How to Install and Run OrientDB on Linux Mint and Ubuntu 15.04

OrientDB is a distributed graph database. It is incredibly fast, and can process/store records up to 220,000 per seconds. It has ability to store data in the Documents format as well. It is second generation database system and comes with lot of features and meets the current computing needs. You don’t need any special hardware to run OrientDB, it runs flawlessly on normal hardware. It gives  you complete control over your databases, you can traverse, update, delete or perform any common database operations easily. Let’s see how we can install this database system on Ubuntu 15.04 and its derivate Linux Mint.

Install OrientDB on Ubuntu 15.04 and Linux Mint

The following installation process has been tested on Linux Mint and Ubuntu 15.04. It should work fine for all other Ubuntu derivatives too.

Installing Dependencies

First of all, let’s install dependencies for OrientDB. We have listed them below, following mentioned packages should already be installed on your system before you go ahead with OrientDB installation.

  • Java
  • Git
  • Ant

Launch your system terminal and run following command to install them.

 sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk git ant 

Installing OrientDB

Our Linux system is all set to install OrinetDB, launch your system terminal and run following command to clone the online OrientDB repository to your local system.

 git clone https://github.com/orientechnologies/orientdb.git 

Here is how the successful clone process should look like.


As soon as the clone process is complete, go into the cloned directory by running the following command:

 cd orientdb 

Here run following command to install OrientDB.

  ant clean install 

It will hardly take few seconds to complete the installation process. Here is how the successful installation process should look alike.


Starting OrientDB service

Once OrientDB has been installed, you can start its service by using the following method. Please note that it will create a “release” folder during the installation process inside your home directory. Go to the release folder and browse to the “bin” directory inside it. [Make sure to replace your username in the following command]

 cd /home/USERNAME/releases/orientdb-community-2.1.1/bin 

Start the OrientDB server by running the following command. Please note that “&” sign at the end of command, it will keep the server running in the background even if you close your terminal window.

 ./server.sh & 

During the very first time launch, it will let you set root password for your OrientDB installation.

OrientDB password

Logging in OrientDB Console

Just like MySQL, OrientDB is completely manageable via console interface too. You can create databases, list them, perform common database operations via command line.  Run following command to access OrientDB console.


Make sure you are in the correct directory when you run this above mentioned command i.e. “/home/USERNAME/releases/orientdb-community-2.1.1/bin”. This is how its console looks like.

OrientDB Console


It is a NO-SQL, multi model database management system. Being an open source project, it provides lot of room for improvements and customization. It has capability to handle complex database transactions and is usually considered a secure DBMS. It  supports ACID transactions model and is considered a suitable choice for distributed databases.

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