Access InfluxDB from remote client?


Hello! I am wondering if there is a way to access the influxDB from a remote client with authentication using HTTP or python interface? Just like the way access other database like MySQL from remote clients. Thank you very much!


Using HTTP and authentication you can access Influx with something like this:

curl -G -u user:password --data-urlencode "q=SHOW DATABASES"

You will need to make sure that your influxdb.conf enables these three values below, auth-enabled is false by default:

  # Determines whether HTTP endpoint is enabled.
  # enabled = true

  # The bind address used by the HTTP service.
  # bind-address = ":8086"

  # Determines whether user authentication is enabled over HTTP/HTTPS.
  auth-enabled = true

The credentials will need to have the correct access rights for the db they are querying, or be admin.

Or you can use chronograf as a graphical data explorer from any remote client that can hit the InfluxDB endpoint.

See these resources for more:

Influx Guide to Querying Data

Chronograf Documentation

While I am not personally familiar with it, other devs I know use this python client:

Python client for InfluxDB


Hi, I have the same problem. I have set the user name and password by executing
curl http://localhost:8086/query -u user:password --data-urlencode “q=SHOW DATABASES”. So I can manage user in chronograf now.

But do you know how to make the database remotely accessible? Do I need to make port 8086 open? I cannot simply change the localhost to the public IP. When use Chronograf on another computer, what should I put in connection string if I want to access my database? Thanks!


To access Influx remotely port 8086 must be open, and you have to have a resolvable IP address or hostname from the remote device: or

If you are using https, replace as necessary. The documentation is pretty good for this.

Influx API

Chronograf Getting Started


Thanks! I have deployed InfluxDB in local host , set authentication and authorization. I want let user access the database through public ip:8086, and operate database as in local host. I followed tutorial to open the port 8086, but I am not sure if it is opened actually. Could you help me? Thanks!


you can use chronograf, its not as simple as the CLI but you can access all the data and do some queries, its the best manager GUI for influxDB.