A visual guide


Welcome to Fauxton.

Apache CouchDB is a database that uses JSON for documents, JavaScript for MapReduce indexes, and regular HTTP for its API.

Fauxton is a native web-based interface built into CouchDB. It provides a basic interface to the majority of the functionality, including the ability to create, update, delete and view documents and design documents. It provides access to the configuration parameters, and an interface for initiating replication.

CouchDB Homepage (download available here!)

How to Install/Setup

Install via npm

npm install -g fauxton

CouchDB Documentation

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Features: Getting Started

When you first start to use Fauxton, the left most navigation panel will allow you jump quickly between viewing different parts of what's going on in your CouchDB instance.

You can expand or collapse the navigation by clicking on the area above the topmost tab, "Databases", where the icon of the three horizontal lines is.

Databases will show you a list of all your databases, their size, number of documents, and provides quick links to it's permissions page and replication page.

Active Tasks displays a list of the running background tasks on the server. Background tasks include view index building, compaction and replication. This page is an interface to the Active Tasks API call.

Config is an interface for the configuration of your CouchDB installation. The interface allows you to edit different configurable parameters. For more details on configuration, see Configuring CouchDB.

Replication is an interface to the replication system, enabling you to initiate replication between local and remote databases.

Documentation will direct you to your local copy of the documentation. The link shown in this guide is to the online version.

Login/User Management lets you can change your password, or add administrator to your CouchDB instance.

Verify verifies your installation and allows you to check whether all of the components of your CouchDB installation are correctly installed.

All Databases

1 Add a new Database Click this button on the top bar, and enter the name of the database you want to create.

2 Search for a Database This text field auto-completes and jumps directly to a specified database.

3 View a Database This link will take to that database's "All Docs" page where you can view all of that database's contents. You can also delete, replicate, and change the permissions for a database from the database's 'All Docs' page.

4 Replication Link Jump directly to the Replication page for this database.

5 Permissions Link Jump directly to the Permissions page for this database.

All Documents

1 All Documents overview This is the viewing area, the default view shows you all of the documents in your database. If you want to view each document's contents, you can either click 'Query Options' (located in upper right corner), and then 'Include Docs'. To edit a document, you can either click on the pencil in upper right of each card, or double click on the document card, go to the editor page.

2 Quick Links These are all links that pertain to this specific database.

3 View Design Documents Design Documents are special documents, since they are data, they are included in the database as documents, but they are special because they contain functions for Map-Reduce which act on the rest of the documents in the database.

The Header Bar - All Documents

Default Header Bar The top image is the default view of the header bar. You can play around with the controls to see how it works.

1 Jump to another Database Dropdown If you click on the database name here, a tray will pop out, and you can type the name of another database. Clicking ENTER on the name will cause the page to jump directly into that database.

2 Cog You can do many things using the tray within the Cog button. You can replicate this database, delete this database, add a new document, a new view, or query an index.

3 Multiple Document Select and delete Clicking 'Select' will allow you choose multiple documents, or deselect all the documents for deletion. You can also expand or collapse all of the documents to show more information.

4 Jump to a specific document in this database This field takes the _id of the document you are trying to view. Use this search bar to jump to a specific document in the database.

5 Query Options You choose how you want to view the documents in this database using Query Options. 'Include Docs' will show all the data in each document. 'Keys' will allow to narrow down the documents being viewed on this page based on the parameters you provide.

6 API URL The API URL button shows up on most pages. All the data in CouchDB is available through a pingable API URL. You can click on this link to view and copy the particular API for the page you are viewing. Many times, the browser will shows a interface based on one of the API endpoints.

Active Tasks

1 Change Polling Interval The status of each task can change as you are watching the Active Tasks page. The page auto-updates, but polls at regular intervals. You can set the amount of time that the page updates itself by dragging on this bar.

2 API URL This page is an interface to the Active Tasks API call. You can view or copy the raw JSON by clicking on this button.

