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Developing Applications on TigerBeetle

TigerBeetle is a domain-specific, Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) database. It has a fixed schema consisting of Accounts and Transfers. In return for this prescriptive design, it provides excellent performance, integrated business logic, and powerful invariants.

To help you get started building on TigerBeetle, here is a quick overview of the most important concepts:

Data Model Overview

  • Accounts track balances for users or other entities.
  • Transfers move funds between Accounts.
  • Account balances and transfer amounts are represented as debits and credits. Double-entry bookkeeping ensures your accounting maintains consistency.
  • Accounts are partitioned into Ledgers, which may represent different currencies, assets, liabilities, etc. or they may be used to support multitenancy. Only accounts on the same ledger can transact directly, but you can use atomically linked transfers to implement cross-currency transactions.
  • TigerBeetle has first-class support for two-phase transfers, which can hold funds in a pending state and can be used to synchronize transfers with external systems.

TigerBeetle in Your System Architecture

TigerBeetle is an Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) database built for safety and performance.

It is not a general purpose database like PostgreSQL or MySQL. Instead, TigerBeetle works alongside your general purpose database and should be used to handle the hot path of transaction processing.

For more information relevant to integrating TigerBeetle into your system, take a look at the following pages:

Advanced Recipes

Depending on your use case, you may find these additional design patterns helpful:

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