xDB Collection database

Current version: 9.0

The xDB Collection database stores analytics data, including contacts and interactions. Refer to the xConnect and xDB documentation for more information about using the xConnect Client API to read, write, and search contacts and interactions.

The xDB Collection database consists of a Shard Map Manager and two shards. For more information about configuring the xDB Collection database shards, see Scaling and configuring the xDB Collection database.

Supported infrastructure

You can host the xDB Collection database on:

  • SQL Server

  • SQL Azure

  • MongoDB (Sitecore 9.0 Update 2 and later)

Refer to the Sitecore compatibility table for compatible versions.

Reference structure

The xDB Collection database has its place in the Sitecore reference structure. It can be referenced by other roles, and it can also reference other roles.

Illustration showing the xDB Collection database's place in the Sitecore reference structure.

Referenced by

The xDB Collection database is referenced by the following roles:


The xDB Collection database does not reference other roles.

Privacy and security

The xDB Collection database handles personal data in the following ways:

  • Stores all contact and interaction data, including identifiers and facets.

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