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ArangoDB Server Server Options

Managing Endpoints

The ArangoDB server can listen for incoming requests on multiple endpoints.

The endpoints are normally specified either in ArangoDB’s configuration file or on the command-line like --server.endpoint. ArangoDB supports different types of endpoints:

  • tcp://ipv4-address:port - TCP/IP endpoint, using IPv4
  • tcp://[ipv6-address]:port - TCP/IP endpoint, using IPv6
  • ssl://ipv4-address:port - TCP/IP endpoint, using IPv4, SSL encryption
  • ssl://[ipv6-address]:port - TCP/IP endpoint, using IPv6, SSL encryption
  • unix:///path/to/socket - Unix domain socket endpoint

If a TCP/IP endpoint is specified without a port number, then the default port (8529) will be used. If multiple endpoints need to be used, the option can be repeated multiple times.

The default endpoint for ArangoDB is tcp:// or tcp://localhost:8529.


unix> ./arangod --server.endpoint tcp://
                --server.endpoint ssl://
                --ssl.keyfile server.pem /tmp/vocbase
2019-05-06T07:30:42Z [9228] INFO ArangoDB 3.4.5 [linux] 64bit, using jemalloc, build tags/v3.4.5-0-g648fbb8191, VPack 0.1.33, RocksDB 5.16.0, ICU 58.1, V8 5.7.492.77, OpenSSL 1.1.0j  20 Nov 2018
2019-05-06T07:30:43Z [9228] INFO {authentication} Jwt secret not specified, generating...
2019-05-06T07:30:43Z [9228] INFO using storage engine rocksdb
2019-05-06T07:30:43Z [9228] INFO {cluster} Starting up with role SINGLE
2019-05-06T07:50:53Z [9228] INFO {syscall} file-descriptors (nofiles) hard limit is 1048576, soft limit is 1048576
2019-05-06T07:50:53Z [9228] INFO {authentication} Authentication is turned on (system only), authentication for unix sockets is turned on
2019-05-06T07:30:43Z [9228] INFO using endpoint 'http+tcp://' for non-encrypted requests
2019-05-06T07:30:43Z [9228] INFO using endpoint 'http+ssl://' for ssl-encrypted requests
2019-05-06T07:30:44Z [9228] INFO ArangoDB (version 3.4.5 [linux]) is ready for business. Have fun!

Given a hostname:

--server.endpoint tcp://hostname:port

Given an IPv4 address:

--server.endpoint tcp://ipv4-address:port

Given an IPv6 address:

--server.endpoint tcp://[ipv6-address]:port

On one specific ethernet interface each port can only be bound exactly once. You can look up your available interfaces using the ifconfig command on Linux / macOS - the Windows equivalent is ipconfig (see Wikipedia for more details). The general names of the interfaces differ on OS’s and hardwares they run on. However, typically every host has a so called loopback interface, which is a virtual interface. By convention it always has the address or ::1 (ipv6), and can only be reached from exactly the very same host. Ethernet interfaces usually have names like eth0, wlan0, eth1:17, le0 or a plain text name in Windows.

To find out which services already use ports (so ArangoDB can’t bind them anymore), you can use the netstat command (it behaves a little different on each platform, run it with -lnpt on Linux, -p tcp on macOS or with -an on windows for valuable information).

ArangoDB can also do a so called broadcast bind using tcp:// This way it will be reachable on all interfaces of the host. This may be useful on development systems that frequently change their network setup like laptops.

ArangoDB can also listen to IPv6 link-local addresses via adding the zone ID to the IPv6 address in the form [ipv6-link-local-address%zone-id]. However, what you probably instead want is to bind to a local IPv6 address. Local IPv6 addresses start with fd. If you only see a fe80: IPv6 address in your interface configuration but no IPv6 address starting with fd your interface has no local IPv6 address assigned. You can read more about IPv6 link-local addresses here.


Bind to a link-local and local IPv6 address.

unix> ifconfig

This command lists all interfaces and assigned ip addresses. The link-local address may be fe80::6257:18ff:fe82:3ec6%eth0 (IPv6 address plus interface name). A local IPv6 address may be fd12:3456::789a. To bind ArangoDB to it start arangod with --server.endpoint tcp://[fe80::6257:18ff:fe82:3ec6%eth0]:8529. Use telnet to test the connection.

unix> telnet fe80::6257:18ff:fe82:3ec6%eth0 8529
Trying fe80::6257:18ff:fe82:3ec6...
Connected to my-machine.
Escape character is '^]'.
GET / HTTP/1.1

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Location: /_db/_system/_admin/aardvark/index.html
Content-Type: text/html
Server: ArangoDB
Connection: Keep-Alive
Content-Length: 197

<html><head><title>Moved</title></head><body><h1>Moved</h1><p>This page has moved to <a href="/_db/_system/_admin/aardvark/index.html">/_db/_system/_admin/aardvark/index.html</a>.</p></body></html>

Reuse address


If this boolean option is set to true then the socket option SO_REUSEADDR is set on all server endpoints, which is the default. If this option is set to false it is possible that it takes up to a minute after a server has terminated until it is possible for a new server to use the same endpoint again. This is why this is activated by default.

Please note however that under some operating systems this can be a security risk because it might be possible for another process to bind to the same address and port, possibly hijacking network traffic. Under Windows, ArangoDB additionally sets the flag SO_EXCLUSIVEADDRUSE as a measure to alleviate this problem.

