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Aerospike Database Server

Welcome to the Aerospike Database Server source code tree!

Aerospike is a distributed, scalable NoSQL database. It is architected with three key objectives:

  • To create a high-performance, scalable platform that would meet the needs of today's web-scale applications
  • To provide the robustness and reliability (i.e., ACID) expected from traditional databases.
  • To provide operational efficiency (minimal manual involvement)

For more information on Aerospike, please visit:

Telemetry Anonymized Data Collection

The Aerospike Community Edition collects anonymized server performance statistics. Please see the Aerospike Telemetery web page for more information. The full Telemetry data collection agent source code may be found in the "telemetry" submodule.

Build Prerequisites

The Aerospike Database Server can be built and deployed on various current 64-bit GNU/Linux platform versions, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8/9, Amazon Linux 2023, Debian 11 or later, and Ubuntu 20.04 or later.


The majority of the Aerospike source code is written in the C programming language, conforming to the ANSI C99 standard.

To install dependencies for a development environment run ./bin/ in the aerospike-server repo.

In particular, the following tools and libraries are needed:

C Compiler Toolchain

Building Aerospike requires the GCC 4.1 or later C compiler toolchain, with the standard GNU/Linux development tools and libraries installed in the build environment, including:

  • autoconf

  • automake

  • cmake

  • libtool

  • make


The C++ compiler is required for the Aerospike geospatial indexing feature and its dependency, Google's S2 Geometry Library (both written in C++.)

  • The required Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8/9 package to install is: gcc-c++.

  • The required Debian 11/12 and Ubuntu 20/22 package to install is: g++.


OpenSSL 0.9.8b or later is required for cryptographic hash functions (RIPEMD-160 & SHA-1) and pseudo-random number generation.

  • The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8/9 OpenSSL package to install: openssl-devel

  • The Debian 11/12 and Ubuntu 20/22 OpenSSL packages to install: libssl-dev.


  • The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8/9 requires zlib-devel

  • The Debian 11/12 and Ubuntu 20/22 requiresi zlib1g-dev.

Python 3 or 2

Running the Telemetry Agent requires either Python 3+ or Python 2.6+, at least one of which is generally available by default on most platforms. On some distros, such as Ubuntu 20+, it may be necessary to install the package python, while on other distros, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8+, the package name includes the major (and/or minor) version number, e.g., python3 or python2.


The Aerospike Database Server build depends upon the following submodules:

Submodule Description
abseil-cpp Support for the S2 Spherical Geometry Library
common The Aerospike Common Library
jansson C library for encoding, decoding and manipulating JSON data
jemalloc The JEMalloc Memory Allocator
libbacktrace A C library that may be linked into a C/C++ program to produce symbolic backtraces
lua The Lua runtime
mod-lua The Aerospike Lua Interface
s2geometry The S2 Spherical Geometry Library
telemetry The Aerospike Telemetry Agent (Community Edition only)

After the initial cloning of the aerospike-server repo., the submodules must be fetched for the first time using the following command:

$ git submodule update --init

Note: As this project uses submodules, the source archive downloadable via GitHub's Download ZIP button will not build unless the correct revision of each submodule is first manually installed in the appropriate modules subdirectory.

Building Aerospike

Default Build

$ make          -- Perform the default build (no packaging.)

Note: You can use the -j option with make to speed up the build on multiple CPU cores. For example, to run four parallel jobs:

$ make -j4

Build Options

$ make deb      -- Build the Debian (Ubuntu) package.

$ make rpm      -- Build the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) package.

$ make source   -- Package the source code as a compressed "tar" archive.

$ make clean    -- Delete any existing build products, excluding built packages.

$ make cleanpkg -- Delete built packages.

$ make cleanall -- Delete all existing build products, including built packages.

$ make cleangit -- Delete all files untracked by Git.  (Use with caution!)

$ make strip    -- Build a "strip(1)"ed version of the server executable.

Overriding Default Build Options

$ make {<Target>}* {<VARIABLE>=<VALUE>}*  -- Build <Target>(s) with optional variable overrides.


$ make  -- Default build.

Configuring Aerospike

Sample Aerospike configuration files are provided in as/etc. The developer configuration file, aerospike_dev.conf, contains basic settings that should work out-of-the-box on most systems. The package example configuration files, aerospike.conf, and the Solid State Drive (SSD) version, aerospike_ssd.conf, are suitable for running Aerospike as a system daemon.

These sample files may be modified for specific use cases (e.g., setting network addresses, defining namespaces, and setting storage engine properties) and tuned for for maximum performance on a particular system. Also, system resource limits may need to be increased to allow, e.g., a greater number of concurrent connections to the database. See "man limits.conf" for how to change the system's limit on a process' number of open file descriptors ("nofile".)

Running Aerospike

There are several options for running the Aerospike database. Which option to use depends upon whether the primary purpose is production deployment or software development.

The preferred method for running Aerospike in a production environment is to build and install the Aerospike package appropriate for the target Linux distribution (i.e., an ".rpm", ".deb", or ".tgz" file), and then to control the state of the Aerospike daemon via systemctl on e.g., systemctl start aerospike.

Please refer to the full documentation on the Aerospike web site,, for more detailed information about configuring and running the Aerospike Database Server, as well as about the Aerospike client API packages for popular programming languages.