Kitematic tutorial: Create a local RethinkDB database for development
Estimated reading time: 1 minute
Legacy desktop solution. Kitematic is a legacy solution, bundled with Docker Toolbox. We recommend updating to Docker for Mac or Docker for Windows if your system meets the requirements for one of those applications.
In this tutorial, you will:
- Create a RethinkDB Container for Development
- (Advanced) Clone a small Node.js application and write data into RethinkDB.
Set up RethinkDB in Kitematic
First, if you haven’t yet done so, download and start Kitematic. Once open, the app should look like this:
Click on the Create button of the
rethinkdb image listing in the recommended
list as shown above. This will download & run a RethinkDB container within a few
minutes. Once it’s done, you’ll have a local RethinkDB database up and running.
Let’s start using it to develop a node.js app. For now, let’s figure out which
IP address and port RethinkDB is listening on. To find out, click the
tab and then the
You can see there that for RethinkDB port
28015, the container is listening on
localhost and port
32783 (in this example - ports may be different
for you). This means you can now reach RethinkDB via a client driver at
127.0.0.1:32783. Again, this IP address may be different for you.
(Advanced) Save Data into RethinkDB with a local Node.js App
Now, you’ll create the RethinkDB example chat application running on your local macOS system to test drive your new containerized database.
First, if you don’t have it yet, download and install Node.js.
Note: This example needs Xcode installed. We’ll replace it with something with fewer dependencies soon.
In your terminal, type:
$ export RDB_HOST=127.0.0.1 # replace with IP from above step $ export RDB_PORT=32783 # replace with Port from above step $ git clone https://github.com/rethinkdb/rethinkdb-example-nodejs-chat $ cd rethinkdb-example-nodejs-chat $ npm install $ npm start
Now, point your browser to
http://localhost:8000. Congratulations, you’ve
successfully used a RethinkDB container in Kitematic to build a real-time chat
app. Happy coding!
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