Backlog size


Allows to specify the size of the backlog for the listen system call The default value is 10. The maximum value is platform-dependent. Specifying a higher value than defined in the system header’s SOMAXCONN may result in a warning on server start. The actual value used by listen may also be silently truncated on some platforms (this happens inside the listen system call).

Maximal queue size

Maximum size of the queue for requests: --server.maximal-queue-size size

Specifies the maximum size of the queue for asynchronous task execution. If the queue already contains size tasks, new tasks will be rejected until other tasks are popped from the queue. Setting this value may help preventing from running out of memory if the queue is filled up faster than the server can process requests.

Storage engine

ArangoDB’s “traditional” storage engine is called MMFiles, which also was the default storage engine up to including ArangoDB 3.3.

Since ArangoDB 3.2, an alternative engine based on RocksDB is also provided and could be turned on manually. Since ArangoDB 3.4, the RocksDB storage engine is the default storage engine for new installations.

One storage engine type is supported per server per installation. Live switching of storage engines on already installed systems isn’t supported. Configuring the wrong engine (not matching the previously used one) will result in the server refusing to start. You may however use auto to let ArangoDB choose the previously used one. [auto|mmfiles|rocksdb]

Note that auto will default to rocksdb starting with ArangoDB 3.4, but in previous versions it defaulted to mmfiles.

Check max memory mappings

--server.check-max-memory-mappings can be used on Linux to make arangod check the number of memory mappings currently used by the process (as reported in /proc/<pid>/maps) and compare it with the maximum number of allowed mappings as determined by /proc/sys/vm/max_map_count. If the current number of memory mappings gets near the maximum allowed value, arangod will log a warning and disallow the creation of further V8 contexts temporarily until the current number of mappings goes down again.

If the option is set to false, no such checks will be performed. All non-Linux operating systems do not provide this option and will ignore it.

Enable/disable authentication


Setting this option to false will turn off authentication on the server side so all clients can execute any action without authorization and privilege checks.

The default value is true.

JWT Secret

--server.jwt-secret secret

ArangoDB will use JWTs to authenticate requests. Using this option let’s you specify a JWT. When specified, the JWT secret must be at most 64 bytes long.

In single server setups and when not specifying this secret ArangoDB will generate a secret.

In cluster deployments which have authentication enabled a secret must be set consistently across all cluster nodes so they can talk to each other.

Enable/disable authentication for UNIX domain sockets

--server.authentication-unix-sockets value

Setting value to true will turn off authentication on the server side for requests coming in via UNIX domain sockets. With this flag enabled, clients located on the same host as the ArangoDB server can use UNIX domain sockets to connect to the server without authentication. Requests coming in by other means (e.g. TCP/IP) are not affected by this option.

The default value is false.

Note: this option is only available on platforms that support UNIX domain sockets.

Enable/disable authentication for system API requests only

--server.authentication-system-only boolean

Controls whether incoming requests need authentication only if they are directed to the ArangoDB’s internal APIs and features, located at /_api/, /_admin/ etc.

If the flag is set to true, then HTTP authentication is only required for requests going to URLs starting with /_, but not for other URLs. The flag can thus be used to expose a user-made API without HTTP authentication to the outside world, but to prevent the outside world from using the ArangoDB API and the admin interface without authentication. Note that checking the URL is performed after any database name prefix has been removed. That means when the actual URL called is /_db/_system/myapp/myaction, the URL /myapp/myaction will be used for authentication-system-only check.

The default is true.

Note that authentication still needs to be enabled for the server regularly in order for HTTP authentication to be forced for the ArangoDB API and the web interface. Setting only this flag is not enough.

You can control ArangoDB’s general authentication feature with the --server.authentication flag.

Enable authentication cache timeout

--server.authentication-timeout value

Sets the cache timeout to value (in seconds). This is only necessary if you use an external authentication system like LDAP.

Enable local authentication

--server.local-authentication value

If set to false only use the external authentication system. If true also use the local _users collections.

The default value is true.

Server threads

--server.minimal-threads number

--server.maximal-threads number

Specifies the number of threads that are spawned to handle requests.

The actual number of request processing threads is adjusted dynamically at runtime and will float between --server.minimal-threads and --server.maximal-threads.

--server.minimal-threads determines the minimum number of request processing threads the server will start and that will always be kept around. The default value is 2.

--server.maximal-threads determines the maximum number of request processing threads the server is allowed to start for request handling. If that number of threads is already running, arangod will not start further threads for request handling. The default value is

Toggling server statistics

--server.statistics value

If this option is value is false, then ArangoDB’s statistics gathering is turned off. Statistics gathering causes regular background CPU activity and memory usage, so using this option to turn statistics off might relieve heavily-loaded instances a bit.

Data source flush synchronization


ArangoDB will periodically ensure that all data sources (databases, views, etc.) have flushed all committed data to disk and write some checkpoint data to aid in future recovery. Increasing this value will result in fewer, larger write batches, while decreasing it will result in more, smaller writes. Setting the value too low can easily overwhelm the server, while setting the value too high may result in high memory usage and periodic slowdowns. Value is given in microseconds, with a typical range of 100000 (100ms) to 10000000 (10s) and a default of 1000000 (1s). Use caution when changing from the default.