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RavenDB - An ACID NoSQL Document Database

This repository contains source code for the RavenDB document database. With a RavenDB database you can set up a NoSQL data architecture or add a NoSQL layer to your current relational database.

RavenDb Studio

Supported Platforms

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Docker
  • MacOS
  • Raspberry Pi

Grab Your License and Latest Version

Download the latest version of RavenDB

Getting Started

Install and set up your database.

Learn RavenDB Quickly

RavenDB Bootcamp is a free, self-directed learning course. In just three units you will learn how to use RavenDB to create fully-functional, real-world programs with NoSQL Databases. If you are unfamiliar with NoSQL, it’s okay. We will provide you with all the information you need.

Stay Updated on New Developments

We are always adding new features to improve your RavenDB experience. Check out our latest improvements, updated weekly.


Access full documentation for RavenDB. Like our database, it is easy to use.

Where to Ask for Help

If you have any questions, or need further assistance, you can contact us directly.

Report an Issue

You can create issues and track them at our YouTrack page.

RavenDB Developer Community Group

If you have any questions please visit our community group. The solutions for the most common challenges are available. You are welcome to join!

Submit a Pull Request

Each Pull Request will be checked against the following rules:

  • cla/signed - all commit authors need to sign a CLA. This can be done using our CLA sign form.
  • commit/whitespace - all changed files cannot contain TABs inside them. Before doing any work we suggest executing our git_setup.cmd. This will install a git pre-commit hook that will normalize all whitespaces during commits.
  • commit/message/conventions - all commit messages (except in merge commits) must contain an issue number from our YouTrack e.g. 'RavenDB-1234 Fixed issue with something'
  • tests - this executes build.cmd Test on our CI to check if no constraints were violated

Setup & Run



Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Package should be installed prior to RavenDB launch. Visual C++ Downloads See also: Windows Prerequisites


It is recommended that you update your OS before launching an instance of RavenDB. For example, Ubuntu-16.x as an updated OS doesn't require any additional packages. libsodium (1.0.13 or up) must be installed prior to RavenDB launch.

In Ubuntu 16.x: apt-get install libsodium18
In MacOS 10.12: brew install libsodium

You might need to also install additional packages, for example:

apt-get install libunwind8 liblttng-ust0 libcurl3 libssl1.0.0 libuuid1 libkrb5-3 zlib1g libicu55

See also: Linux Prerequisites or MacOS Prerequisites

Lauch RavenDB:

Running locally:


Registering as service in Windows:

.\rvn.exe windows-service register --service-name RavenDB4

Running as service in Linux, add to your daemon script:

<path/to/ravendb>/Server/Raven.Server --daemon

Hello World (.NET)

Server Side

  • Launch a RavenDB server instance as follows:
   <path/to/ravendb>/Server/Raven.Server --ServerUrl=http://localhost:8080
  • Open a web browser and enter http://localhost:8080
  • Click on Databases on the left menu, and then create a new database named SampleDataDB
  • Click on Settings and then on Create Sample Data in the left menu. Now Click on Create

Client Side

   mkdir HelloWorld
   cd HelloWorld
   dotnet new console
  • Add the RavenDB Client package:
   dotnet add package RavenDB.Client --version 4.0.0-*
  • Replace the content of Program.cs with the following:
using System;
using Raven.Client.Documents;

namespace HelloWorld
    class Shippers
        public string Name;
        public string Phone;
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            using (var store = new DocumentStore
                Urls = new string[] {"http://localhost:8080"},
                Database = "SampleDataDB"

                using (var session = store.OpenSession())
                    var shipper = session.Load<Shippers>("shippers/1-A");
                    Console.WriteLine("Shipper #1 : " + shipper.Name + ", Phone: " + shipper.Phone);
  • Type:
   dotnet restore
   dotnet build
   dotnet run
Enjoy :)