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Installing Kanso


To use Kanso you'll need to install the latest stable version of node.js, which can be found at

Why does Kanso need node.js?

Node.js is used for the command-line tools only. With Kanso, the end result is a pure CouchApp you can host using CouchDB alone. Using node to write the associated tools allows us to do some powerful things by interpreting the JavaScript of your application.

Install using Git

This is the preferred method of installing Kanso. First, clone the repository from GitHub:

git clone git://
cd kanso

Then you'll need to fetch its dependencies using git submodules:

git submodule init
git submodule update

Next, install using make:

make && sudo make install

Using NPM

If you already have node.js installed, and you're using npm (Node Package Manager), then you can install by simply doing the following:

sudo npm install -g kanso

CouchDB version

As of release 0.0.7, Kanso only supports CouchDB 1.1.0 or higher. This is due to a number of fixes in CouchDB 1.1.0 for CommonJS modules which make Kanso faster and helps to keep the framework code clean. If you're running an older version of CouchDB you'll want to upgrade it before continuing.