CouchDB library for Node and the browser

npm install clerk
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CouchDB library for node and the browser and sister project to sage

var clerk = require('clerk');

var client = clerk('');

var db = client.database('test');, info) {
  console.dir(err || info);


$ npm install clerk

Experimental Browser Support

clerk.js and clerk.min.js are the browser and minified browser versions of the library. Modern browsers are generally supported, but not widely tested. The test/index.html and test/index-min.html run the mocha tests in the browser.

Security restrictions on cross-domain requests currently limits the usefulness of the browser version. Using a local proxy or configuring Cross-Origin Resource Sharing on a proxy in front of CouchDB may allow you to use the library in the browser.


The philosophy of clerk is to provide a thin wrapper around the CouchDB API, making the database easier to use from JavaScript. clerk is designed to quickly allow you to get started with CouchDB. As you get more comfortable with clerk and CouchDB, clerk gives you full access to CouchDB's more advanced features.

The library API generally follows the RESTful API, so you can use the CouchDB docs as well as the clerk docs to build your applications. If a feature is missing from clerk or you need to access more advanced features, the request method allows you to send custom requests directly to CouchDB.


Copyright 2012 Michael Phan-Ba

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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