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Quick start

This guide aims to provide a quick and easy way to get started with RisingWave.

Step 1: Start RisingWave


The following options start RisingWave in the standalone mode. In this mode, data is stored in the file system and the metadata is stored in the embedded SQLite database. See About RisingWave standalone mode for more details.

For extensive testing or single-machine deployment, consider starting RisingWave via Docker Compose. For production environments, consider RisingWave Cloud, our fully managed service, or deployment on Kubernetes using the Operator or Helm Chart.

Script installation

Open a terminal and run the following curl command.

curl | sh

To start a RisingWave instance, run the following command.



Ensure Docker Desktop is installed and running in your environment.

docker run -it --pull=always -p 4566:4566 -p 5691:5691 risingwavelabs/risingwave:latest single_node


Ensure Homebrew is installed, and run the following commands:

brew tap risingwavelabs/risingwave
brew install risingwave

From a Web browser

Step 2: Connect to RisingWave

Ensure you have psql installed in your environment. To learn about how to install it, see Install psql without PostgreSQL.

Open a new terminal window and run:

psql -h localhost -p 4566 -d dev -U root

Step 3: Insert some data

RisingWave supports both direct data insertion and streaming data ingestion from sources like message queues and database change streams.

To keep things simple, we'll demonstrate the approach of direct data insertion. Let's create a table and insert some data.

For instance, we can create a table named exam_scores to store information about examination scores.

Create the table
CREATE TABLE exam_scores (
score_id int,
exam_id int,
student_id int,
score real,
exam_date date
Insert five rows of data
INSERT INTO exam_scores (score_id, exam_id, student_id, score, exam_date)
(1, 101, 1001, 85.5, '2022-01-10'),
(2, 101, 1002, 92.0, '2022-01-10'),
(3, 101, 1003, 78.5, '2022-01-10'),
(4, 102, 1001, 91.2, '2022-02-15'),
(5, 102, 1003, 88.9, '2022-02-15');

Step 4: Analyze and query data

As an example, let's create a materialized view to calculate the average score for each examination, and then view the current result of the materialized view.

Create a materialized view
AVG(score) AS average_score,
COUNT(score) AS total_scores
Query the current result
SELECT * FROM average_exam_scores;
exam_id | average_score | total_scores
102 | 90.05000000000001 | 2
101 | 85.33333333333333 | 3
(2 rows)

As new data is received, the average_exam_scores materialized view will be automatically updated. RisingWave performs incremental computations in the background to keep the results up to date.

Now, let's insert five additional rows of data into the exam_scores table and query the latest result from the average_exam_scores materialized view. This will provide us with the updated average score for each examination.

Insert more data
INSERT INTO exam_scores (score_id, exam_id, student_id, score, exam_date)
(11, 101, 1004, 89.5, '2022-05-05'),
(12, 101, 1005, 93.2, '2022-05-05'),
(13, 102, 1004, 87.1, '2022-06-10'),
(14, 102, 1005, 91.7, '2022-06-10'),
(15, 102, 1006, 84.3, '2022-06-10');
Query the latest result
SELECT * FROM average_exam_scores;
exam_id | average_score | total_scores
101 | 87.74 | 5
102 | 88.64000000000001 | 5
(2 rows)

About RisingWave standalone mode

RisingWave standalone mode is a simplified deployment mode for RisingWave. It is designed to be minimal, easy to install, and configure.

Unlike other deployment modes, for instance Docker Compose or Kubernetes, RisingWave standalone mode starts the cluster as a single process. This means that services like compactor, frontend, compute and meta are all embedded in this process.

For state store, we will use the embedded LocalFs Object Store, eliminating the need for an external service like minio or s3; for meta store, we will use the embedded SQLite database, eliminating the need for an external service like etcd.

By default, the RisingWave standalone mode will store its data in ~/risingwave, which includes both Metadata and State Data.

For a batteries-included setup, with monitoring tools and external services like kafka fully included, you can use Docker Compose instead. If you would like to set up these external services manually, you may check out RisingWave's Docker Compose, and run these services using the same configurations.

Configure RisingWave standalone mode

The instance of RisingWave standalone mode can run without any configuration. However, there are some options available to customize the instance.

The main options which new users may require would be the state store directory (--state-store-directory) and in-memory mode (--in-memory).

--state-store-directory specifies the new directory where the cluster's Metadata and State Data will reside. The default is to store it in the ~/risingwave folder.

# Reconfigure RisingWave to be stored under 'projects' folder instead.
risingwave --state-store-directory ~/projects/risingwave

--in-memory will run an in-memory instance of RisingWave, both Metadata and State Data will not be persisted.

risingwave --in-memory

You can view other options with:

risingwave single --help

Monitoring RisingWave standalone mode with Grafana and Prometheus

To monitor your standalone cluster, you may wish to integrate metrics monitoring with Grafana and Prometheus.

First install Grafana and Prometheus.

Next, clone the RisingWave repository, it contains various configuration files.

Start the RisingWave standalone cluster.

Make sure you're in the RisingWave directory.

Start your prometheus instance:

prometheus --config.file=./standalone/prometheus.yaml --web.listen-address=

Then start the Grafana instance:

grafana server --config ./standalone/grafana.ini

Next, add the Prometheus Data Source on the Grafana Dashboard: http://localhost:3001/connections/datasources/prometheus.

name: risedev-prometheus
Prometheus Server URL: http://localhost:9500

Finally, add the User and Dev Dashboard: http://localhost:3001/dashboard/import. The file paths are grafana/risingwave-dev-dashboard.json, grafana/risingwave-user-dashboard.json.

With that you can now monitor your standalone cluster with Grafana and Prometheus.

What's next?

Congratulations! You've successfully started RisingWave and conducted some initial data analysis. To explore further, you may want to:

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