InfluxDB Concepts

This is archived documentation for InfluxData product versions that are no longer maintained.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

Understanding the following concepts will help you get the most out of InfluxDB.

Key Concepts

A brief explanation of InfluxDB’s core architecture useful for new beginners.

Glossary of Terms

A list of InfluxDB terms and their definitions.

Comparison to SQL

Design Insights and Tradeoffs

A brief treatment of some of the performance tradeoffs made during the design phase of InfluxDB

Schema and Data Layout

A useful overview of the InfluxDB time series data structure and how it affects performance.

Storage Engine

A overview of how InfluxDB to stores data on disk.