1. Installation

The newest install instructions are always in the README

In case the below is not updated, check out the release section in GitHub.


  • Python 2.x >= 2.6 (Python 3.x will be supported soon)
  • the header files of the Python version that is used, which are included e.g. in the according development package python-dev (may have a different name depending on your system)

Installing on all UNIXs

To install couchapp using pip you must make sure you have a recent version of pip installed:

$ curl -O https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py
$ sudo python get-pip.py

To install or upgrade to the latest released version of couchapp:

$ sudo pip install couchapp
$ sudo pip install --upgrade couchapp

To install/upgrade development version:

$ sudo pip install git+https://github.com/couchapp/couchapp.git

Installing in a sandboxed environment

If you want to work in a sandboxed environment, which is recommended if you don’t want to pollute your system, you can use virtualenv

$ curl -O https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py
$ sudo python get-pip.py
$ sudo pip install virtualenv

To create a sandboxed environment in couchapp_env folder, activate and work in this environment:

$ cd /where/the/sandbox/live
$ virtualenv couchapp_env
$ source couchapp_env/bin/activate

Then to install couchapp:

$ pip install couchapp

Then you can work on your CouchApps. I usually have a couchapps folder in couchapp_env where I put my couchapps.

Installing on Mac OS X


This section is out-of-date. We need you help for testing on newer OSX with newer couchapp.py

Using CouchApp Standalone executable

Download couchapp-1.0.0-macosx.zip on Github then double-click on the installer.

Using Homebrew

To install easily couchapp on Mac OS X, it may be easier to use Homebrew to install pip.

Once you installed Homebrew, issue brew search pip and will get following message:

Homebrew provides pip via: brew install python. However you will then have two Pythons installed on your Mac, so alternatively you can install pip via the instructions at: https://pip.readthedocs.io/en/stable/instal

I will recommend that just install python from Homebrew, because you will usually get a newer version of python than system base’s:

$ brew install python

And let’s check the installation of python:

$ where python

$ where pip

The path prefixed with /usr/local/ is from Homebrew. Everythings look fine, and issue:

$ pip install couchapp

pip will install packages into ~/Library/Python/2.7/lib/python/site-packages usually. Also you can verify the location via:

$ pip show --files couchapp

Now, the executable is here:


Don’t forget to add ~/Library/Python/2.7/bin to your PATH. There is more discussion about installation on macOS, please checkout issue 240 for more information.

Installing on Debian/Ubuntu

There is a package in Debian repository. Thanks to @gfa!

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install couchapp

Installing on Windows

There are currently 2 methods to install on windows:

Previous Release

Please check out both release section and download section in GitHub.

Note that the download section in GitHub is deprecated.