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Features and Capabilities

ArangoDB is a graph database with a powerful set of features for data management and analytics, supported by a rich ecosystem of integrations and drivers


Community Edition

ArangoDB is freely available in a Community Edition under the Apache 2.0 open-source license. It is a fully-featured version without time or size restrictions and includes cluster support.

  • Open source under a permissive license
  • One database core for all graph, document, key-value, and search needs
  • A single composable query language for all data models
  • Extensible through microservices with custom REST APIs and user-definable query functions
  • Cluster deployments for high availability and resilience

See all Community Edition Features.

Enterprise Edition

ArangoDB is also available in a commercial version, called the Enterprise Edition. It includes additional features for performance and security, such as for scaling graphs and managing your data safely.

  • Includes all Community Edition features
  • Performance options to smartly shard and replicate graphs and datasets for optimal data locality
  • Multi-tenant deployment option for the transactional guarantees and performance of a single server
  • Enhanced data security with on-disk and backup encryption, key rotation, audit logging, and LDAP authentication
  • Incremental backups without downtime and off-site replication

See all Enterprise Edition Features.

Differences between the Editions

Community Edition Enterprise Edition
Apache 2.0 License Commercial License
Sharding using consistent hashing on the default or custom shard keys In addition, smart sharding for improved data locality
Only hash-based graph sharding SmartGraphs to intelligently shard large graph datasets and EnterpriseGraphs with an automatic sharding key selection
Only regular collection replication without data locality optimizations SatelliteCollections to replicate collections on all cluster nodes and data locality optimizations for queries
No optimizations when querying sharded graphs and replicated collections together SmartGraphs using SatelliteCollections to enable more local execution of graph queries
Only regular graph replication without local execution optimizations SatelliteGraphs to execute graph traversals locally on a cluster node
Collections can be sharded alike but joins do not utilize co-location SmartJoins for co-located joins in a cluster using identically sharded collections
Graph traversals without parallel execution Parallel execution of traversal queries with many start vertices
Graph traversals always load full documents Traversal projections optimize the data loading of AQL traversal queries if only a few document attributes are accessed
Iterative graph processing (Pregel) for single servers Pregel graph processing for clusters and single servers
Inverted indexes and Views without support for search highlighting and nested search Search highlighting for getting the substring positions of matches and nested search for matching arrays with all the conditions met by a single object
Only standard Jaccard index calculation Jaccard similarity approximation with MinHash for entity resolution, such as for finding duplicate records, based on how many common elements they have
Only regular cluster deployments OneShard deployment option to store all collections of a database on a single cluster node, to combine the performance of a single server and ACID semantics with a fault-tolerant cluster setup
ACID transactions for multi-document / multi-collection queries on single servers, for single document operations in clusters, and for multi-document queries in clusters for collections with a single shard In addition, ACID transactions for multi-collection queries using the OneShard feature
TLS key and certificate rotation In addition, key rotation for JWT secrets and server name indication (SNI)
Built-in user management and authentication Additional LDAP authentication option
Only server logs Audit log of server interactions
No on-disk encryption Encryption at Rest with hardware-accelerated on-disk encryption and key rotation
Only regular backups Datacenter-to-Datacenter Replication for disaster recovery
Only unencrypted backups and basic data masking for backups Hot Backups, encrypted backups, and enhanced data masking for backups

On-premises versus Cloud

You can install ArangoDB on your local machine or run it in a Docker container for development purposes. You can deploy it on-premises as a single server, optionally as a resilient pair with asynchronous replication and automatic failover (Active Failover), or as a cluster comprised of multiple nodes with synchronous replication and automatic failover for high availability and resilience. For the highest level of data safety, you can additionally set up off-site replication for your entire cluster (Datacenter-to-Datacenter Replication).

If you do not want to operate your own ArangoDB instances on-premises, then you may use our fully managed multi-cloud ArangoGraph Insights Platform. It runs the Enterprise Edition of ArangoDB, lets you deploy clusters with a few clicks, and is operated by a dedicated team of ArangoDB engineers day and night. To learn more, go to