Creating a Local RethinkDB Database for Development
In this tutorial, you will:
- Create a RethinkDB Container for Development
- (Advanced) Clone a small Node.js application and write data into RethinkDB.
Setting up RethinkDB in Kitematic
First, download and start Kitematic if you haven’t yet done so. Once you’re in, the app should look like this:
Click on the Create button of the
rethinkdb image listing in the recommended list as shown above. This will download & run a RethinkDB container within a few minutes. Once it’s done, you’ll have a local RethinkDB database up and running.
Let’s start using it to develop a node.js app. For now let’s figure out on which IP address and Port RethinkDB is listening! Awesome! To find which ports it’s listening on, click the
Settings tab and then the
There! We can see that for RethinkDB Port
28015, the container is listening on host
192.168.99.100 and port
49154 (in this example - it may be different for you). This means we can now reach RethinkDB via a client driver at
192.168.99.100:49154. Again, this may be different for you.
(Advanced) Saving Data into RethinkDB with a local Node.js App
First download and install Node.js if you don’t have it yet.
We’ll create the RethinkDB example chat to test drive our new database. In the Terminal, type:
bash-3.2$ export RDB_HOST=192.168.99.100 # replace with IP from above step bash-3.2$ export RDB_PORT=49154 # replace with Port from above step bash-3.2$ git clone https://github.com/rethinkdb/rethinkdb-example-nodejs-chat bash-3.2$ cd rethinkdb-example-nodejs-chat bash-3.2$ npm install bash-3.2$ npm start
Then open a browser at
http://localhost:8000. Congratulations! you’ve used a RethinkDB container in Kitematic to build a real-time chat app. Happy coding!