How to build Riak TS (Time Series Database) from Source

To build riak ts we need some basic build tools installed, like compilers and tools.

On ubuntu/debian an derivatives:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf git libncurses5-dev libssl-dev libpam0g-dev

On RHEL, Centos, Oracle Linux and derivatives:

sudo yum update -y
sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools" -y
sudo yum install openssl-devel ncurses-devel git autoconf pam-devel -y

A quick description of each so you can map to your OS:

  • build-essential: a group of tools to build stuff (duh!)
  • autoconf: needed to build basho's erlang OTP version
  • git: to fetch repos
  • libcurses and libssl: to have curses and ssl support on erlang
  • libpam0g-dev: required to compile a riak module (canola)
    • not sure about the RHEL equivalent, try pam-devel

Now clone the riak repo:

git clone
cd riak

Checkout the Riak TS tag:

git checkout riak_ts-1.3.0

Download and install kerl to build the correct erlang OTP version:

mkdir -p ~/bin
wget -O ~/bin/kerl
chmod u+x ~/bin/kerl
export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin

Build OTP_R16B02_basho10 erlang version (notice that this won't interfere with your local erlang installation, see kerl readme for details):

kerl build git git:// OTP_R16B02_basho10 R16B02-basho10
mkdir -p ~/soft/erlang-releases/R16B02-basho10
kerl install R16B02-basho10 ~/soft/erlang-releases/R16B02-basho10
. ~/soft/erlang-releases/R16B02-basho10/activate
export PATH=$HOME/soft/erlang-releases/R16B02-basho10/bin:$PATH

Now build Riak TS:

make locked-deps
make rel

And run it:

cd rel/riak
./bin/riak console


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