Differences Between InfluxDB 0.13 and 0.12

This is archived documentation for InfluxData product versions that are no longer maintained. For newer documentation, see the latest InfluxData documentation.

This page aims to ease the transition from InfluxDB 0.12 to InfluxDB 0.13. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the differences between the versions. See InfluxDB’s Changelog for detailed release notes.


collectd and OpenTSDB support multiple listeners

InfluxDB 0.13 supports multiple listeners for the collectd and OpenTSDB inputs. Because of changes to the configuration file (the headers [collectd] and [opentsdb] are now [[collectd]] and [[opentsdb]]), we recommend that users export a default configuration file and manually migrate customizations into it before launching version 0.13.

See Database Configuration for the collectd and OpenTSDB settings.

Deprecated /query endpoint request behavior

Starting with InfluxDB 0.13, all queries sent to the /query endpoint that are not SELECT or SHOW queries should be POST requests to the /query endpoint. non-SELECT and non-SHOW queries will continue to work with GET requests to the /query endpoint but this behavior is deprecated in version 0.13 and will no longer work in version 1.0.

DELETE functionality

InfluxDB 0.13 introduces the DELETE query. The query deletes all points from series in a database. Unlike DROP SERIES , it does not drop series from the index and it supports time intervals in the WHERE clause.

The query takes the following form where you must specify either the FROM clause or the WHERE clause:

DELETE FROM <measurement_name> WHERE [<tag_key>='<tag_value>'] | [<time interval>]

See Database Management for more on the DELETE syntax and sample queries.

Configure GROUP BY time() interval boundaries

With InfluxDB 0.13, users can alter GROUP BY time()’s default rounded calendar time boundaries by including an offset interval. The new syntax is:

SELECT [...] GROUP BY time(<time_interval>[,<offset_interval>])

For an in-depth discussion of the offset_interval, see the discussion in Data Exploration.

Configuration file environment variable

With InfluxDB 0.13, users can set the environment variable INFLUXDB_CONFIG_PATH to the path of their configuration file.

For more information see Using Configuration Files.

New query management features

Version 0.13 offers a new configuration setting for query management. The setting log-queries-after tells InfluxDB to log a query if the query runs longer than a given time period.

See the Query Management page for more information.

New functions

InfluxDB 0.13 provides one new InfluxQL function. ELAPSED() returns the difference between subsequent timestamps in a single field. See Functions for the syntax and sample queries.

InfluxDB 0.13 also updates the behavior of selector functions to return the relevant timestamp:


> SELECT FIRST(water_level) FROM h2o_feet

0.12 return format:                                                    0.13 return format:

name: h2o_feet                              name: h2o_feet
--------------                              --------------
time			               first                 time			               first
1970-01-01T00:00:00Z	 8.12                  2015-08-18T00:00:00Z	 8.12