Step 2 - Installing InfluxDB Enterprise data nodes

InfluxDB Enterprise offers highly scalable clusters on your infrastructure and a management UI for working with clusters. The next steps will get you up and running with the second essential component of your InfluxDB Enterprise cluster: the data nodes.

If you have not set up your meta nodes, go to Installing InfluxDB Enterprise meta nodes. Do not proceed unless you have finished installing your meta nodes.

Data node setup description and requirements

The Production Installation process sets up two data nodes, each running on a dedicated server. You must have a minimum of two data nodes in a cluster. InfluxDB Enterprise clusters require at least two data nodes for high availability and redundancy.

Note: Although there is no requirement that each data node runs on a dedicated server, InfluxData recommends this for production installations.

See Clustering in InfluxDB Enterprise for more on cluster architecture.

Other requirements

License key or file

InfluxDB Enterprise requires a license key OR a license file to run. Your license key is available at InfluxPortal. Contact support at the email we provided at signup to receive a license file. License files are required only if the nodes in your cluster cannot reach on port 80 or 443.


Data nodes communicate over ports 8088, 8089, and 8091.

For licensing purposes, data nodes must also be able to reach on port 80 or 443. If the data nodes cannot reach on port 80 or 443, set the license-path setting instead of the license-key setting in the data node configuration file.

Load balancer

InfluxDB Enterprise does not function as a load balancer. You will need to configure your own load balancer to send client traffic to the data nodes on port 8086 (the default port for the HTTP API).

Data node setup

Step 1: Modify the /etc/hosts file

Add your servers’ hostnames and IP addresses to each cluster server’s /etc/hosts file (the hostnames below are representative).

<Data_1_IP> enterprise-data-01
<Data_2_IP> enterprise-data-02

Verification steps:

Before proceeding with the installation, verify on each meta node and data node server that the other servers are resolvable. Here is an example set of shell commands using ping:

ping -qc 1 enterprise-meta-01
ping -qc 1 enterprise-meta-02
ping -qc 1 enterprise-meta-03
ping -qc 1 enterprise-data-01
ping -qc 1 enterprise-data-02

If there are any connectivity issues resolve them before proceeding with the installation. A healthy cluster requires that every meta and data node can communicate with every other meta and data node.

Step 2: Set up, configure, and start the data services

Perform the following steps on each data server.

2.1 Download and install the data service

Ubuntu & Debian (64-bit)

sudo dpkg -i influxdb-data_1.5.4-c1.5.4_amd64.deb

RedHat & CentOS (64-bit)

sudo yum localinstall influxdb-data-1.5.4_c1.5.4.x86_64.rpm

2.2 Edit the configuration file

In the /etc/influxdb/influxdb.conf file, complete these steps:

  1. Uncomment hostname at the top of the file and set it to the full hostname of the data node
  2. Uncomment auth-enabled in the [http] section and set it to true
  3. Uncomment shared-secret in the [http] section and set it to a long pass phrase that will be used to sign tokens for intra-cluster communication. This value must be the same for all data nodes.
  4. Set license-key in the [enterprise] section to the license key you received on InfluxPortal or license-path in the [enterprise] section to the local path to the JSON license file you received from InfluxData.

The license-key and license-path settings are mutually exclusive and one must remain set to the empty string.

# Change this option to true to disable reporting.
# reporting-disabled = false
# bind-address = ":8088"

  # license-key and license-path are mutually exclusive, use only one and leave the other blank
  license-key = "<your_license_key>" # Mutually exclusive with license-path

  # The path to a valid license file.  license-key and license-path are mutually exclusive,
  # use only one and leave the other blank.
  license-path = "/path/to/readable/JSON.license.file" # Mutually exclusive with license-key

  # Where the cluster metadata is stored
  dir = "/var/lib/influxdb/meta" # data nodes do require a local meta directory


  # Determines whether HTTP endpoint is enabled.
  # enabled = true

  # The bind address used by the HTTP service.
  # bind-address = ":8086"

  # Determines whether HTTP authentication is enabled.
  auth-enabled = true # Recommended, but not required


  # The JWT auth shared secret to validate requests using JSON web tokens.
  shared-secret = "long pass phrase used for signing tokens"

2.3 Start the data service

On sysvinit systems, enter:

service influxdb start

On systemd systems, enter:

sudo systemctl start influxdb

Verify the data service is running

Check to see that the service is running by entering:

    ps aux | grep -v grep | grep influxdb

You should see output similar to:

influxdb  2706  0.2  7.0 571008 35376 ?        Sl   15:37   0:16 /usr/bin/influxd -config /etc/influxdb/influxdb.conf

If you do not see the expected output, the process is either not launching or is exiting prematurely. Check the logs for error messages and verify the previous setup steps are complete.

If you see the expected output, repeat for the remaining data nodes. After all of your data nodes have been installed, configured, and launched, move on to the next section to join the data nodes to the cluster.

Join the data nodes to the cluster

Join your data nodes to the cluster only when you are adding a brand new node, either during the initial creation of your cluster or when growing the number of data nodes. If you are replacing an existing data node using the influxd-ctl update-data command, skip the rest of this guide.

Run the following commands on one of the meta nodes that you set up during meta nodes installation:

influxd-ctl add-data enterprise-data-01:8088

influxd-ctl add-data enterprise-data-02:8088

The expected output is:

Added data node y at enterprise-data-0x:8088

Run the add-data command only once for each data node you are joining to the cluster.

Verify your data nodes installation

Issue the following command on any meta node:

influxd-ctl show

The expected output is:

Data Nodes
ID   TCP Address               Version
4    enterprise-data-01:8088   1.5.4-c1.5.4
5    enterprise-data-02:8088   1.5.4-c1.5.4

Meta Nodes
TCP Address               Version
enterprise-meta-01:8091   1.5.4-c1.5.4
enterprise-meta-02:8091   1.5.4-c1.5.4
enterprise-meta-03:8091   1.5.4-c1.5.4

The output should list every data node that was added to the cluster. The first data node added should have ID=N, where N is equal to one plus the number of meta nodes. In a standard three meta node cluster, the first data node should have ID=4. Subsequently added data nodes should have monotonically increasing IDs. If not, there may be artifacts of a previous cluster in the metastore.

If you do not see your data nodes in the output, retry adding them to the cluster.

Once your data nodes are part of your cluster, proceed to installing Chronograf.

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