3 Filter You can filter by the type of task, or search active tasks by database name (either source or target) using these tabs.


An interface into the configuration of your CouchDB installation. The interface allows you to edit the different configurable parameters. For more details on configuration, see the Configuring CouchDB section.


CORS stands for Cross Origin Resource Sharing. It is a setting that pertains only to browsers.

By enabling CORS, you allow other people, from their browsers, to access the data you have stored in your CouchDB databases.

They can ping your CouchDB instance through an AJAX request, and it will return information. Or they can POST data to your CouchDB instance, and CORS allows you to recieve that information.

For example, if your CouchDB installation is running on the domain alice.example you can ping someone else's CouchDB instance through an AJAX request from a different domain, e.g. bob.example - or even localhost!

But be careful - allowing any domain to access your data can be a security risk. If you only want certain websites (origins) to be able to retrieve and change data, you can set 'Restrict to specific domains', and then list which origins you want to allow access for.

By setting, 'All domains', you allow anyone from anywhere to ping your databases, and retrieve information that way.

If you disable CORS, the JavaScript that makes the AJAX request needs to run on the same domain. With CORS disabled frontend code that runs on alice.example must be also hosted on alice.example. Disabling CORS, means that no browser that pings your databases will recieve information.

You can also limit who can ping you. If you only want certain websites, or origins, to be able to recieve data from your stores, you can set 'Restrict to specific domains', and then list which origins you want to allow access.

This is a browser specific layer of protection, a second layer of protection, if you will. The first layer of protection comes from the permissions you set on each database using roles. (For more information, see CouchDB Security)


This is the interface to the replication system, enabling you to initiate replication between local and remote databases.

You will see two boxes, with 3 boxes in each bigger box.

Depending on how big your screen is, the top (or leftmost box, labeled #1 in the example) is the Source database. The bottom (or rightmost box, label #2) is the Target database.

From the Source database box (#1), you can choose an existing database from the dropdown, by selecting 'Local' like in the image to the left. Or you can specify a remote database as the Source, by clicking on 'Remote' in that box, and typing in the remote database's address.

In the Target database box (#2), choose either a local or remote database. If you want to create a new database, and replicate into that new DB, check the 'Create Target' button.

For continuous Replications, select the 'continuous' checkbox. 'Continous' means that the target database will update itself whenever the source database is updated, from now on. It will continue to update itself until you cancel the continous replication.

If you are specifying a remote database name, you must specify the full URL of the remote database (including the host, port number and database name). If the remote instance requires authentication, you can specify the username and password as part of the URL, for example http://username:pass@remotehost:5984/demo.

Under the Active Tasks tab, you should see in the table your new created replication. You might miss it if the database being replicated is on the small side, but continous replications will always show up while they are active.

For more information, see /_replicate.

For more information on replication, see Replication.

Login/User Management

You can change your password, or add admins to your CouchDB instance within this tab.


The Verify Installation allows you to check whether all of the components of your CouchDB installation are correctly installed.


Q: Where can I find answers about CouchDB?

A: Checkout the CouchDB FAQ.

Q: Wow! this is awesome! how can I contribute?

A: Thanks! If you want to contribute, you can open a pull request on Github.

Q: What can I do?

A: Lots of things! checkout our JIRA page for a list of things we need help fixing or building.

Q: I'm not a programmer. What can I do?

A: Good question. There are many things you can do to help out! Find a place that you think needs fixing, and find out how to fix it.

For example, if you find the documentation a long rabbit hole of links and links (and links and links....) you could come up with a hierarchical system of links or strategy guide that would help out a newbie.

If you have design skills, or would like to learn architecture skills, you can help out by finding a cumbersome or non-intuitive part of CouchDB and/or Fauxton and propose a fix. Good ideas are always welcome :)

Another thing is documentation. We have a lot, but the more the better! If you find a place in CouchDB that is not well-documented, feel free!

Q: I found a bug and I think it should be fixed!

A: Awesome! Open a pull request and we can make that happen!