Blog di Bernardino (Dino) Ciuffetti

18 Mag 11 orientdb svn build

OrientDB is a fast, scalable, open source object / graph database server written in Java.
After more than 20 years of RDBMS predominance it’s now time to switch to non relational database systems, specially where scalability and query response time are two fundamental things to achieve a better user (web or not) experience.

So, how to get up and running quickly with orientdb?
Here we will build on a linux system the latest development version from source in no time: the simple way.

First thing to do is to download JDK Java Standard Edition 6 from
Please note that you will need the JDK and not JRE.
After that you will need Apache Ant. Download it from here:
# cd /opt
# tar jxf apache-ant-1.8.2-bin.tar.bz2
Installed? Good. Now install subversion (svn). You can install it for example using your favorite distribution specific package manager, for example if you are using debian or ubuntu you could use apt-get utility, like that:
# apt-get update; apt-get install subversion
You have now to create a directory where you like on the system and begin to download the OrientDB development snapshot:
# mkdir /home/dino/orientdb-source
# cd /home/dino/orientdb-source
# svn checkout orient-read-only
When finished cd to orient-read-only.
You have now to set your JDK and ANT bin directories into your PATH system variable. You can do it by this way:
# export PATH=/opt/apache-ant-1.8.2/bin:/opt/jdk1.6.0_25/bin:$PATH
You can now begin to compile orient source code.
# ant clean
# ant
# ant test
# ant install
Ok. If compiled successfully, you now have to startup orient for the first time.
# cd /home/dino/releases/1.*-SNAPSHOT/bin
# chmod 754 *.sh
# ./
Ok. Now stop it with CTRL+C and modify the configuration file as you like:
# cd ../config
# vi orientdb-server-config.xml
The first thing to configure, if you need to publish the service on your network/internet, is the bind address. For example, to bind on any ip on the system: <listener ip-address=”″ port-range=”2424-2430″ protocol=”distributed”/>
The second parameter to change is the root password: <user name=”root” password=”pippo” resources=”*”/>
Now start orientdb again:
# cd /home/dino/releases/1.*-SNAPSHOT/bin
# nohup ./ 1>/dev/null 2>/dev/null &
You should now have done.

Connect your browser to and begin to play with your brand new orientdb studio web console:
host: localhost
user: writer
password: writer
database: demo

You can find open and solved issues here:
Subscribe yourself to the orientdb users mailing list service:, and enjoy!!

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