Run GraphDB as a Desktop Installation

The easiest way to set up and run GraphDB is to use the native installations provided for the GraphDB Free edition. This kind of installation is the best option for your laptop/desktop computer, and does not require the use of a console, as it works in a graphic user interface (GUI). For this distribution, you do not need to download Java, as it comes preconfigured.

Go to GraphDB Free and request your GraphDB copy. You will receive an email with the download link. According to your OS, proceed as follows:

On Windows

  1. Download your GraphDB .exe file.

  2. Double-click the application file and follow the on-screen installer prompts.

  3. Locate the GraphDB application in the Windows Start menu and start the database. The GraphDB Server and Workbench open at http://localhost:7200/.

On MacOS

  1. Download the GraphDB .dmg file.

  2. Double-click it and get a virtual disk on your desktop. Copy the program from the virtual disk to your hard disk Applications folder, and you’re set.

  3. Start the database by clicking the application icon. The GraphDB Server and Workbench open at http://localhost:7200/.

On Linux

  1. Download the GraphDB .rpm or .deb file.

  2. Install the package with sudo rpm -i or sudo dpkg -i and the name of the downloaded package. Alternatively, you can double-click the package name.

  3. Start the database by clicking the application icon. The GraphDB Server and Workbench open at http://localhost:7200/.

Configuring GraphDB

Once the GraphDB database is running, a small icon appears in the Status/Menu bar (varying depending on OS). It allows you to check whether the database is running, as well as to stop it or change the configuration settings. Additionally, an application window is also opened, where you can go to the GraphDB Free documentation, configure settings such as change the port on which the instance runs, and see all log files.

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Configuring JVM properties

You can add and edit the Java Virtual Machine settings of the GraphDB native app from the GraphDB Free config file containing some basic configuration properties. It is located at:

  • On Mac: /Applications/GraphDB Free.app/Contents/Java/GraphDB Free.cfg

  • On Windows: \Users\<username>\AppData\Local\GraphDB Free\app\GraphDB Free.cfg

  • On Linux and other Unixes: /opt/graphdb-free/app/graphdb-free.cfg

Stopping GraphDB

To stop the database, simply quit it from the status/menu icon, or close the GraphDB Free application window.