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Configuring Druid

This describes the common configuration shared by all Druid nodes. These configurations can be defined in the file.

JVM Configuration Best Practices

There are four JVM parameters that we set on all of our processes:

  1. -Duser.timezone=UTC This sets the default timezone of the JVM to UTC. We always set this and do not test with other default timezones, so local timezones might work, but they also might uncover weird and interesting bugs. To issue queries in a non-UTC timezone, see query granularities
  2. -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 This is similar to timezone, we test assuming UTF-8. Local encodings might work, but they also might result in weird and interesting bugs.
  3.<a path> Various parts of the system that interact with the file system do it via temporary files, and these files can get somewhat large. Many production systems are set up to have small (but fast) /tmp directories, which can be problematic with Druid so we recommend pointing the JVM’s tmp directory to something with a little more meat.
  4. -Djava.util.logging.manager=org.apache.logging.log4j.jul.LogManager This allows log4j2 to handle logs for non-log4j2 components (like jetty) which use standard java logging.


Many of Druid's external dependencies can be plugged in as modules. Extensions can be provided using the following configs:

Property Description Default The root extension directory where user can put extensions related files. Druid will load extensions stored under this directory. extensions (This is a relative path to Druid's working directory)
druid.extensions.hadoopDependenciesDir The root hadoop dependencies directory where user can put hadoop related dependencies files. Druid will load the dependencies based on the hadoop coordinate specified in the hadoop index task. hadoop-dependencies (This is a relative path to Druid's working directory
druid.extensions.loadList A JSON array of extensions to load from extension directories by Druid. If it is not specified, its value will be null and Druid will load all the extensions under If its value is empty list [], then no extensions will be loaded at all. It is also allowed to specify absolute path of other custom extensions not stored in the common extensions directory. null
druid.extensions.searchCurrentClassloader This is a boolean flag that determines if Druid will search the main classloader for extensions. It defaults to true but can be turned off if you have reason to not automatically add all modules on the classpath. true
druid.extensions.hadoopContainerDruidClasspath Hadoop Indexing launches hadoop jobs and this configuration provides way to explicitly set the user classpath for the hadoop job. By default this is computed automatically by druid based on the druid process classpath and set of extensions. However, sometimes you might want to be explicit to resolve dependency conflicts between druid and hadoop. null
druid.extensions.addExtensionsToHadoopContainer Only applicable if druid.extensions.hadoopContainerDruidClasspath is provided. If set to true, then extensions specified in the loadList are added to hadoop container classpath. Note that when druid.extensions.hadoopContainerDruidClasspath is not provided then extensions are always added to hadoop container classpath. false


Property Description Default
druid.modules.excludeList A JSON array of canonical class names (e. g. "io.druid.somepackage.SomeModule") of module classes which shouldn't be loaded, even if they are found in extensions specified by druid.extensions.loadList, or in the list of core modules specified to be loaded on a particular Druid node type. Useful when some useful extension contains some module, which shouldn't be loaded on some Druid node type because some dependencies of that module couldn't be satisfied. []


We recommend just setting the base ZK path and the ZK service host, but all ZK paths that Druid uses can be overwritten to absolute paths.

Property Description Default
druid.zk.paths.base Base Zookeeper path. /druid The ZooKeeper hosts to connect to. This is a REQUIRED property and therefore a host address must be supplied. none

Zookeeper Behavior

Property Description Default
druid.zk.service.sessionTimeoutMs ZooKeeper session timeout, in milliseconds. 30000
druid.zk.service.compress Boolean flag for whether or not created Znodes should be compressed. true
druid.zk.service.acl Boolean flag for whether or not to enable ACL security for ZooKeeper. If ACL is enabled, zNode creators will have all permissions. false

Path Configuration

Druid interacts with ZK through a set of standard path configurations. We recommend just setting the base ZK path, but all ZK paths that Druid uses can be overwritten to absolute paths.

