Set up InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated

As you get started with this tutorial, do the following to make sure everything you need is in place.

Request an InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated cluster

Contact the InfluxData Sales team to request an InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated cluster. When your cluster is deployed, InfluxData sends you an email inviting you to join your cluster. Use the link provided in the email to accept the invitation and create your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated account.

After accepting the invitation and creating an account, InfluxData provides the following information:

  • Your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated account ID
  • Your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated cluster ID
  • Your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated cluster URL

Download, install, and configure the influxctl CLI

The influxctl CLI lets you manage your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated cluster from a command line and perform administrative tasks such as managing databases and tokens.

  1. Download and install the influxctl CLI.

  2. Create a connection profile and provide your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated connection credentials.

    The influxctl CLI uses connection profiles to connect to and authenticate with your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated cluster.

    Create a file named config.toml at the following location depending on your operating system.

    Operating systemDefault profile configuration file path
    macOS~/Library/Application Support/influxctl/config.toml

    If stored at a non-default location, include the --config flag with each influxctl command and provide the path to your profile configuration file.

  3. Copy and paste the sample configuration profile code into your config.toml:

  name = "default"
  product = "dedicated"
  account_id = "
cluster_id = "
host = ""

Replace the following with your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated credentials:

  • ACCOUNT_ID: Your account ID
  • CLUSTER_ID: Your cluster ID

For detailed information about influxctl profiles, see Configure connection profiles.

Create a database

Use the influxctl database create command to create a database. You can use an existing database or create a new one specifically for this getting started tutorial. Examples in this getting started tutorial assume a database named get-started.

Authenticate with your cluster

The first time you run an influxctl CLI command, you are directed to login to Auth0. Once logged in, Auth0 issues a short-lived (1 hour) management token for the influxctl CLI that grants administrative access to your InfluxDB Cloud Dedicated cluster.

Provide the following:

  • Database name.
  • Optional: Database retention period as a duration value. If no retention period is specified, the default is infinite.
influxctl database create --retention-period 

Create a database token

Use the influxctl token create command to create a database token with read and write permissions for your database.

Provide the following:

  • Permission grants
    • --read-database: Grants read access to a database
    • --write-database Grants write access to a database
  • Token description
influxctl token create \
"Read/write token for

The command returns the token ID and the token string. Store the token string in a safe place. You’ll need it later. This is the only time the token string is available in plain text.

Store secure tokens in a secret store

Token strings are returned only on token creation. We recommend storing database tokens in a secure secret store. For example, see how to authenticate Telegraf using tokens in your OS secret store.

Configure authentication credentials

Code samples in later sections assume you assigned the token string to an INFLUX_TOKEN environment variable–for example:

# Make sure to include a space character at the end of this command.

Replace DATABASE_TOKEN with your database token string.

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