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Tests are passing and this is ready for more usage/feedback. Works with Chrome 11/12 and Firefox 4.

PouchDB ( Portable CouchDB JavaScript implementation )

PouchDB is a complete implementation of the CouchDB storage and views API that supports peer-to-peer replication with other CouchDB instances. The browser version is written for IndexedDatabase (part of HTML5). An additional implementation is in progress for leveldb.

Storage and Consistency

Unlike the other current couch-like browser APIs built on WebStorage (http://dev.w3.org/html5/webstorage/) PouchDB's goal is to maintain the same kinds of consistency guarantees Apache CouchDB provides across concurrent connections across the multiple-tabs a user might be using to concurrently access an PouchDB database. This is something that just isn't possible with the BrowserStorage API previous libraries like BrowserCouch and lawnchair use.

PouchDB also keeps a by-sequence index across the entire database. This means that, just like Apache CouchDB, PouchDB can replicate with other CouchDB instances and provide the same conflict resolution system for eventual consistency across nodes.


At this time PouchDB is completely independent from BrowserCouch. The main reason is just to keep the code base concise and focused as the IndexedDatabase specification is being flushed out.

After IndexedDatabase is more solidified it's possible that BrowserCouch and PouchDB might merge to provide a simple fallback option for browsers the do not yet support IndexedDatabase.

Getting started

Simply download the minified pouch.js script from https://github.com/mikeal/pouchdb/blob/master/pouch.alpha.min.js and include in your page with

<script type="text/javascript" src="../pouch.alpha.min.js"></script>


Most of the Pouch API is exposed as fun(arg, [options], [callback]) Where both the options and the callback are optional. Callbacks are in the node.js idiom of function(err, data) Where the first argument will be undefined unless there is an error, further arguments specify the result.

pouch.open(name, [options], [callback])

This method gets an existing database if one exists or creates a new one if one does not exist. if you specify {http:true} in the options then PouchDB will act as a client to a CouchDB server with a matching API (if your database name is a url then it behaves as a client by default)

pouch.open('test', function(err, db) {
  // Use db to call further functions

pouch.deleteDatabase(name, [callback])

Delete method with given name


The subject of the of pouch.open. This is primary PouchDB API.

db.get(docid, [options], [callback])

db.remove(doc, [options], [callback])

db.post(doc, [options], [callback])

db.put(doc, [options], [callback])

db.bulkDocs(docs, [options], [callback])






db.replicate.to(dbName, [options], [callback])

db.replicate.from(dbName, [options], [callback])

Running the tests

To run the full test suite (including replication) you'll need to run a CORS proxy pointing to a local CouchDB.

git clone https://github.com/daleharvey/CORS-Proxy.git	
cd CORS-Proxy
node server.js

This will proxy requests to http://localhost:1234 (made by the test suite) to your local CouchDB running on http://localhost:5984, adding the correct CORS headers so the browser allows the requests to go through.

Next, just run a local CouchDB instance on http://localhost:5984 and make sure it's in admin party mode. The test suite should now run to completion.