GeoCouch, a spatial index for CouchDB
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Latest commit e41c993 Jul 12, 2016 @vmx vmx committed with hsharsha Better error handling for invalid GeoJSON geometries
When a GeoJSON geometry with an invalid type is emitted, there
wasn't a proper error response, but just an empty reply. With this
change you'll get this error message:

    {"error":"emit_key","reason":"The supplied geometry type `point` is not a valid GeoJSON. Valid geometry types are (case sensitive): Point, LineString, Polygon, MultiPoint, MultiLineString, MultiLineString"}

Change-Id: Ic8beec2a4394f5c7006668ce81a1cbb7161ae6c0
Tested-by: buildbot <>
Reviewed-by: Dave Rigby <>
Reviewed-by: Harsha H S <>

Welcome to the world of GeoCouch

GeoCouch is a spatial extension for Couchbase and Apache CouchDB.

For Couchbase

For compiling Couchbase (it includes GeoCouch), please see

For Apache CouchDB

This version of GeoCouch needs at least Apache CouchDB 1.3.x.

Checkout the code

First checkout the source code for Apache CouchDB into a directory that will be referred to as <path-to-couchdb-source>.

Then checkout the GeoCouch source:

git clone

There's a new directory called geocouch created. From now on this directory will be referred to as <path-to-geocouch-source>.

Build instructions

Make sure you have built Apache CouchDB from source including make dev. So go to your <path-to-couchdb-source> and run:

make dev

After that you can compile GeoCouch from within the GeoCouch directory:

COUCH_SRC=<path-to-couchdb-source>/src/couchdb make couchdb

Now copy the configuration file into your Apache CouchDB directory:

cp gc-couchdb/etc/couchdb/default.d/geocouch.ini <path-to-couchdb-source>/etc/couchdb/default.d/

Running Apache CouchDB

Apache CouchDB needs the compiled geocouch in the include path. You can either copy gc-couchdb and vtree into <path-to-couchdb-source>/src/ or set the ERL_LIBS environment variable to the GeoCouch root directory.

cd <path-to-couchdb-source>
ERL_LIBS="<path-to-geocouch-source>" ./utils/run

Running tests

After you've followed the build instructions you can run the tests with

COUCH_SRC=<path-to-couchdb-source>/src/couchdb make couchdb-check

In order to run the JavaScript based tests, you need to start Apache CouchDB first:

cd <path-to-couchdb-source>
ERL_LIBS="<path-to-geocouch-source>" ./utils/run

The tests can either be run from the command line or the browser.

From command line

From the command line the easiest way is to use the supplied runner script. From within the <path-to-geocouch-source>:

cd gc-couchdb
./utils/ <path-to-couchdb-source>/test/javascript/run ./share/www/script/test

From browser

To run it from the browser first copy the JavaScript tests into the same directory as the other Apache CouchDB tests:

cp <path-to-geocouch-source>/gc-couchdb/share/www/script/test/* <path-to-couchdb-source>/share/www/script/test/

Then add the tests to <path-to-couchdb-source>/share/www/script/couch_tests.js


More information

For more information and samples please see the README in the gc-couchdb subdirectory.


GeoCouch is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.