I want to run on Digital Ocean noSQL database, especially, eXist-db. Which droplet should I start with?

Posted November 1, 2019 2.4k views

I need to run noSQL database, especially, eXist-db so called High-performance native XML database engine available at on Digital Ocean. I have two questions:

  1. Which droplet should I start with?
  2. What is a monthly price of it?
  3. Is there any instructions on how to install and run noSQL?

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Submit an Answer
2 answers

Hi there,

I am one of the eXist-db core developers. At the moment there is no official eXist-db Droplet for Digital Ocean.

You likely have 4 main options -

  1. Take a Linux droplet, such as Ubuntu, and install eXist-db and its dependencies as per the eXist-db documentation. I think that is already discussed above.

  2. Take the Docker droplet - and then deploy an eXist-db Docker container from

  3. Use the Digital Ocean Kubernetes solution and deploy an eXist-db Docker container.

  4. Build your own eXist-db droplet for Digital Ocean. This mainly involves step (1) and then repackaging it.

If there is enough interest, we might consider providing an official eXist-db Droplet for Digital Ocean.


According to the official eXist-DB documentation, the minimum system requirements are:

  • At least Java version 8 (since eXist-db 3.0)
  • About 200Mb of disk space for the installation
  • At least 512Mb memory to run

This means that you could start with the smallest Droplet at $5 per month and then upgrade if you ever need to.

Regarding the installation, first you would have to install Java, you can follow the steps on how to do that here:

After that I would suggest following the steps from the official eXist-db

  • Download the installer by following the download link on the eXist-db homepage page. We recommend that you download the latest stable release. The installer is a single file called eXist-db-setup-[version].jar (for instance eXist-db-setup-3.6.1.jar).

  • Upload the installer to your droplet

  • Then launch the installer:

java -jar eXist-db-setup-[version].jar
  • You would get an installation command-line interface that you could go through to finish the setup. At the end you should get something like
[ Console installation done ]

Then if you’ve selected the default installation directory you could start the service up with the following:

/usr/local/eXist-db/bin/ -u admin -p password

Then by default the application would start on port 8080 and port 8443, so if you visit your droplet’s IP followed by the 8080 port you should see the application.

Hope that this helps!

by Koen Vlaswinkel
In this guide, you will install various versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and the Java Developer Kit (JDK) using `apt` . You'll install OpenJDK as well as official packages from Oracle. You'll then select the version you wish to use for your projects. When you're finished, you'll be able to use the JDK to develop software or use the Java Runtime to run software.
  • Nice job on this write up. Very helpful.

    The only issue I found after reading and doing everything you wrote was that my firewall wouldn’t allow eXist once it was started. I temporarily disabled ufw, restarted eXist, then went to my droplet’s IP and port 8080 and there it was.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to write this procedure up. Maybe I haven’t been looking in the right places, but this is the only resource I’ve seen on the web outlining a procedure for installing eXist on a virtual machine.