Property Description Default
druid.zk.paths.base Base Zookeeper path. /druid
druid.zk.paths.propertiesPath Zookeeper properties path. ${druid.zk.paths.base}/properties
druid.zk.paths.announcementsPath Druid node announcement path. ${druid.zk.paths.base}/announcements
druid.zk.paths.liveSegmentsPath Current path for where Druid nodes announce their segments. ${druid.zk.paths.base}/segments
druid.zk.paths.loadQueuePath Entries here cause historical nodes to load and drop segments. ${druid.zk.paths.base}/loadQueue
druid.zk.paths.coordinatorPath Used by the coordinator for leader election. ${druid.zk.paths.base}/coordinator
druid.zk.paths.servedSegmentsPath @Deprecated. Legacy path for where Druid nodes announce their segments. ${druid.zk.paths.base}/servedSegments

The indexing service also uses its own set of paths. These configs can be included in the common configuration.

Property Description Default
druid.zk.paths.indexer.base Base zookeeper path for ${druid.zk.paths.base}/indexer
druid.zk.paths.indexer.announcementsPath Middle managers announce themselves here. ${druid.zk.paths.indexer.base}/announcements
druid.zk.paths.indexer.tasksPath Used to assign tasks to middle managers. ${druid.zk.paths.indexer.base}/tasks
druid.zk.paths.indexer.statusPath Parent path for announcement of task statuses. ${druid.zk.paths.indexer.base}/status

If druid.zk.paths.base and druid.zk.paths.indexer.base are both set, and none of the other druid.zk.paths.* or druid.zk.paths.indexer.* values are set, then the other properties will be evaluated relative to their respective base. For example, if druid.zk.paths.base is set to /druid1 and druid.zk.paths.indexer.base is set to /druid2 then druid.zk.paths.announcementsPath will default to /druid1/announcements while druid.zk.paths.indexer.announcementsPath will default to /druid2/announcements.

The following path is used for service discovery. It is not affected by druid.zk.paths.base and must be specified separately.

Property Description Default
druid.discovery.curator.path Services announce themselves under this ZooKeeper path. /druid/discovery


Exhibitor is a supervisor system for ZooKeeper. Exhibitor can dynamically scale-up/down the cluster of ZooKeeper servers. Druid can update self-owned list of ZooKeeper servers through Exhibitor without restarting. That is, it allows Druid to keep the connections of Exhibitor-supervised ZooKeeper servers.

Property Description Default
druid.exhibitor.service.hosts A JSON array which contains the hostnames of Exhibitor instances. Please specify this property if you want to use Exhibitor-supervised cluster. none
druid.exhibitor.service.port The REST port used to connect to Exhibitor. 8080
druid.exhibitor.service.restUriPath The path of the REST call used to get the server set. /exhibitor/v1/cluster/list
druid.exhibitor.service.useSsl Boolean flag for whether or not to use https protocol. false
druid.exhibitor.service.pollingMs How ofter to poll the exhibitors for the list 10000

Note that is used as a backup in case an Exhibitor instance can't be contacted and therefore should still be set.

Startup Logging

All nodes can log debugging information on startup.

Property Description Default
druid.startup.logging.logProperties Log all properties on startup (from,, and the JVM command line). false
druid.startup.logging.maskProperties Masks sensitive properties (passwords, for example) containing theses words. ["password"]

Note that some sensitive information may be logged if these settings are enabled.

Request Logging

All nodes that can serve queries can also log the query requests they see.

Property Description Default
druid.request.logging.type Choices: noop, file, emitter, slf4j, filtered, composing. How to log every query request. noop

Note that, you can enable sending all the HTTP requests to log by setting "io.druid.jetty.RequestLog" to DEBUG level. See Logging

File Request Logging

Daily request logs are stored on disk.

Property Description Default
druid.request.logging.dir Historical, Realtime and Broker nodes maintain request logs of all of the requests they get (interacton is via POST, so normal request logs don’t generally capture information about the actual query), this specifies the directory to store the request logs in none

Emitter Request Logging

Every request is emitted to some external location.

