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PouchDB adapter using ReactNative SQLite as its backing store.


SQLite storage performs much faster than AsyncStorage, especially with secondary index. Here is benchmark results:

1) allDocs speed min max mean
AsyncStorage 72ms 94ms 77ms
SQLite 27ms 39ms 28ms
2) query speed min max mean
AsyncStorage 1,075ms 1,117ms 1,092ms
SQLite 33ms 39ms 35ms
  • Device: iPhone 6s
  • Documents: 434
  • Update seq: 453
  • Iterations: 100
  • Used options: { include_docs: true }

On Simulator

  • Device: iPad Pro 9.7" (Simulator) - iOS 10.3.2
  • Documents: 5000
3) bulkDocs speed total mean
AsyncStorage 25.821ms 5.16ms
SQLite 22.213ms 4.44ms
4) allDocs speed total mean
AsyncStorage 189,379ms 37.87ms
SQLite 30,527ms 6.10ms
  • allDocs options: { include_docs: true, attachments: true }
  • Using this test script

How to use it

Read this blogpost for the complete description. Here is a working demo app.

Install deps

Install PouchDB core packages:

npm i pouchdb-adapter-http pouchdb-mapreduce

And install hacked packages for React Native:

npm i @craftzdog/pouchdb-core-react-native @craftzdog/pouchdb-replication-react-native 

Next, install SQLite3 engine modules:

npm i pouchdb-adapter-react-native-sqlite react-native-sqlite-2
react-native link react-native-sqlite-2

Then, install some packages to polyfill functions that PouchDB needs:

npm i base-64 events

Create polyfills

Make a js file to polyfill some functions that PouchDB needs:

import {decode, encode} from 'base-64'

if (!global.btoa) {
    global.btoa = encode;

if (!global.atob) {
    global.atob = decode;

// Avoid using node dependent modules
process.browser = true

Import it at the first line of your index.js.

Load PouchDB

Make pouchdb.js like so:

import PouchDB from '@craftzdog/pouchdb-core-react-native'
import HttpPouch from 'pouchdb-adapter-http'
import replication from '@craftzdog/pouchdb-replication-react-native'
import mapreduce from 'pouchdb-mapreduce'

import SQLite from 'react-native-sqlite-2'
import SQLiteAdapterFactory from 'pouchdb-adapter-react-native-sqlite'

const SQLiteAdapter = SQLiteAdapterFactory(SQLite)

export default PouchDB

If you need other plugins like pouchdb-find, just add them to it.

Use PouchDB

Then, use it as usual:

import PouchDB from './pouchdb'

function loadDB () {
  return new PouchDB('mydb.db', { adapter: 'react-native-sqlite' })


  • 2.0.0
    • Upgrade pouchdb-adapter-websql-core to 7.0.0
  • 1.0.3
    • Remove pouchdb-utils dependency
  • 1.0.2
    • Upgrade pouchdb-util & pouchdb-adapter-websql-core to 6.2.0
    • Update benchmark result
  • 1.0.1
    • Remove unnecessary console output
  • 1.0.0
    • Initial release
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