is active [OServerConfigAuthenticator]
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:873 INFO  OSystemUserAuthenticator is active [OSystemUserAuthenticator]
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:874 INFO  [OVariableParser.resolveVariables] Property not found: distributed [orientechnologies]
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:880 WARNI Authenticated clients can execute any kind of code into the server by using the following a>
Apr 28 10:37:57 ubuntu[1354]: 2021-04-28 10:37:57:884 INFO  OrientDB Studio available at [OServer]

Your orientdb service should now be running. Open the UI using:


Login with the username root and password configured earlier.

orientdb ubuntu 18.04 login min

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