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Glazier is a set of batch files, scripts and toolchains designed to ease building CouchDB on Windows. It's as fully automated as possible, with most of the effort required only once.

Glazier uses the MS Visual Studio 2013 toolchain as much as possible, to ensure a quality Windows experience and to execute all binary dependencies within the same runtime.

We hope Glazier simplifies using Erlang and CouchDB for you, giving a consistent, repeatable build environment.

Base Requirements

  • 64-bit Windows 7 or 8.1. As of CouchDB 2.0 we only support a 64-bit build of CouchDB.
    • We like 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 Enterprise N (missing Media Player, etc.) from MSDN.
  • If prompted, reboot after installing the .NET framework.
  • Visual Studio 2013 x64 Community Edition installed on the C: drive. Downloading requires a free Dev Essentials subscription from Microsoft.
  • Chocolatey. From an administrative cmd.exe command prompt, run:
@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin
  • Apply Windows Updates and reboot until no more updates appear.
  • If using a VM, shutdown and snapshot your VM at this point.

Install Pre-requisites

Clean Package Installs with Chocolatey, cyg-get and pip

These packages install silently, without intervention. Cut and paste them into an Administrator command prompt.

cinst -y git 7zip.commandline StrawberryPerl nasm cyg-get wixtoolset python3 aria2 nodejs.install make
cinst -y nssm --version 2.24.101-g897c7ad
cinst -y -i elixir
cyg-get p7zip autoconf binutils bison gcc-code gcc-g++ gdb git libtool make patchutils pkg-config readline file renameutils socat time tree util-linux wget
pip install sphinx docutils pygments nose hypothesis

Note: Do NOT install curl or help2man inside CygWin!

Mozilla build

Fetch the latest Mozilla Build version from and install to c:\mozilla-build with all defaults.

Make a new prompt shortcut

Make a new shortcut on the desktop. The location should be:

cmd.exe /E:ON /V:ON /T:1F /K ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\VC\vcvarsall.bat"" amd64 && color 1f

Name it “CouchDB SDK Prompt”.

Right-click on the icon, select Properties, click the Advanced... button, and tick the Run as administrator checkbox. Click OK twice.

I suggest you pin it to the Start menu. We'll use this all the time.

Start a CouchDB SDK Prompt window and run where cl mc mt link lc rc nmake make. Make sure the output matches the following:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\VC\bin\amd64\cl.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x64\mc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x86\mc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x64\mt.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x86\mt.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\VC\bin\amd64\link.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.1A\bin\NETFX 4.5.1 Tools\x64\lc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x64\rc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\bin\x86\rc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\VC\bin\amd64\nmake.exe

Stop here if your results are not identical. If you are unable to reproduce these results, please open an issue on this repository for assistance.

Set up required convenience links & environment variable

In the CouchDB SDK Prompt, run the following commands:

mkdir c:\relax    
cd c:\relax
rd /s/q SDK VC nasm inno5 nsis strawberry
mklink /j c:\relax\bin c:\relax\glazier\bin
mklink /j c:\relax\nasm "c:\Program Files (x86)\NASM"
mklink /j c:\relax\SDK "c:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1"
mklink /j c:\relax\VC "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0"
mklink /j c:\openssl c:\relax\openssl
setx RELAX c:\relax

Close all open command prompts. Now we're ready to go!

Building CouchDB Pre-requisites

Downloading glazier and dependency sources

Open a new CouchDB SDK Prompt and run the following:

cd c:\relax
git config --global core.autocrlf input
git clone
c:\relax\bin\aria2c --force-sequential=false --max-connection-per-server=5 --check-certificate=false --auto-file-renaming=false --allow-overwrite=true --input-file=couchdb-glazier/ --max-concurrent-downloads=5 --dir=bits --save-session=bits/a2session.txt
color 1f

As of 2017-07-08, this will download the source for the following versions of our dependencies:

  • MS Visual C++ x64 Redistributable for VC12 with patches
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2l
  • curl 7.49.1
  • Erlang:
    • 17.5
    • 18.3
    • 19.3
  • ICU4C 57.1 (Note: this is the last version to support building in VS2013)
  • SpiderMonkey 1.8.5

Build & Test 64-bit OpenSSL

In the same CouchDB SDK Prompt, run the following:

cd %RELAX%\bin && build_openssl.cmd

Close your CouchDB SDK Prompt.

Build 64-bit libcurl

Open a new CouchDB SDK Prompt and run the following:

cd %RELAX%\bin && build_curl.cmd

Build 64-bit ICU

In the same CouchDB SDK Prompt run the following:

cd %RELAX%\bin && build_icu.cmd

Close the window.

Start a UNIX-friendly shell with MS compilers

  1. Start your CouchDB SDK Prompt as above
  2. Launch a cygwin erl-ified shell via c:\relax\bin\shell.cmd
  3. Select 18.3 (unless you know what you are doing!)
  4. Select b for bash prompt.

For more detail on why this is necessary, see UNIX-friendly shell details below.

