How To Install Apache CouchDB on CentOS 7

Install Apache CouchDB on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache CouchDB on CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, CouchDB is an open-source project and NoSQL, document-oriented database server.  It has a document-oriented NoSQL database architecture and is implemented in the concurrency-oriented language Erlang; it uses JSON to store data, JavaScript as its query language using MapReduce, and HTTP for an API.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Apache CouchDB open source NoSQL database management system on the CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Apache CouchDB on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum install epel-release
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Apache CouchDB.

First, add the Apache repository:

### nano /etc/yum.repos.d/bintray-apache-couchdb-rpm.repo


Now run the following command to install CouchDB:

yum install couchdb

Next, run the following commands to start and enable CouchDB on boot:

systemctl start couchdb
systemctl enable couchdb

Step 3. Configure firewall rules.

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=5984/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 4. Configure Fauxton Web GUI Administration Panel.

We are going to enable Fauxton by modifying the following file first:

nano /opt/couchdb/etc/default.ini

Go to the ‘[chttpd]’ line and change the bind_address value with your server’s IP address:

; These settings affect the main, clustered port (5984 by default).
port = 5984
bind_address =

Restart CouchDB so the changes will take effect:

systemctl restart couchdb

Step 7. Accessing Apache CouchDB

Apache CouchDB will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to and complete the required steps to finish the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache CouchDB. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache CouchDB open source NoSQL database management on CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Apache CouchDB website.

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