basexserver(1) XML database system and XPath/XQuery processor (server mode)


basexserver [-cdinpSz] [stop]


basexserver starts the server mode of the native XML database system basex(1) on default port 1984.


A short description of option can be obtained from

    $ basexserver -h
or by browsing


On first startup a user 'admin' with default password 'admin' exists (make sure to change this)!

Admin permissions are needed to execute one of the following processes.

  • Creating user 'test' with password 'test':

   > CREATE USER test test
As global permissions valid options are 'none', 'read', 'write', 'create' and 'admin'.
  • Revoking all global permissions from user 'test':

   > GRANT none TO test
Valid local permissions are 'none', 'read' and 'write'.
  • Granting write permission on database 'factbook' to user 'test':

    > GRANT write ON factbook TO test
Note: Local permissions overwrite global permissions. As a consequence, the 'test' user will only be allowed to access (i.e., read and write) the 'factbook' database. If no local permissions are set, the global rights are inherited.
  • Showing global permissions:

  • Showing local permissions on database 'factbook':

   > SHOW USERS ON factbook
  • Dropping of user 'test':

   > DROP USER test
Further details on user management are to be found in the BaseX Documentation Wiki (


A list of supported Database commands can be obtained from

    $ basexserver -ic help
or by browsing


BaseX started as a research project of the Database and Information Systems Group (DBIS) at the University of Konstanz in 2005 and soon turned into a feature-rich open source XML database and XPath/XQuery processor.


New (3-clause) BSD License


BaseX is developed by a bunch of people called 'The BaseX Team' <> led by Christian Gruen <[email protected]>.

The man page was written by Alexander Holupirek <[email protected]> while packaging BaseX for Debian GNU/Linux.