How to setup ArangoDB on DigitalOcean with Docker in < 2 minutes

Johannes Linowski
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2 min readMar 10, 2017


ArangoDB is an interesting young database, which combines three popular data models: documents, graphs and key-value stores. Some other features like database-side scripting endpoints are very interesting too. Give it a try! Let’s kickstart the setup and deploy a ready ArangoDB setup on DigitalOcean with docker.

Mediums forecast of reading this article is 2 minutes. You can setup ArangoDB within this time too! In fact, you only have to click about 5 times and execute 3 commands.

1. Create DigitalOcean Droplet with Docker

Register/Log-in to DigitalOcean and create a new droplet with docker preinstalled:

“Create Droplet” -> “One-click Apps” -> “Docker 17.03.0-ce on 16.04
The versions might differ.

Choose your preferred settings (size, region etc.) and add an SSH key to access the droplet afterwards.

2. Install & start ArangoDB

Just connect to your droplet (use your droplets IP and the SSH key)..

ssh -i /path/to/your/ssh-key root@12.345.67.89

.. and execute one single command (choose your custom password instead of ha2WF4qdHc):

docker run -e ARANGO_ROOT_PASSWORD=ha2WF4qdHc -p 8529:8529 -d arangodb/arangodb

The command does certain things:

  • It downloads the newest ArangoDB docker image (because it is not yet available on the droplet).
  • It installs the ArangeDB docker image, creates a root user with the given password and starts the container.
  • It makes sure that the ArangoDB port 8529 is accessible from outside the docker container.

3. Open it for the world

Now, wo just have to open the port of the droplet to access the database from the “open” internet:

ufw allow 8529

Ready to create great apps with ArangoDB!

The database endpoint is ready for queries!

You can create databases, users, permissions and many more from the built-in ArangoDB interface. Just use the IP of your droplet and the default ArangoDB-Port 8529.


Have fun!



Johannes Linowski

CTO at Foodly | FullStack-WebDeveloper from Germany/Karlsruhe. In ♥ with NodeJS, React, ReactNative, MongoDB, Docker, NextJS..