Using the ArangoDB Starter

This section describes how to start an ArangoDB stand-alone instance using the tool Starter (the arangodb binary program).

Local Start

If you want to start a stand-alone instance of ArangoDB, use the --starter.mode=single option of the Starter:

arangodb --starter.mode=single

Using the ArangoDB Starter in Docker

The Starter can also be used to launch a stand-alone instance based on Docker containers:

export IP=<IP of docker host>
docker volume create arangodb
docker run -it --name=adb --rm -p 8528:8528 \
    -v arangodb:/data \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
    arangodb/arangodb-starter \
    --starter.address=$IP \
    --starter.mode=single 

If you use an ArangoDB version of 3.4 or above and use the Enterprise Edition Docker image, you have to set the license key in an environment variable by adding this option to the above docker command:

    -e ARANGO_LICENSE_KEY=<thekey>

You can get a free evaluation license key by visiting

 https://www.arangodb.com/download-arangodb-enterprise/

Then replace <thekey> above with the actual license key. The start will then hand on the license key to the Docker container it launches for ArangoDB.

TLS verified Docker services

Oftentimes, one needs to harden Docker services using client certificate and TLS verification. The Docker API allows subsequently only certified access. As the ArangoDB starter starts the ArangoDB cluster instances using this Docker API, it is mandatory that the ArangoDB starter is deployed with the proper certificates handed to it, so that the above command is modified as follows:

export IP=<IP of docker host>
export DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY=1
export DOCKER_CERT_PATH=/path/to/certificate
docker volume create arangodb
docker run -it --name=adb --rm -p 8528:8528 \
    -v arangodb:/data \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
    -v /path/to/certificate:/path/to/certificate
    arangodb/arangodb-starter \
    --starter.address=$IP \
    --starter.mode=single

Note that the enviroment variables DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY and DOCKER_CERT_PATH as well as the additional mountpoint containing the certificate have been added above. directory. The assignment of DOCKER_CERT_PATH is optional, in which case it is mandatory that the certificates are stored in $HOME/.docker. So the command would then be as follows

export IP=<IP of docker host>
docker volume create arangodb
docker run -it --name=adb --rm -p 8528:8528 \
    -v arangodb:/data \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
    -v /path/to/cert:/root/.docker \
    -e DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY=1 \
    arangodb/arangodb-starter \
    --starter.address=$IP \
    --starter.mode=single