Quick Start

Quick Install

TDengine software consists of 3 parts: server, client, and alarm module. At the moment, TDengine server only runs on Linux (Windows, mac OS and more OS supports will come soon), but client can run on either Windows or Linux. TDengine client can be installed and run on Windows or Linux. Applications based-on any OSes can all connect to server taosd via a RESTful interface. About CPU, TDengine supports X64/ARM64/MIPS64/Alpha64, and ARM32、RISC-V, other more CPU architectures will be supported soon. You can set up and install TDengine server either from the source code or the packages.

Install from Source

Please visit our TDengine github page for instructions on installation from the source code.

Install from Docker Container

For the time being, it is not recommended to use Docker to deploy the client or server side of TDengine in production environments, but it is convenient to use Docker to deploy in development environments or when trying it for the first time. In particular, with Docker, it is easy to try TDengine in Mac OS X and Windows environments.

Please refer to the detailed operation in Quickly experience TDengine through Docker.

Install from Package

Three different packages for TDengine server are provided, please pick up the one you like. (Lite packages only have execution files and connector of C/C++, but standard packages support connectors of nearly all programming languages.) Beta version has more features, but we suggest you to install stable version for production or testing.

Click here to download the install package.

Install TDengine by apt-get

If you use Debian or Ubuntu system you can use 'apt-get' command to install TDengine from official repository. Please use following commands to setup:

wget -qO - http://repos.taosdata.com/tdengine.key | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://repos.taosdata.com/tdengine-stable stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tdengine-stable.list
[Optional] echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://repos.taosdata.com/tdengine-beta beta main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tdengine-beta.list
sudo apt-get update
apt-get policy tdengine
sudo apt-get install tdengine

Quick Launch

After installation, you can start the TDengine service by the systemctl command.

$ systemctl start taosd

Then check if the service is working now.

$ systemctl status taosd

If the service is running successfully, you can play around through TDengine shell taos.


  • The systemctl command needs the root privilege. Use sudo if you are not the root user.
  • To get better product feedback and improve our solution, TDengine will collect basic usage information, but you can modify the configuration parameter telemetryReporting in the system configuration file taos.cfg, and set it to 0 to turn it off.
  • TDengine uses FQDN (usually hostname) as the node ID. In order to ensure normal operation, you need to set hostname for the server running taosd, and configure DNS service or hosts file for the machine running client application, to ensure the FQDN can be resolved.
  • TDengine supports installation on Linux systems with systemd as the process service management, and uses which systemctl command to detect whether systemd packages exist in the system:

    $ which systemctl

If systemd is not supported in the system, TDengine service can also be launched via /usr/local/taos/bin/taosd manually.

TDengine Shell Command Line

To launch TDengine shell, the command line interface, in a Linux terminal, type:

$ taos

The welcome message is printed if the shell connects to TDengine server successfully, otherwise, an error message will be printed (refer to our FAQ page for troubleshooting the connection error). The TDengine shell prompt is:


In the TDengine shell, you can create databases, create tables and insert/query data with SQL. Each query command ends with a semicolon. It works like MySQL, for example:

create database demo;

use demo;

create table t (ts timestamp, speed int);

insert into t values ('2019-07-15 00:00:00', 10);

insert into t values ('2019-07-15 01:00:00', 20);

select * from t;

ts     |  speed  |


19-07-15 00:00:00.000|     10|

19-07-15 01:00:00.000|     20|

Query OK, 2 row(s) in set (0.001700s)

Besides the SQL commands, the system administrator can check system status, add or delete accounts, and manage the servers.

Shell Command Line Parameters

You can configure command parameters to change how TDengine shell executes. Some frequently used options are listed below:

  • -c, --config-dir: set the configuration directory. It is /etc/taos by default.
  • -h, --host: set the IP address of the server it will connect to. Default is localhost.
  • -s, --commands: set the command to run without entering the shell.
  • -u, -- user: user name to connect to server. Default is root.
  • -p, --password: password. Default is 'taosdata'.
  • -?, --help: get a full list of supported options.


$ taos -h -s "use db; show tables;"

Run SQL Command Scripts

Inside TDengine shell, you can run SQL scripts in a file with source command.

taos> source <filename>;

Shell Tips

  • Use up/down arrow key to check the command history
  • To change the default password, use "alter user" command
  • Use ctrl+c to interrupt any queries
  • To clean the schema of local cached tables, execute command RESET QUERY CACHE

Experience TDengine’s Lightning Speed

After starting the TDengine server, you can execute the command taosdemo in the Linux terminal.

$ taosdemo

Using this command, a STable named meters will be created in the database test. There are 10k tables under this STable, named from t0 to t9999. In each table there are 100k rows of records, each row with columns (f1, f2 and f3. The timestamp is from "2017-07-14 10:40:00 000" to "2017-07-14 10:41:39 999". Each table also has tags areaid and loc: areaid is set from 1 to 10, loc is set to "beijing" or "shanghai".

It takes about 10 minutes to execute this command. Once finished, 1 billion rows of records will be inserted.

In the TDengine client, enter sql query commands and then experience our lightning query speed.

  • query total rows of records:
taos> select count(*) from test.meters;
  • query average, max and min of the total 1 billion records:
taos> select avg(f1), max(f2), min(f3) from test.meters;
  • query the number of records where loc="beijing":
taos> select count(*) from test.meters where loc="beijing";
  • query the average, max and min of total records where areaid=10:
taos> select avg(f1), max(f2), min(f3) from test.meters where areaid=10;
  • query the average, max, min from table t10 when aggregating over every 10s:
taos> select avg(f1), max(f2), min(f3) from test.t10 interval(10s);

Using taosdemo in detail

you can run command taosdemo with many options, like number of tables, rows of records and so on. To know more about these options, you can execute taosdemo --help and then take a try using different options. Please refer to How to use taosdemo to test the performance of TDengine for detail.

Client and Alarm Module

If your client and server running on different machines, please install the client separately. Linux and Windows packages are provided:

  • TDengine-client-
  • TDengine-client-
  • TDengine-client-

Linux package of Alarm Module is as following (please refer How to Use Alarm Module):

  • TDengine-alert- (8.1M)

List of Supported Platforms

List of platforms supported by TDengine server

CentOS 6/7/8 Ubuntu 16/18/20 Other Linux UnionTech UOS NeoKylin LINX V60/V80
Loongson MIPS64
Kunpeng ARM64
SWCPU Alpha64
FT ARM64 ○Ubuntu Kylin
Hygon X64
Rockchip ARM64
Allwinner ARM64
Actions ARM64

Note: ● has been verified by official tests; ○ has been verified by unofficial tests.

List of platforms supported by TDengine client and connectors

At the moment, TDengine connectors can support a wide range of platforms, including hardware platforms such as X64/X86/ARM64/ARM32/MIPS/Alpha, and operating system such as Linux/Win64/Win32.

Comparison matrix as following:

CPU X64 64bit X86 32bit ARM64 ARM32 MIPS Godson Alpha Shenwei X64 TimecomTech
OS Linux Win64 Win32 Win32 Linux Linux Linux Linux Linux
Python --
Go -- --
NodeJs -- --
C# -- --

Note: ● has been verified by official tests; ○ has been verified by unofficial tests.

Please visit Connectors section for more detailed information.