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CockroachDB is a cloud-native SQL database for building global, scalable cloud services that survive disasters.

What is CockroachDB?

CockroachDB is a distributed SQL database built on a transactional and
strongly-consistent key-value store. It scales horizontally;
survives disk, machine, rack, and even datacenter failures with
minimal latency disruption and no manual intervention; supports
strongly-consistent ACID transactions; and provides a familiar
SQL API for structuring, manipulating, and querying data.

For more details, see our FAQ or architecture document.


For guidance on installation, development, deployment, and administration, see our User Documentation.


  1. Install CockroachDB.
  2. Start a local cluster
    and talk to it via the built-in SQL client.
  3. Learn more about CockroachDB SQL.
  4. Use a PostgreSQL-compatible driver or ORM to
    build an app with CockroachDB.
  5. Explore core features,
    such as data replication, automatic rebalancing, and fault tolerance and recovery.

Client Drivers

CockroachDB supports the PostgreSQL wire protocol, so you can use any available PostgreSQL client drivers to connect from various languages.


  • Test Deployments - Easiest way to test an insecure, multi-node CockroachDB cluster.
  • Production Deployments
    • Manual - Steps to deploy a CockroachDB cluster manually on multiple machines.
    • Cloud - Guides for deploying CockroachDB on various cloud platforms.
    • Orchestration - Guides for running CockroachDB with popular open-source orchestration systems.

Need Help?


We welcome your contributions! If you’re looking for issues to work on, try
looking at the good first issue
list. We do our best to tag issues suitable for new external contributors with
that label, so it’s a great way to find something you can help with! See our
for more details.

Engineering discussion takes place on our public mailing list,,
and feel free to join our Community Slack (there’s
a dedicated #contributors channel!) to ask questions, discuss your ideas, or
connect with other contributors.


For an in-depth discussion of the CockroachDB architecture, see our
For the original design motivation, see our design

Comparison with Other Databases

To see how key features of CockroachDB stack up against other databases,
check out CockroachDB in Comparison.

See Also