Druid is a distributed, column-oriented, real-time analytics data store that is commonly used to power exploratory dashboards in multi-tenant environments.

Druid excels as a data warehousing solution for fast aggregate queries on petabyte sized data sets. Druid supports a variety of flexible filters, exact calculations, approximate algorithms, and other useful calculations.

Druid can load both streaming and batch data and integrates with Samza, Kafka, Storm, Spark, and Hadoop.

Code Quality Rank: L1
Programming language: Java
License: Apache License 2.0
Latest version: v0.20.0

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Apache Druid

Druid is a high performance real-time analytics database. Druid's main value add is to reduce time to insight and action.

Druid is designed for workflows where fast queries and ingest really matter. Druid excels at powering UIs, running operational (ad-hoc) queries, or handling high concurrency. Consider Druid as an open source alternative to data warehouses for a variety of use cases. The design documentation explains the key concepts.

Getting started

You can get started with Druid with our local or Docker quickstart.

Druid provides a rich set of APIs (via HTTP and JDBC) for loading, managing, and querying your data. You can also interact with Druid via the built-in web console (shown below).

Load data

data loader Kafka

Load streaming and batch data using a point-and-click wizard to guide you through ingestion setup. Monitor one off tasks and ingestion supervisors.

Manage the cluster


Manage your cluster with ease. Get a view of your datasources, segments, ingestion tasks, and services from one convenient location. All powered by SQL systems tables, allowing you to see the underlying query for each view.

Issue queries

query view combo

Use the built-in query workbench to prototype DruidSQL and native queries or connect one of the many tools that help you make the most out of Druid.


See the latest documentation for the documentation for the current official release. If you need information on a previous release, you can browse previous releases documentation.

Make documentation and tutorials updates in /docs using MarkDown and contribute them using a pull request.


Visit the official project community page to read about getting involved in contributing to Apache Druid, and how we help one another use and operate Druid.

  • Druid users can find help in the druid-user mailing list on Google Groups, and have more technical conversations in #troubleshooting on Slack.
  • Druid development discussions take place in the druid-dev mailing list ([email protected]). Subscribe by emailing [email protected]. For live conversations, join the #dev channel on Slack.

Check out the official community page for details of how to join the community Slack channels.

Find articles written by community members and a calendar of upcoming events on the project site - contribute your own events and articles by submitting a PR in the apache/druid-website-src repository.

Building from source

Please note that JDK 8 or JDK 11 is required to build Druid.

See the latest build guide for instructions on building Apache Druid from source.


Please follow the community guidelines for contributing.

For instructions on setting up IntelliJ [dev/intellij-setup.md](dev/intellij-setup.md)


Apache License, Version 2.0

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Druid README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.