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Doradus In The Wild

Just learning about Doradus? Here are some links to recent presentations:

What is Doradus?

New to Doradus? There's a quick overview in this wiki page: Doradus Overview. The Wiki pages also have detailed information on these key topics: Doradus OLAP, Doradus Spider, and Doradus Administration. If you like nice big PDF files, see the docs folder. Keep reading to find out what's new and tips for downloading, building, and running Doradus.

What's New?

The v2.4 release is now available! Here's a summary of some of the new features:

  • OLAP optimizations: Several performance and space optimizations were implemented for Doradus OLAP, including the

    parameter, which allows parallel shard searching for multi-shard queries.
  • OLAP merging: OLAP applications can now request automatic background merging with the auto-merge option. This option is compatible with explicit, REST command-based merge requests, and merge tasks are distributed in a multi-instance cluster.

  • OLAP live data queries: Data batches that have not yet been merged can be included in object and aggregate queries by adding the parameter

    to the URI. There are a few caveats with this option, but when updates mostly add new objects to shards, this option allows you to query "live" data.
  • OLAP new query functions: OLAP supports a new

    function for aggregate queries, and new set quantification functions:
    , and
  • New Logging Service: A new storage service is available, optimized for immutable, time-series log data. This service can store up to 500K events/second/node, uses very little disk space, and provides fast searching and aggregate queries.

  • Docker support: In addition to the OpenShift environment, Doradus can now be hosted as a Docker application using its embedded Jetty server. The Docker implementation also supports the AWS Elastic Container Service (ECS), giving Doradus automatic load balancing and failover.

  • Logging for Docker apps: A Logstash-based Docker image is available to capture Docker application log files and store them using the new Doradus Logging service.

  • Dory client: The doradus-client package offers a new Java POJO client we call "Dory". The primary interface class is
    . This generic client can call all REST commands for all active storage services, including future ones. It uses the builder pattern for constructing application schemas, update batches, and queries. You can find an example application at
  • REST command metadata: You can get a list of all available REST commands with the new command:

    GET /_commands
    . (Add
    to the URI to see the result in JSON.) The name, description, and parameters of each command are described.
  • Multi-tenant features: New multi-tenant features have been added such as the ability to define tenant-specific users with explicit permission lists.

  • Config command: Get the server's current version and parameter settings with the REST command:

    GET /_config
  • Java 1.8: Doradus is now compiled with and requires Java 1.8.

Doradus Components

Doradus consists of following components:

  • doradus-client: This is an optional module that allows Java clients to access a Doradus server using plain old Java objects (POJOs). It hides the REST API and provides basic features for connecting/reconnecting, connection pools, message compression, and exception handling. Requests and results are passed as simple Java classes. The doradus-client module provides two different approaches for creating client applications:

: This class uses custom
objects for accessing storage service-specific commands. For example,
can be used to add a batch of data to a Spider application. See
for an example application that uses this interface.

: This is the main class for the "Dory" client, which is a generic interface that can call any command for any application. See the application
for an example of how to use this approach.
  • doradus-common: This module consists of common classes used by both the client and server modules.

  • doradus-distribution: This is a precompiled version of a recent Doradus release with scripts to install Cassandra and Doradus and get them running.

  • doradus-docker: This module provides a

    and instructions on how to use Doradus as a Docker application.
  • doradus-dynamodb: This module provides a concrete

    implementation that allows Dorauds to use AWS DynamoDB for persistence instead of Cassandra. This module is still under development and should be considered experimental.
  • doradus-jetty: This module embeds the Jetty web server, allowing Doradus to run as a standalone process.

  • doradus-regression-tests: This module contains a custom regression test application and numerous test case files. We add new tests as new features are implemented and when bugs are found.

  • doradus-server: This project houses the core Doradus server. The server can be started as a standalone application with or without the embedded Jetty server, or it can be embedded in another application. It reads doradus.yaml for configuration options.

  • doradus-tomcat: This module provides interface code and instructions on how to use Doradus with Apache Tomcat. This provides an alternate way to serve the REST API instead of the embedded Jetty server.


Doradus requires Java 1.8 or higher and Cassandra 2.x.

Installing Cassandra

You can use an existing Cassandra installation or download Cassandra on your own. Any 2.x release should work, though we've tested Doradus the most with 2.0.x. The protocol that Doradus uses to communicate with Cassandra (Thrift or CQL) as well as the Cassandra host name(s) and port are configured in the doradus.yaml.

