A Ruby version of the CouchDB query server - for specifying your map, reduce, etc functions in ruby
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CouchDB Ruby Query Server

by Matthew Lyon matt@flowerpowered.com

This is a ruby version of the CouchDB Query server. It will let you write your map and reduce functions in ruby (instead of javascript, erlang, or what have you) and eventually all your couchapp functions as well.

It is still very much a work in progress, please don't use it for anything in production yet.


In one of your CouchDB config files, add this:

ruby = /path/to/ruby /path/to/bin/couchdb_view_server

If you want to just use environment ruby you can leave /path/to/ruby out.

Your design documents should look something like this:

    "_id": "_design/foos",
    "language": "ruby",
    "views": {
        "foos": {
            "map": "lambda{|doc| emit(doc['foo'], nil) }"

If you are going to allow people you may not necessarily trust "admin-level" access to your CouchDB install, such that they may create design documents and therefore upload their own code, you may sandbox user code with the --safe flag like so:

ruby = /path/to/ruby -- /path/to/bin/couchdb_view_server --safe

All code is eval'd and run under a $SAFE level of 4 in this mode. If running in safe mode, it is preferred to run under Ruby 1.9, which has a vastly improved "trust/untrusted" model for security of objects.


Does not yet run on Ruby 1.8.6, as it requires instance_exec. Will most likely just steal Rails' implementation.


  • Better Error Handling for syntax errors, etc
  • More robust implementation of all the functions; currently we pass CouchDB's query_server_spec but there are lots of responsibilities of the Javascript query server that are not tested.
  • implement log inside functions.
  • implement some sort of proper template system for show/list. Will likely go with Mustache.
  • beef up safe mode support by redefining Kernel#sleep to raise.
  • get working on ruby 1.8.6


0.2.0 2010-03-25

  • round out support for all function types, including validate_doc_update, update, show and list.

0.1.2 2010-03-14

  • fix for multiple reduce functions being run simultaneously

0.1.1 2010-03-14

  • README updates, gem version bump

0.1 2010-03-14

  • Offer a "safe" flag to provide a locked-down sandbox for user code inside $SAFE level 4.

0.1pre 2 2010-03-13

  • Consolidate a lot of the "in-place, get it working" code for map/reduce to the View module.

0.1pre 1 2010-03-07

  • Basic implementation of map/reduce working.