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Apache CouchDB INSTALL.Windows
For a high-level guide to Microsoft Windows.
Due to the complexity of building CouchDB on the Windows platform,
full build documentation and all necessary support files are in
the couchdb-glazier repository.
Be sure to find the branch that matches the release you are building, for
example `couchdb_2.0`.
There is a troubleshooting guide:
There is a wiki for general documentation:
And some Windows-specific tips:
There are collection of friendly mailing lists:
Please work through these in order if you experience any problems.
Build & Test
Once all dependencies are built and installed per the documentation in
couchdb-glazier, these commands will configure and build CouchDB:
You will need the following installed:
* Erlang OTP (>=R16B03-1, =<18.1) (
* ICU (>=4.*) (
* OpenSSL (>=0.9.8r) (
* Mozilla SpiderMonkey (=1.8.5) (
* libcurl (>=7.20) (
* Cygwin (
* Microsoft SDK 7.0 or 7.1 (
* Python (>= 2.68) for docs (
* Python Sphinx (>=1.1.3) (
General Notes
* When installing Cygwin, be sure to select all the `development` tools.
* When installing Erlang, you must build it from source.
* The CouchDB build requires a number of the Erlang build scripts.
* All dependent libraries should be built with the same version of
microsoft SDK.
* Do not try to link against libraries built with, or included in,
Cygwin or MingW. They are not compatible with the Erlang/OTP or CouchDB
build scripts.
* ICU version 4.6 and later will build cleanly using MSBuild.
* Python and Sphinx are optional for building the online documentation.
Use cygwin-provided Python and install Sphinx via easy_install or pip.
Further information is here
Setting Up Cygwin
Before starting any Cygwin terminals, run:
set CYGWIN=nontsec
To set up your environment, run:
Replace [VS_BIN] with the path to your Visual Studio `bin` directory.
You must check that:
* The `which link` command points to the Microsoft linker.
* The `which cl` command points to the Microsoft compiler.
* The `which mc` command points to the Microsoft message compiler.
* The `which mt` command points to the Microsoft manifest tool.
* The `which nmake` command points to the Microsoft make tool.
If you do not do this, the build may fail due to Cygwin ones found in `/usr/bin`
being used instead.
Building Erlang
You must include Win32 OpenSSL, built statically from source. Use
exactly the same version as required by the Erlang/OTP build process.
However, you can skip the GUI tools by running:
echo "skipping gs" > lib/gs/SKIP
echo "skipping ic" > lib/ic/SKIP
echo "skipping jinterface" > lib/jinterface/SKIP
Follow the rest of the Erlang instructions as described.
After running:
./otp_build release -a
You should run:
./release/win32/Install.exe -s
This will set up the release/win32/bin directory correctly. The CouchDB
installation scripts currently write their data directly into this
To set up your environment for building CouchDB, run:
eval `./otp_build env_win32`
To set up the `ERL_TOP` environment variable, run:
export ERL_TOP=[ERL_TOP]
Replace `[ERL_TOP]` with the Erlang source directory name.
Remember to use `/cygdrive/c/` instead of `c:/` as the directory prefix.
To set up your path, run:
export PATH=$ERL_TOP/release/win32/erts-5.8.5/bin:$PATH
If everything was successful, you should be ready to build CouchDB.
Building CouchDB
Note that `win32-curl` is only required if you wish to run the developer
The documentation step may be skipped using `--disable-docs` if you wish.
Once you have satisfied the dependencies you should run:
./configure \
--with-js-include=/cygdrive/c/path_to_spidermonkey_include \
--with-js-lib=/cygdrive/c/path_to_spidermonkey_lib \
--with-win32-icu-binaries=/cygdrive/c/path_to_icu_binaries_root \
--with-erlang=$ERL_TOP/release/win32/usr/include \
--with-win32-curl=/cygdrive/c/path/to/curl/root/directory \
--with-openssl-bin-dir=/cygdrive/c/openssl/bin \
--with-msvc-redist-dir=/cygdrive/c/dir/with/vcredist_platform_executable \
--disable-init \
--disable-launchd \
This command could take a while to complete.
If everything was successful you should see the following message:
You have configured Apache CouchDB, time to relax.
To install CouchDB you should run:
make install
If everything was successful you should see the following message:
You have installed Apache CouchDB, time to relax.
To build the .exe installer package, you should run:
make dist
Alternatively, you may run CouchDB directly from the build tree, but
to avoid any contamination do not run `make dist` after this.
First Run
You can start the CouchDB server by running:
When CouchDB starts it should eventually display the following message:
Apache CouchDB has started, time to relax.
To check that everything has worked, point your web browser to:
powershell -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\configure.ps1 -WithCurl
make -f check
This will build couchdb, as well as run the eunit and javascript tests.
From here you should run the verification tests in Firefox.
As of CouchDB 2.0 RC1, all eunit and javascript tests should pass.

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