Console Modes

There are two modes available to you, while executing commands through the OrientDB Console: interactive mode and batch mode.

Interactive Mode

By default, the Console starts in interactive mode. In this mode, the Console loads to an orientdb> prompt. From there you can execute commands and SQL statements as you might expect in any other database console.

You can launch the console in interactive mode by executing the for Linux OS systems or console.bat for Windows systems in the bin directory of your OrientDB installation. Note that running this file requires execution permissions.

$ ./

OrientDB console v.X.X.X (build 0)
Type 'HELP' to display all the commands supported.
Installing extensions for GREMLIN language v.X.X.X


From here, you can begin running SQL statements or commands. For a list of these commands, see commands.

Batch mode

When the Console runs in batch mode, it takes commands as arguments on the command-line or as a text file and executes the commands in that file in order. Use the same or console.bat file found in bin at the OrientDB installation directory.

  • Command-line: To execute commands in batch mode from the command line, pass the commands you want to run in a string, separated by a semicolon.

    $ $ORIENTDB_HOME/bin/ "CONNECT REMOTE:localhost/demo;SELECT FROM Profile"
  • Script Commands: In addition to entering the commands as a string on the command-line, you can also save the commands to a text file as a semicolon-separated list.

    $ vim commands.txt
      CONNECT REMOTE:localhost/demo;SELECT FROM Profile
    $ $ORIENTDB_HOME/bin/ commands.txt

Ignoring Errors

When running commands in batch mode, you can tell the console to ignore errors, allowing the script to continue the execution, with the ignoreErrors setting.

$ vim commands.txt

  SET ignoreErrors TRUE

Enabling Echo

Regardless of whether you call the commands as an argument or through a file, when you run console commands in batch mode, you may also need to display them as they execute. You can enable this feature using the echo setting, near the start of your commands list.

$ vim commands.txt

  SET echo TRUE

Enabling Date in prompt

Starting from v2.2.9, to enable the date in the prompt, set the variable promptDateFormat with the date format following the SimpleDateFormat specs.

orientdb {db=test1}> set promptDateFormat "yyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss.sss"

orientdb {db=test1 (2016-08-26 09:34:12.012)}> 

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