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couchdb (24) Versions 2.5.1

Installs CouchDB 2.0 from package or source

cookbook 'couchdb', '= 2.5.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'couchdb', '= 2.5.1'
knife supermarket install couchdb
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Installs and configures CouchDB. Optionally can install CouchDB from sources.


Requires a platform that can install Erlang from distribution packages.


Originally tested on Debian 5+, Ubuntu 8.10+, OpenBSD and FreeBSD.

Also works on Red Hat, CentOS and Fedora, requires the EPEL yum repository.

Tested via Test Kitchen (1.0-alpha):

  • Ubuntu 10.04, 12.04
  • CentOS 5.8, 6.3


  • erlang

When using the couchdb::source recipe, the build-essential recipe
is required. It is not a direct dependency of this cookbook as it is
an optional installation method, and package installation is


Cookbook attributes are named under the couch_db keyspace.

  • node['couch_db']['src_checksum'] - sha256sum of the default version of couchdb to download
  • node['couch_db']['src_version'] - default version of couchdb to download, used in the full URL to download.
  • node['couch_db']['src_mirror'] - full URL to download.
  • node['couch_db']['install_erlang'] - specify if erlang should be installed prior to couchdb, true by default.


The local.ini file is dynamically generated from attributes. Each key in
node['couch_db']['config'] is a CouchDB configuration directive, and will
be rendered in the config file. For example, the attribute:

node['couch_db']['config']['httpd']['bind_address'] = ""

Will result in the following lines in the local.ini file:

bind_address = ""

The attributes file contains default values for platform-independent
parameters. All parameter values that expect a path argument are
not set by default. The default values that are currently set have
been taken from the CouchDB configuration
wiki page.

The resulting configuration file is now dynamically rendered from the
attributes. Each subkey below the config key is a specific section
of the local.ini file. Then each subkey in a section is a parameter
associated with a value.

You should consult the CouchDB documentation for specific
configuration details.

For values that are "on" or "off", they should be specified as literal
true or false. Any configuration option set to the literal nil will
be skipped entirely. All other values (e.g., string, numeric literals) will
be used as is. So for example:

node.default['couch_db']['config']['couchdb']['os_process_timeout'] = 5000
node.default['couch_db']['config']['couchdb']['delayed_commits'] = true
node.default['couch_db']['config']['couchdb']['batch_save_interval'] = nil
node.default['couch_db']['config']['httpd']['port'] = 5984
node.default['couch_db']['config']['httpd']['bind_address'] = ""

Will result in the following config lines:

os_process_timeout = 5000
delayed_commits = true

port = 5984
bind_address =

(no line printed for batch_save_interval as it is nil)


Here the list of attributes that are already provided by the recipe
and their associated default value.

Section [couchdb]

  • node['couch_db']['config]['couchdb']['max_document_size'] - Maximum size of a document in bytes, defaults to 4294967296 (4 GB).
  • node['couch_db']['config]['couchdb']['max_attachment_chunk_size'] - Maximum chunk size of an attachment in bytes, defaults to 4294967296 (4 GB).
  • node['couch_db']['config]['couchdb']['os_process_timeout'] - OS process timeout for view and external servers in milliseconds, defaults to 5000 (5 seconds).
  • node['couch_db']['config]['couchdb']['max_dbs_open'] - Upper bound limit on the number of databases that can be open at one time, defaults to 100.
  • node['couch_db']['config]['couchdb']['delayed_commits'] - Determines if commits should be delayed, defaults to true.
  • node['couch_db']['config]['couchdb']['batch_save_size'] - Number of document at which to save a batch, defaults to 1000.
  • node['couch_db']['config]['couchdb']['batch_save_interval'] - Interval after which to save batches in milliseconds, default to 1000 (1 second).

Section [httpd]

  • node['couch_db']['config']['httpd']['port'] - Port CouchDB should bind to, defaults to 5984.
  • node['couch_db']['config']['httpd']['bind_address'] - IP address CouchDB should bind to, defaults to

Section [log]

  • node['couch_db']['config']['log']['level'] - CouchDB's log level, defaults to info.



Installs the couchdb package, creates the data directory and starts the couchdb service.


Downloads the CouchDB source from the Apache project site, plus development dependencies. Then builds the binaries for installation, creates a user and directories, then sets up the couchdb service. Uses the init script provided in the cookbook.

License and Author

Copyright 2009-2014, Opscode, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

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