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Starting GraphDB

Attention! The information on this page is left inside the documentation for historic reasons. GraphDB is not used for active development anymore.

GraphDB SE

Inside the Knora git repository, there is a folder called /triplestores/graphdb-se containing the latest supported version of the GraphDB-SE distribution archive.

Running Locally

Unzip to a place of your choosing and run the following:

$ cd /to/unziped/location
$ ./bin/graphdb -Dgraphdb.license.file=/path/to/GRAPHDB_SE.license

Running inside Docker

Important Steps

To be able to successfully run GraphDB inside docker two important steps need to be done beforhand:

  1. Install Docker from
  2. Copy the GraphDB-SE license file into a folder of you choosing and name it GRAPHDB_SE.license. We will mount this folder into the docker container, so that the license can be used by GraphDB running inside the container.


$ docker run --rm -it -v /path/to/license/folder:/external -p 7200:7200 daschswiss/graphdb
  • --rm removes the container as soon as you stop it
  • -p forwards the exposed port to your host (or if you use boot2docker to this IP)
  • -it allows interactive mode, so you see if something gets deployed

After the GraphDB inside the docker container has started, you can find the GraphDB workbench here: http://localhost:7200

Above, we create and start a transient container (--rm flag). To create a container that we can stop and start again at a later time, follow the following steps:

$ docker run --name graphdb -d -t -v /path/to/license/folder:/external -p 7200:7200 daschswiss/graphdb

(to see the console output, attach to the container; to detach press Ctrl-c)
$ docker attach graphdb

(to stop the container)
$ docker stop graphdb

(to start the container again)
$ docker start graphdb

(to remove the container; needs to be stopped)
$ docker rm graphdb
  • --name give the container a name
  • -d run container in background and print container ID
  • -t allocate a pseudo TTY, so you see the console output
  • -p forwards the exposed port to your host

GraphDB Free

You can run GraphDB Free locally as described for GraphDB SE above, or you can use Knora's pre-built GraphDB Free Docker image:

$ docker run --rm -p 7200:7200 daschswiss/graphdb-free

Last update: 2022-04-05