Getting Started: Introduction

This introduction guides the reader through the first steps of using Axibase Time Series Database (ATSD).


  • Log in to your ATSD instance at https://atsd_hostname:8443/.


As part of this tutorial, insert and analyze temperature measurements collected from a hypothetical bioreactor such as a Parr Fixed Head Reactor pictured below.

In a real world situation, such measurements are continuously gathered by specialized controllers as part of a factory-wide SCADA system.

To differentiate this particular equipment from other factory assets, the article refers to the reactor using the identifier in the asset management system:


Insert Data

The database has various interfaces for writing data, including API clients, CSV parsers, REST API endpoints etc., however the easiest way to insert data manually is to submit it on the Data Entry form located under the Data tab in the main menu.

Open the Series tab.

Enter br-1905 into the Entity field. As a universal database, ATSD uses entity as a generic term to refer to the monitored object. In this particular case, entity means Device.

Enter temperature as the metric name.

Enter a number into the Time/Value field and click Send. Do not enter a value for time, the database sets the value as the current time when Time field is left blank.

In a real manufacturing process, the temperature is typically measured both for the equipment itself, as outer or jacket temperature, as well as for the chemical compound inside the reactor which may be called product temperature.

A sample product temperature chart may look as follows:

Continue entering numbers into the Value field and clicking Send, for example 20, 22, 30, 22. These records are now stored in the database as a series containing multiple time:value observations.

View Statistics

Click Statistics icon to view summary information about the series.

Insert Initial Data

To populate the database with some initial temperature readings, open the Commands tab and submit the following commands created using loops.

<#list 1..20 as i>
series s:${(nowSeconds - i * 600)?c} e:br-1905 m:temperature=${(60 - 2*i)?c}

Graph Data

Click on the chart icon to view the default chart for the current temperature series.

Alternatively, enter https://atsd_hostname:8443/portals/series?entity=br-1905&metric=temperature in the address bar to view the portal.

The portal contains a time chart displaying average values for the last 24 hours.

In the upper right corner switch to detail data type to view the detailed values inserted in the previous step.

Click all in the timespan control to view all data or use the mouse wheel to zoom and pan the time axis to a shorter time interval.

Spend a moment getting to know the time chart controls.

The default portal consists of a single time chart for one series. You can create portals with a custom layout and any number of widgets.

Add Metadata

Describe Equipment

At this stage, you have collected temperature observations from the chemical reactor br-1905. The measurements are stored in the database as a series object comprising a sequence of time:value samples which can be analyzed and graphed.

Date Value
2018-06-01T13:23:25Z 20
2018-06-01T13:23:59Z 22
2018-06-01T13:24:16Z 30
2018-06-01T13:24:24Z 22

To better organize the data, classify the br-1905 entity and clarify what kind of temperature it collected.

Open Entities tab in the main menu and search for br-1905. The search box supports wildcards and partial matching.

Open the entity editor which allows you to describe entities using custom tags that are specific for the given domain (industry).

Set Label to BR-1905, time zone to US/Pacific and set some custom tags:

type = bioreactor
model = 4520-1
manufacturer = Parr Instruments
reference_url =
site = SVL
building = A

Entity tags provide an extensible mechanism to make a universal database specific to the current domain.

Pro Tip. Once the tags are defined, click Create Tag Template to save the current tags into a template that can be assigned to entities sharing the same tags.

Describe Metric

Open Metrics tab in the main menu and search for temperature. The search box supports wildcards and partial matching.

The metric editor provides more built-in fields compared to entities because the concept of metric is shared by many domains and fields such as units, value range, precision, seasonality, etc. are commonly required.

Set Label to Temperature and set fields as follows:

units = Celsius
min_value = 0
max_value = 1000

Refresh the Series Statistics page which now displays relevant metric and entity metadata.


Continue to Part 2: Insert Data.