CouchDB is another offspring from the open-source, NoSQL, non-relational databases and is maintained under the Apache Foundation. It differs itself form the likes of MongoDB or Cassandra in that CouchDB is storing data in so called “documents” that are in JSON format, which can be hashes, lists, nested arrays and of course scalar values. This added complexity results in more powerful features, mainly to have a db that is not just a single key/value pair, but it comes at a price of speed reduction.
CouchDB can be a little bit of a pain to install, because it needs a few pre-requisites and they in turn have a few of their own quirks. This outline should help you get CouchDB with all it’s necessities installed. We’ve used MacOS, but you can substitute your OS where applicable.
Once downloaded, extract the tarball and move into the sources folder:
tar -xzvf js-1.8.0-rc1.tar.gz