Apache CouchDB

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CouchDB Packaging support repo

The main purpose of this repository is to provide packaging support files for Apache CouchDB and its SpiderMoneky 1.8.5 dependency, for a number of well-known and used packaging formats, namely:

  • .deb files, as used by Debian, Ubuntu, and derivatives
  • .rpm files, as used by CentOS, RedHat, and derivatives
  • snapcraft files, as used by the Ubuntu Snappy package manager


On a system with all necessary build-time dependencies:

SpiderMonkey 1.8.5


make couch-js-rpms


make couch-js-debs PLATFORM=$(lsb_release -cs)


rpms or debs from master branch:

cd .. && git clone https://github.com/apache/couchdb
cd couchdb-pkg && make build-couch $(lsb_release -cs) PLATFORM=$(lsb_release -cs)

rpms or debs from a release tarball:

make copy-couch $(lsb_release -cs) COUCHTARBALL=path/to/couchdb-#.#.#.tar.gz PLATFORM=$(lsb_release -cs)

Building inside the couchdbdev docker containers

You must first pull down the image or images you need from Docker Hub, or build the images using the apache/couchdb-ci repository. A full list of supported environments is at https://hub.docker.com/u/couchdbdev/ .

SpiderMonkey 1.8.5

docker pull couchdbdev/<os>-<codename>-base
./build.sh js <os>-<codename>    # for example, debian-stretch, ubuntu-bionic or centos-7.


From a downloaded CouchDB tarball:

docker pull couchdbdev/<osname>-<codename>-erlang-<erlang-version>
ERLANGVERSION=<erlang-version> ./build.sh couch <os>-<codename> path/to/couchdb-#.#.#.tar.gz

Directly from the Apache source CDN:

docker pull couchdbdev/<osname>-<codename>-erlang-<erlang-version>
./build.sh couch <os>-<codename> https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/couchdb/source/#.#.#/apache-couchdb-#.#.#.tar.gz

Building packages for a release


  1. Linux running Docker
  2. The current user must be capable of running docker run.
  3. Enough free disk space to download all of the Docker images + build CouchDB.

Running the package build

You can either build packages from a local CouchDB dist tarball (the output of make dist), or from a URL of a published CouchDB dist tarball (such as the ones on https://couchdb.apache.org/). The package's version number will be derived from the filename of the CouchDB dist tarball.


$ ./build.sh couch-all path/to/apache-couchdb-VERSION.tar.gz


$ ./build.sh couch-all http://url/to/apache-couchdb-VERSION.tar.gz

Packages will be placed in the pkgs/couch subdirectory.

A similar js-all target exists, should the SpiderMonkey packages need to be regenerated.

Uploading the packages

If you have Apache Bintray credentials (set your BINTRAY_USER and BINTRAY_API_KEY environment variables appropriately), after building all CouchDB packages above, simply run:

./build.sh couch-upload-all

Or, for the SpiderMonkey packages:

./build.sh js-upload-all

Snap packages


Feedback, Issues, Contributing

General feedback is welcome at our user or developer mailing lists.

Apache CouchDB has a CONTRIBUTING file with details on how to get started with issue reporting or contributing to the upkeep of this project.