Property Description Default
druid.request.logging.feed Feed name for requests. none

SLF4J Request Logging

Every request is logged via SLF4J. Queries are serialized into JSON in the log message regardless of the SJF4J format specification. They will be logged under the class io.druid.server.log.LoggingRequestLogger.

Property Description Default
druid.request.logging.setMDC If MDC entries should be set in the log entry. Your logging setup still has to be configured to handle MDC to format this data false
druid.request.logging.setContextMDC If the druid query context should be added to the MDC entries. Has no effect unless setMDC is true false

MDC fields populated with setMDC:

MDC field Description
queryId The query ID
dataSource The datasource the query was against
queryType The type of the query
hasFilters If the query has any filters
remoteAddr The remote address of the requesting client
duration The duration of the query interval
resultOrdering The ordering of results
descending If the query is a descending query

Filtered Request Logging

Filtered Request Logger filters requests based on a configurable query/time threshold. Only request logs where query/time is above the threshold are emitted.

Property Description Default
druid.request.logging.queryTimeThresholdMs Threshold value for query/time in milliseconds. 0 i.e no filtering
druid.request.logging.delegate Delegate request logger to log requests. none

Composite Request Logging

Composite Request Logger emits request logs to multiple request loggers.

Property Description Default
druid.request.logging.loggerProviders List of request loggers for emitting request logs. none

Enabling Metrics

Druid nodes periodically emit metrics and different metrics monitors can be included. Each node can overwrite the default list of monitors.

Property Description Default
druid.monitoring.emissionPeriod How often metrics are emitted. PT1m
druid.monitoring.monitors Sets list of Druid monitors used by a node. See below for names and more information. For example, you can specify monitors for a Broker with druid.monitoring.monitors=["com.metamx.metrics.SysMonitor","com.metamx.metrics.JvmMonitor"]. none (no monitors)

The following monitors are available:

Name Description
io.druid.client.cache.CacheMonitor Emits metrics (to logs) about the segment results cache for Historical and Broker nodes. Reports typical cache statistics include hits, misses, rates, and size (bytes and number of entries), as well as timeouts and and errors.
com.metamx.metrics.SysMonitor This uses the SIGAR library to report on various system activities and statuses.
io.druid.server.metrics.HistoricalMetricsMonitor Reports statistics on Historical nodes.
com.metamx.metrics.JvmMonitor Reports various JVM-related statistics.
com.metamx.metrics.JvmCpuMonitor Reports statistics of CPU consumption by the JVM.
com.metamx.metrics.CpuAcctDeltaMonitor Reports consumed CPU as per the cpuacct cgroup.
com.metamx.metrics.JvmThreadsMonitor Reports Thread statistics in the JVM, like numbers of total, daemon, started, died threads.
io.druid.segment.realtime.RealtimeMetricsMonitor Reports statistics on Realtime nodes.
io.druid.server.metrics.EventReceiverFirehoseMonitor Reports how many events have been queued in the EventReceiverFirehose.
io.druid.server.metrics.QueryCountStatsMonitor Reports how many queries have been successful/failed/interrupted.
io.druid.server.emitter.HttpEmitterMonitor Reports internal metrics of http or parametrized emitter (see below). Must not be used with another emitter type. See the description of the metrics here:

Emitting Metrics

The Druid servers emit various metrics and alerts via something we call an Emitter. There are three emitter implementations included with the code, a "noop" emitter, one that just logs to log4j ("logging", which is used by default if no emitter is specified) and one that does POSTs of JSON events to a server ("http"). The properties for using the logging emitter are described below.

