HarperDB Overview

HarperDB is a globally-distributed edge application platform. It reduces complexity, increases performance, and lowers costs by combining user-defined applications, a high-performance database, and an enterprise-grade streaming broker into a single package. The platform offers unlimited horizontal scale at the click of a button, and syncs data across the cluster in milliseconds. HarperDB simplifies the process of delivering applications and the data that drives them to the edge, which dramatically improves both the user experience and total cost of ownership for large-scale applications. Deploying HarperDB on global infrastructure enables a CDN-like solution for enterprise data and applications.

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HarperDB Studio

Every Installation of HarperDB can be administered online using HarperDB Studio. This web-based interface provides you the ability to set up new schemas and tables, configure users and roles, manage data replication, and purchase and deploy enterprise licenses.

  • Simplify Administration – handle all HarperDB administration tasks from one simple interface

HarperDB Studio

HarperDB APIs

The preferred way to interact with HarperDB for typical querying, accessing, and updating data (CRUD) operations is through the REST interface, described in the REST documentation.

The complete HarperDB Operations API documentation provides important administrative functions. Generally it is recommended that use the RESTful interface as your primary interface for scalable and performant data interaction for building production applications, and the operations API for administrative purposes.

Documentation and Support



Software Included

Package Version License
HarperDB 4.3.2 Restricted

Creating an App using the Control Panel

Click the Deploy to DigitalOcean button to create a Droplet based on this 1-Click App. If you aren’t logged in, this link will prompt you to log in with your DigitalOcean account.

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Creating an App using the API

In addition to creating a Droplet from the HarperDB 1-Click App using the control panel, you can also use the DigitalOcean API. As an example, to create a 4GB HarperDB Droplet in the SFO2 region, you can use the following curl command. You need to either save your API access token) to an environment variable or substitute it in the command below.

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
         -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' -d \
        '{"name":"choose_a_name","region":"sfo2","size":"s-2vcpu-4gb","image": "harperdb-18-04"}' \

Getting Started After Deploying HarperDB


HarperDB is a globally-distributed edge application platform comprised of an edge database, streaming broker, and user-defined applications delivering near-zero latency, huge cost savings, and a superior developer experience.

Getting Started

Deploying a HarperDB Droplet

  • When deploying your HarperDB Droplet, choose the Add Volume option and then select Manual Format & Mount.

Using Your HarperDB Droplet

Additional Information

  • A user account named harperdb is created when your Droplet is deployed. This account is used to run HarperDB, and does not have sudo privileges.
  • The password is randomly generated on creation. Credentials are stored in /root/.harperdb
  • The additional block storage volume attached to your Droplet is used to store the HarperDB databases. Logical Volume Manager is used to create a logical volume on this block storage volume. If needed, expand the block storage volume and use Logical Volume Manager to expand the logical volume. See Digital Ocean LVM Community Tutorial
  • The Droplet uses Uncomplicated Firewall (ufw); the following ports are enabled 9925 HarperDB HTTP, 9926 HarperDB HTTPS, 9932 HarperDB Clustering, and 22 SSH.
  • It is recommended that you update HarperDB admin password.