Unpack, configure and build Erlang/OTP 18.3

At the bash prompt, enter the following commands:

ln -s /cygdrive/c/relax /relax
cd .. && tar xzf /relax/bits/otp_src_18.3.tar.gz
echo "skipping gs" > lib/gs/SKIP
echo "skipping wx" > lib/wx/SKIP
echo "skipping ic" > lib/ic/SKIP
echo "skipping jinterface" > lib/jinterface/SKIP
eval `$ERL_TOP/otp_build env_win32 x64`

At this point, check your paths. Run which cl link mc lc mt nmake rc. The output should match the following:


If it does not, stop and diagnose.

Now you can proceed to build Erlang, closing the window when done:
# Ensure OpenSSL is found by the configure script.
# If you see any warnings, stop and diagnose.

Build Spidermonkey JavaScript 1.8.5

Spidermonkey needs to be compiled with the Mozilla Build chain. To build it with VS2013 requires a few patches contained in this repository.

Start by launching a fresh CouchDB SDK prompt, then setup the Mozilla build environment with the command:

call c:\mozilla-build\start-shell-msvc2013-x64.bat

Now, ensure the output of which cl lc link mt rc make matches the following:

/c/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0/VC/BIN/amd64/cl.exe
/c/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft SDKs/Windows/v8.1A/bin/NETFX 4.5.1 Tools/x64/lc.exe
gram Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0/VC/BIN/amd64/link.exe
/c/Program Files (x86)/Windows Kits/8.1/bin/x64/mt.exe
/c/Program Files (x86)/Windows Kits/8.1/bin/x64/rc.exe

If this does not match exactly, stop and diagnose.

Now, proceed to patch and build SpiderMonkey 1.8.5:

cd /c/relax
tar xzf bits/js185-1.0.0.tar.gz
patch -p0 </c/relax/couchdb-glazier/bits/js185-msvc2013.patch
cd js-1.8.5/js/src
./configure --enable-static --enable-shared-js --disable-debug-symbols --disable-debug --disable-debugger-info-modules --target=x86_64-pc-mingw32 --host=x86_64-pc-mingw32

If desired, tests can be run at this point. This is optional, takes a while, and the math-jit-tests may fail. For more detail as to why, see Also, one jsapi test has been disabled that crashes; this exercises a call CouchDB doesn't use.

To run the tests:

make check

Close the prompt window by entering exit twice.

Building CouchDB itself

Start a new SDK prompt, then run c:\relax\bin\shell.cmd. Select Erlang 18.3 and w for a Windows prompt. Then, run the following commands to download and build CouchDB from the master repository:

cd \relax && git clone
cd couchdb
# optionally, switch to a different tag or branch for building with:
# git checkout --track origin/2.0.x
git clean -fdx && git reset --hard
powershell -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\configure.ps1 -WithCurl
make check

This will build a development version of CouchDB runnable via

dev\run <-n1> <--with-admin-party-please>

To build a self-contained CouchDB installation (also known as an Erlang release), after running the above use:

    make release

To build an installer using WiX to create a full Windows .msi, run:

    make release
    cd \relax\glazier

You made it! Time to relax. :D


Why Glazier?

@dch first got involved with CouchDB around 0.7. Only having a low-spec Windows PC to develop on, and no CouchDB Cloud provider being available, he tried to build CouchDB himself. It was hard going, and most of the frustration was trying to get the core Erlang environment set up and compiling without needing to buy Microsoft‘s expensive but excellent Visual Studio tools. Once Erlang was working he found many of the pre-requisite modules such as cURL, Zlib, OpenSSL, Mozilla’s SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine, and IBM's ICU were not available at a consistent compiler and VC runtime release.

There is a branch of glazier that has been used to build each CouchDB release.

UNIX-friendly shell details

Our goal is to get the path set up in this order:

  1. erlang and couchdb build helper scripts
  2. Microsoft VC compiler, linker, etc from Windows SDK
  3. cygwin path for other build tools like make, autoconf, libtool
  4. the remaining windows system path

It seems this is a challenge for most environments, so glazier just assumes you're using [chocolatey] and takes care of the rest.

Alternatively, you can launch your own cmd prompt, and ensure that your system path is correct first in the win32 side before starting cygwin. Once in cygwin go to the root of where you installed erlang, and run the Erlang/OTP script:

    eval `./otp_build env_win32 x64`
    echo $PATH | /bin/sed 's/:/\n/g'
    which cl link mc lc mt nmake rc

Confirm that output of which returns only MS versions from VC++ or the SDK. This is critical and if not correct will cause confusing errors much later on. Overall, the desired order for your $PATH is:

  • Erlang build helper scripts
  • Visual C++ / .NET framework / SDK
  • Ancillary Erlang and CouchDB packaging tools
  • Usual cygwin unix tools such as make, gcc
  • Ancillary glazier/relax tools for building dependent libraries
  • Usual Windows folders %windir%;%windir%\system32 etc
  • Various settings form the otp_build script

More details are at erlang on github