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CrateDB System Properties

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DescriptionDistributed Database based on Lucene
Primary database modelDocument store
Spatial DBMS
Search engine
Time Series DBMS
Vector DBMS
Secondary database modelsRelational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Rank#229  Overall
#37  Document stores
#5  Spatial DBMS
#16  Search engines
#19  Time Series DBMS
#8  Vector DBMS
Technical documentationcratedb.com/­docs
Initial release2013
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceno
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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CrateDB Cloud: a distributed SQL database that spreads data and processing across an elastic cluster of shared nothing nodes. CrateDB Cloud enables data insights at scale on Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform.
Implementation languageJava
Server operating systemsAll Operating Systems, including Kubernetes with CrateDB Kubernetes Operator support
Data schemeFlexible Schema (defined schema, partial schema, schema free)
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.no
Secondary indexesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes, but no triggers and constraints, and PostgreSQL compatibility
APIs and other access methodsADO.NET
PostgreSQL wire protocol
Prometheus Remote Read/Write
Supported programming languages.NET
Go infocommunity maintained client
JavaScript (Node.js) infocommunity maintained client
Perl infocommunity maintained client
Ruby infocommunity maintained client
Scala infocommunity maintained client
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functions (Javascript)
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesConfigurable replication on table/partition-level
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Read-after-write consistency on record level
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infounique row identifiers can be used for implementing an optimistic concurrency control strategy
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlrights management via user accounts
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Specific characteristics

The enterprise database for time series, documents, and vectors. Distributed - Native SQL - Open Source - Ready for AI

CrateDB is an open-source distributed SQL database that spreads data and processing across an elastic cluster of identical, shared-nothing nodes.


  • Run ad-hoc queries​ across 100s of billions of records in < 1 second​

  • Use columnar storage for hyper-fast aggregations​

  • With fully distributed query engine on top of Apache Lucene®​

Ease of Use and Flexibility

  • Standard SQL and PostgreSQL Wire Protocol for easy onboarding and great tool compatibility​

  • Analyze relational, object, time-series, geo and full-text data all in one system​

Scalability and Reliability

  • Scale from a single node to analyzing petabytes of data across hundreds of nodes in a cluster​

  • Built-in high availability and automatic failover​

  • Fully-managed Cloud, Hybrid and On-Premises (OSS)​

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Competitive advantages

  • Response time in milliseconds: even for complex ad-hoc queries.

  • Massive scaling: from one to hundreds of nodes.

  • Read/Write intensive: for heavy concurrent workloads.

  • Flexible data schema: editable on the fly at runtime.

  • Any type of data: structured, semi-structured, unstructured, time-series, geospatial, BLOB.

  • Aggregations on the fly: even with complex joins, large datasets and historical data.

  • Native SQL: for query simplicity and quick onboarding PostgreSQL Wire Protocol For 3rd party integrations.

  • Full-text search: no need for any extra database.

  • High availability: automatic failover, recovery and replication.

  • Multiple deployment models: DBaaS or self-managed / Edge extension.

  • Cost-efficient architecture: optimized infrastructure & operations / Low carbon footprint.

Typical application scenarios

  • IoT: accelerate your IIoT projects with CrateDB, delivering real-time analytics for high-volume Industrial IoT data.

  • Time-series: with CrateDB, you keep getting query results in milliseconds, even for complex queries, multiple data types and high ingest rates, while storing years of data.

  • Log analysis: insert all your logs into a single database that you can query instantaneously, even for the most write/read intensive use cases.

  • Geospatial data: store, analyze and track the location of people and objects in real-time.

  • Application backend: keep your performance high when your application backend data grows. 

  • AI/ML: CrateDB offers a robust scalable database that not only meets the requirements of your AI/ML data strategy but also unlocks new insights and copes with the huge AI workloads.

  • Digital twins: embrace digital twins technology with a scalable database designed for intensive reads/writes and providing real-time access to data to empower precise simulations and drive efficiency and cost savings.

Key customers

Across all continents, CrateDB is used by companies of all sizes to meet the most stringent requirements in terms of speed and scalability while minimizing the overhead of operations Discover more interesting stories >

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Recent citations in the news

CrateDB Announces Availability of CrateDB on Google Cloud Marketplace
8 April 2024, Datanami

CrateDB Appoints Sergey Gerasimenko as New CTO
19 February 2024, PR Newswire

CrateDB Partners with HiveMQ to Deliver a Seamless Data Management Architecture for IoT
25 March 2024, PR Newswire

How We Designed CrateDB as a Realtime SQL DBMS for the Internet of Things
29 August 2017, The New Stack

Real-Time Analytics Database Company CrateDB Names Lars Färnström as New CEO
1 March 2023, Business Wire

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