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Getting Started

Welcome to RavenDB! This introduction will guide you through your first steps.

Downloading the Server

RavenDB is cross-platform. You can use it on the following:

  • Windows x64 / x86
  • Linux x64
  • Docker
  • MacOS
  • Raspberry Pi

Go to Select the appropriate version and platform, and download the zip package.



Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Package should be installed prior to RavenDB launch.
See: Visual C++ Downloads and Windows Prerequisites


It is recommended that you update your OS before launching an instance of RavenDB. For example, Ubuntu-16.x as an updated OS doesn't require any additional packages. Libsodium (1.0.13 or up) must be installed prior to RavenDB launch.

In Ubuntu 16.x:

apt-get install libsodium-18

In MacOS 10.12:

brew install libsodium

You might need to also install additional packages, for example:

apt-get install libunwind8 liblttng-ust0 libcurl3 libssl1.0.0 libuuid1 libkrb5 zlib1g libicu55

See also: Linux Prerequisites or MacOS Prerequisites

Installing RavenDB Using the Setup Wizard

  1. Extract the zip/tar file to a directory of your choice.

  2. In Windows, use the Start.cmd script. In Linux, use the script. This will run RavenDB in an initial setup mode and redirect you to the Setup Wizard in your browser.

  3. Follow this detailed walk through to complete the wizard successfully.

Installing RavenDB Manually on Windows/Linux/Mac

  1. Extract the zip/tar file to a directory of your choice.

  2. Find the 'settings.json' file which is located in the server folder. To disable the setup wizard, change the 'Setup.Mode' value to 'None'.

  3. In Windows, use the Start.cmd script or run Server\Raven.Server.exe directly. In Linux, use the script or run Server\Raven.Server directly.

This will run RavenDB in interactive mode inside a console application:

Figure 1: RavenDB console.

You can read all about 'settings.json' in the Configuration Section. These are the default initial settings:

    "ServerUrl": "",
    "Setup.Mode": "Initial",
    "DataDir": "RavenData"

This is likely what you will change it to if you decide to setup manually:

    "ServerUrl": "",
    "Setup.Mode": "None",
    "DataDir": "RavenData"

If port 8080 is already being used, RavenDB will fail to start and give you an "address in use" error (EADDRINUSE). Change the default port by editing the 'ServerUrl' value in settings.json.

Registering as a service in Windows:

.\rvn.exe windows-service register --service-name RavenDB4

Running as a service in Linux, add the following to your daemon script:

<path/to/ravendb>/Server/Raven.Server --daemon

Once things are set up and the server is running, you can access our GUI, the RavenDB Management Studio, by going to http://localhost:8080 in your browser.

RavenDB Management Studio comes free with all licenses: Community, Professional, and Enterprise.

Figure 2: Accessing the Studio for the first time.

You are ready to continue to the next section, Getting to Know RavenDB.

Installing RavenDB with Docker

If you already have Docker installed, just run the following command:

docker run -d -e PUBLIC_SERVER_URL= 
    -p 8080:8080 
    -p 38888:38888 

Docker will pull the latest stable RavenDB version and spin up a new container to host it. It is also possible to get the latest nightly build by using the ravendb/ravendb-nightly repository.

If port 8080 is already being used, RavenDB will fail to start and give you an "address in use" error (EADDRINUSE). In that case, simply change the port in the docker run command.

Our GUI, the RavenDB Management Studio, comes free with all licenses: Community, Professional, and Enterprise.

You can access the RavenDB Management Studio by going to in your browser. This is assuming that you are using the default networking configuration with Dokcer, and that the Dokcer instance is not exposed beyond the host machine. If you intend to host RavenDB on Docker and expose it externally, make sure to go through the security configuration first.

For more options and information on running RavenDB under Docker, please visit the Docker Section.

Security Concerns

To let a developer start coding an application quickly, RavenDB will run with the following default security mode:

As long as the database is used inside the local machine and no outside connections are allowed, you can ignore security concerns and you require no authentication. Once you set RavenDB to listen to connections outside your local machine, your database will immediately block this now vulnerable configuration, and require the administrator to properly setup the security and access control to prevent unauthorized access to your data.

RavenDB will not let you listen to requests outside your local machine until you have adequately provided security for it.

We recommend using the Setup Wizard to easily install RavenDB securely from the very start.

Read more about security and how to enable authentication here

Installing RavenDB on a Raspberry Pi

Running RavenDB on 32-bit machines