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Note : Obsolete as of CouchDB 2.1.1

You can now enable this in CouchDB using the built-in couch_peruser option.


couchperuser is a CouchDB daemon that ensures that a private per-user database exists for each document in _users. These databases are writable only by the corresponding user.

Currently this is very much purpose-built for CodeCosmos. Databases are in the form:

userdb-{hex encoded username}

For example, the user bob will have a database named userdb-626f62.

The reason for hex encoding is that CouchDB usernames have no restrictions, but CouchDB databases have restrictions. Hex encoding the UTF-8 representation of the username is a transformation that's easy to correctly implement in just about any language, especially JavaScript and Erlang. Other encodings would be possible, but would require additional client and server-side code to support that encoding. This is the simplest scheme that is obviously correct.


Install any dependencies. couchperuser requires rebar, e.g.

$ brew install rebar

Ensure the plugins directory exists, e.g.

$ mkdir /usr/local/Cellar/couchdb/1.6.0_1/lib/couchdb/plugins

Clone (download) the repo:

$ git clone

Move the plugin files:

$ mv couchperuser /usr/local/Cellar/couchdb/1.6.0_1/lib/couchdb/plugins

Build the plugin files:

$ cd /usr/local/Cellar/couchdb/1.6.0_1/lib/couchdb/plugins/couchperuser
$ make

Restart couchdb


couchperuser is a CouchDB plugin daemon that creates per-user databases







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