Property Description Default
druid.emitter Setting this value to "noop", "logging", "http" or "parametrized" will initialize one of the emitter modules. value "composing" can be used to initialize multiple emitter modules. noop

Logging Emitter Module

Property Description Default
druid.emitter.logging.loggerClass Choices: HttpPostEmitter, LoggingEmitter, NoopServiceEmitter, ServiceEmitter. The class used for logging. LoggingEmitter
druid.emitter.logging.logLevel Choices: debug, info, warn, error. The log level at which message are logged. info

Http Emitter Module

Property Description Default
druid.emitter.http.flushMillis How often the internal message buffer is flushed (data is sent). 60000
druid.emitter.http.flushCount How many messages the internal message buffer can hold before flushing (sending). 500
druid.emitter.http.basicAuthentication Login and password for authentification in "login:password" form, e. g. druid.emitter.http.basicAuthentication=admin:adminpassword not specified = no authentification
`druid.emitter.http.flushTimeOut The timeout after which an event should be sent to the endpoint, even if internal buffers are not filled, in milliseconds. not specified = no timeout
druid.emitter.http.batchingStrategy The strategy of how the batch is formatted. "ARRAY" means [event1,event2], "NEWLINES" means event1\nevent2, ONLY_EVENTS means event1event2. ARRAY
druid.emitter.http.maxBatchSize The maximum batch size, in bytes. 5191680 (i. e. 5 MB)
druid.emitter.http.batchQueueSizeLimit The maximum number of batches in emitter queue, if there are problems with emitting. 50
druid.emitter.http.minHttpTimeoutMillis If the speed of filling batches imposes timeout smaller than that, not even trying to send batch to endpoint, because it will likely fail, not being able to send the data that fast. Configure this depending based on emitter/successfulSending/minTimeMs metric. Reasonable values are 10ms..100ms. 0
druid.emitter.http.recipientBaseUrl The base URL to emit messages to. Druid will POST JSON to be consumed at the HTTP endpoint specified by this property. none, required config

Parametrized Http Emitter Module

druid.emitter.parametrized.httpEmitting.* configs correspond to the configs of Http Emitter Modules, see above. Except recipientBaseUrl. E. g. druid.emitter.parametrized.httpEmitting.flushMillis, druid.emitter.parametrized.httpEmitting.flushCount, etc.

The additional configs are:

Property Description Default
druid.emitter.parametrized.recipientBaseUrlPattern The URL pattern to send an event to, based on the event's feed. E. g.{feed}, that will send event to if the event's feed is "metrics". none, required config

Composing Emitter Module

Property Description Default
druid.emitter.composing.emitters List of emitter modules to load e.g. ["logging","http"]. []

Graphite Emitter

To use graphite as emitter set druid.emitter=graphite. For configuration details please follow this link.

Metadata Storage

These properties specify the jdbc connection and other configuration around the metadata storage. The only processes that connect to the metadata storage with these properties are the Coordinator, Indexing service and Realtime Nodes.

Property Description Default The type of metadata storage to use. Choose from "mysql", "postgresql", or "derby". derby The jdbc uri for the database to connect to none The username to connect with. none The Password Provider or String password used to connect with. none If Druid requires a table and it doesn't exist, create it? true The base name for tables. druid The table to use to look for segments. druid_segments The table to use to look for segment load/drop rules. druid_rules The table to use to look for configs. druid_config Used by the indexing service to store tasks. druid_tasks Used by the indexing service to store task logs. druid_taskLog Used by the indexing service to store task locks. druid_taskLock Used by the indexing service to store supervisor configurations. druid_supervisors The table to use for audit history of configuration changes e.g. Coordinator rules. druid_audit

Deep Storage

The configurations concern how to push and pull Segments from deep storage.

Property Description Default Choices:local, noop, s3, hdfs, c*. The type of deep storage to use. local

Local Deep Storage

Local deep storage uses the local filesystem.

Property Description Default Directory on disk to use as deep storage. /tmp/druid/localStorage

Noop Deep Storage

This deep storage doesn't do anything. There are no configs.

S3 Deep Storage

This deep storage is used to interface with Amazon's S3.

