How To Install RethinkDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install RethinkDB on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install RethinkDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, RethinkDB is a free and open-source NoSQL database system that makes it easier for building real-time apps. It uses JSON to load the applications into and read the database. RethinkDB is built to store JSON documents and you can scale it to multiple machines easily. It is easy to set up and has a simple query language that supports table joins and group by.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the RethinkDB open-source and scalable database on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install RethinkDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install net-tools

Step 2. Installing RethinkDB on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, RethinkDB is available Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the RethinkDB repository to your system:

source /etc/lsb-release && echo "deb$DISTRIB_CODENAME $DISTRIB_CODENAME main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/rethinkdb.list

Next, import the GPG keys:

wget -qO- | sudo apt-key add -

It is now time to install the RethinkDB using the following command below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install rethinkdb

After installing the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable the RethinkDB service:

sudo systemctl stop rethinkdb
sudo systemctl start rethinkdb
sudo systemctl enable rethinkdb

Step 3. Accessing RethinkDB Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and type the URL http://your-server-ip:8080. You will be redirected to the RethinkDB default dashboard as shown below:

Install RethinkDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed RethinkDB. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the RethinkDB pen-source database for the real-time web on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official RethinkDB website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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