This short guide will walk you through the basic process of using IoTDB. For a more-complete guide, please visit our website's User Guide.


To use IoTDB, you need to have:

  1. Java >= 1.8 (Please make sure the environment path has been set)
  2. Set the max open files num as 65535 to avoid "too many open files" problem.


IoTDB provides you three installation methods, you can refer to the following suggestions, choose one of them:

  • Installation from source code. If you need to modify the code yourself, you can use this method.
  • Installation from binary files. Download the binary files from the official website. This is the recommended method, in which you will get a binary released package which is out-of-the-box.(Coming Soon...)
  • Using Docker:The path to the dockerfile is


You can download the binary file from: Download Page(opens new window)


Configuration files are under "conf" folder

  • environment config module (,
  • system config module (
  • log config module (logback.xml).

For more, see Config in detail.


You can go through the following step to test the installation, if there is no error after execution, the installation is completed.

Start IoTDB

Users can start IoTDB by the start-server script under the sbin folder.

  • "-c" and "-rpc_port" are optional.
  • option "-c" specifies the system configuration file directory.
  • option "-rpc_port" specifies the rpc port.
  • if both option specified, the rpc_port will overrides the rpc_port in conf_path.

If you want to use JMX to connect IOTDB, you may need to add to $IOTDB_JMX_OPTS in or iotdb-env.bat.

Use Cli

IoTDB offers different ways to interact with server, here we introduce basic steps of using Cli tool to insert and query data.

After installing IoTDB, there is a default user 'root', its default password is also 'root'. Users can use this default user to login Cli to use IoTDB. The startup script of Cli is the start-cli script in the folder sbin. When executing the script, user should assign IP, PORT, USER_NAME and PASSWORD. The default parameters are "-h -p 6667 -u root -pw -root".

Here is the command for starting the Cli:

The command line client is interactive so if everything is ready you should see the welcome logo and statements:

Basic commands for IoTDB

Now, let us introduce the way of creating timeseries, inserting data and querying data.

The data in IoTDB is organized as timeseries, in each timeseries there are some data-time pairs, and every timeseries is owned by a storage group. Before defining a timeseries, we should define a storage group using SET STORAGE GROUP, and here is an example:

We can also use SHOW STORAGE GROUP to check created storage group:

After the storage group is set, we can use CREATE TIMESERIES to create new timeseries. When we create a timeseries, we should define its data type and the encoding scheme. We create two timeseries as follow:

To query the specific timeseries, use SHOW TIMESERIES <Path>. <Path> represents the path of the timeseries. Its default value is null, which means querying all the timeseries in the system(the same as using "SHOW TIMESERIES root"). Here are the examples:

  1. Query all timeseries in the system:

       2.Query a specific timeseries(root.ln.wf01.wt01.status):

Insert timeseries data is the basic operation of IoTDB, you can use ‘INSERT’ command to finish this. Before insert you should assign the timestamp and the suffix path name:

The data we’ve just inserted displays like this:

We can also query several timeseries data at once like this:

The commands to exit the Cli are:

For more on what commands are supported by IoTDB SQL, see SQL Reference.

Stop IoTDB

The server can be stopped with ctrl-C or the following script:

Basic configuration

The configuration files is in the conf folder, includes:

  • environment configuration (,
  • system configuration (
  • log configuration (logback.xml).