Building Doradus

Doradus supports Maven and Ant builds, though each places binaries and config files in slightly different directory structures. To build using Maven, from the root folder enter:

mvn clean install dependency:copy-dependencies -Dgpg.skip=true

To build Doradus using Ant, just enter

from the root directory. See the Doradus Administration document for more details on building Doradus.

Configuring Doradus

All default configuration come from the

file. You can edit it directly or override parameters in command line arguments by prefixing each parameter name with a '-' and specifying the parameter value next. For example, doradus.yaml defines
restport: 1123
, which sets the REST API listening port number. To override this to 5711, add the command line argument:
java -cp ... -restport 5711

When Doradus runs, it connects to the Cassandra server(s) as configured in doradus.yaml. If Cassandra is not running when the server starts, it will try connecting every 5 seconds until successful. In the mean time, REST requests that require the database connection will receive a 503 response.

See the Doradus Administration documentation for more information about configurating and running Doradus.

Running Doradus

If you build Doradus with Maven, you can run Doradus as a stand-alone process using the embedded Jetty server to handle REST commands. From the

folder enter:
java -cp ../doradus-server/target:target/classes:target/dependency/*

For historic reasons, the Ant build uses a slightly different folder structure. To run Doradus with the embedded Jetty server after an Ant build, from the

folder enter:
java -cp ./lib/*:./config/*

Since Doradus is stateless, multiple instances can be run against the same Cassandra cluster.

Accessing Doradus

A browser can be used to access Doradus REST API commands. For example, to list applications that have been defined:


An application is the name Doradus uses for what other databases might call a schema. To create a minimal application (managed by Doradus Spider by default), you can use the following curl command:

curl -H "content-type: text/xml" -d '' http://localhost:1123/_applications

Doradus supports XML and JSON for all commands; below is the same command using JSON:

curl -H "content-type: application/json" -d '{"Stuff": {}}' http://localhost:1123/_applications

These commands create a Spider-managed application called

. Initially, the application has no predefined tables. However, an application option called
defaults to
, so new tables are created automatically as they are referenced. Spider also supports dynamically-added fields, so you can immediately create a new table and add some objects to it with the following POST command and message. We'll use JSON for this example:
POST /Stuff/Messages
{"batch": {
    "docs": [
        {"doc": {
            "Subject": "Here's a subject",
            "Body": "Here a body"
        {"doc": {
            "Subject": "Here's another subject",
            "Body": "Here's another body"

This command creates a new table called

and adds two new objects. The
fields are indexed as full text fields, and each object is assigned a default
. You can fetch all objects in the table using this REST command:
GET /Stuff/Message/_query?q=*

You can use a browser or your favorite HTTP library to send REST commands. Alternatively, Java applications can use the Doradus Client library to hide the REST API and use plain old Java objects (POJOs). See the

Java docs for more information.

Running Regression Tests

The doradus-regression-tests folder contains a custom regression test application and a set of test scripts. To run regression tests, first modify the file

, if necessary, to point to the
base directory. Example:

Under the

folder, subfolders have names such as
. Within a subfolder, a test is defined by the following files:
  • .test.xml
    : This file defines the instructions to be carried-out by the test processor for the test called
  • .defs.xml
    : This optional file defines schemas and input data blocks that can be referenced by the test called
  • .result.txt
    : This file contains the expected output for the test called

The regression test processor's main is
and requires no parameters. Here's a simple script that can be used from the ./doradus-regression-tests folder to run the tests:
java -cp ./target/classes:./target/dependency/*

If a test fails, the test processor will create two files:

  • .xresult.txt
    : This file contains the actual output generated by the test.
  • .xdiff.txt
    : This file compares the expected and actual output and flags lines that are added to (+) or deleted from (-) the expected results.

The test processor also creates an HTML report with the file name defined in

. This provides a quick overview of the test run, including differences for
failed tests.

You can limit the test suite to specific tests by modifying

. For example, to run only test
in the
directory only:


The following are the primary Doradus resources:

  • Source code: Source code can be downloaded here, from this Github project:
  • Documentation: Our Github project includes extensive Wiki pages for Doradus OLAP, Spider, and Administration. Alternatively, you'll find complete PDF versions of the same information from the following folder:
  • Issues: Please feel free to post bug reports and feature enhancements in the Github Issues area:
  • Downloads: Source, binary, and Java doc bundles can be downloaded from Maven Central by searching for

    . Example:


Doradus is available under the Apache License Version 2.0. See LICENSE.txt or for a copy of this license.

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