Property Description Default
druid.s3.accessKey The access key to use to access S3. none
druid.s3.secretKey The secret key to use to access S3. none S3 bucket name. none S3 object key prefix for storage. none Boolean flag for ACL. false S3 bucket name for archiving when running the indexing-service archive task. none S3 object key prefix for archiving. none

HDFS Deep Storage

This deep storage is used to interface with HDFS.

Property Description Default HDFS directory to use as deep storage. none

Cassandra Deep Storage

This deep storage is used to interface with Cassandra.

Property Description Default Cassandra host. none Cassandra key space. none


You can enable caching of results at the broker, historical, or realtime level using following configurations.

Property Possible Values Description Default
druid.cache.type local, memcached The type of cache to use for queries. local
druid.(broker|historical|realtime).cache.unCacheable All druid query types All query types to not cache. ["groupBy", "select"]
druid.(broker|historical|realtime).cache.useCache true, false Whether to use cache for getting query results. false
druid.(broker|historical|realtime).cache.populateCache true, false Whether to populate cache. false

Local Cache

Property Description Default
druid.cache.sizeInBytes Maximum cache size in bytes. You must set this if you enabled populateCache/useCache, or else cache size of zero wouldn't really cache anything. 0
druid.cache.initialSize Initial size of the hashtable backing the cache. 500000
druid.cache.logEvictionCount If non-zero, log cache eviction every logEvictionCount items. 0


Property Description Default
druid.cache.expiration Memcached expiration time. 2592000 (30 days)
druid.cache.timeout Maximum time in milliseconds to wait for a response from Memcached. 500
druid.cache.hosts Comma separated list of Memcached hosts <host:port>. none
druid.cache.maxObjectSize Maximum object size in bytes for a Memcached object. 52428800 (50 MB)
druid.cache.memcachedPrefix Key prefix for all keys in Memcached. druid

Indexing Service Discovery

This config is used to find the Indexing Service using Curator service discovery. Only required if you are actually running an indexing service.

Property Description Default
druid.selectors.indexing.serviceName The druid.service name of the indexing service Overlord node. To start the Overlord with a different name, set it with this property. druid/overlord

Coordinator Discovery

This config is used to find the Coordinator using Curator service discovery. This config is used by the realtime indexing nodes to get information about the segments loaded in the cluster.

Property Description Default
druid.selectors.coordinator.serviceName The druid.service name of the coordinator node. To start the Coordinator with a different name, set it with this property. druid/coordinator

Announcing Segments

You can configure how to announce and unannounce Znodes in ZooKeeper (using Curator). For normal operations you do not need to override any of these configs.

Batch Data Segment Announcer

In current Druid, multiple data segments may be announced under the same Znode.

Property Description Default
druid.announcer.segmentsPerNode Each Znode contains info for up to this many segments. 50
druid.announcer.maxBytesPerNode Max byte size for Znode. 524288
druid.announcer.skipDimensionsAndMetrics Skip Dimensions and Metrics list from segment announcements. NOTE: Enabling this will also remove the dimensions and metrics list from coordinator and broker endpoints. false
druid.announcer.skipLoadSpec Skip segment LoadSpec from segment announcements. NOTE: Enabling this will also remove the loadspec from coordinator and broker endpoints. false


Druid supports dynamic runtime extension through JavaScript functions. This functionality can be configured through the following properties.

Property Description Default
druid.javascript.enabled Set to "true" to enable JavaScript functionality. This affects the JavaScript parser, filter, extractionFn, aggregator, post-aggregator, router strategy, and worker selection strategy. false
JavaScript-based functionality is disabled by default. Please refer to the Druid JavaScript programming guide for guidelines about using Druid's JavaScript functionality, including instructions on how to enable it.

Double Column storage

Druid's storage layer uses a 32-bit float representation to store columns created by the doubleSum, doubleMin, and doubleMax aggregators at indexing time. To instead use 64-bit floats for these columns, please set the system-wide property druid.indexing.doubleStorage=double. This will become the default behavior in a future version of Druid.

Property Description Default
druid.indexing.doubleStorage Set to "double" to use 64-bit double representation for double columns. float