Apache CouchDB vs. Couchbase

While the name is similar, CouchDB fails to deliver the same functionality and high performance as Couchbase. Customers who switch to Couchbase usually mention CouchDB’s lack of data consistency, speed, and support for development tools.


Feature set: Couchbase vs. CouchDB

  • Developer agility
  • Data models
  • Consistency
  • Replication
  • Locking
  • Query language
  • Secondary indexes
  • Notifications
  • Services
  • Couchbase Server
  • JSON document, key-value
  • Strong, including distributed ACID transactions
  • Master-master
  • Optimistic and pessimistic
  • Yes, SQL++ (SQL for JSON)
  • Yes
  • Yes, database change protocol / eventing service
  • Data, query, index, full-text search, analytics, eventing, backup, mobile sync
  • Apache CouchDB
  • JSON document, key-value
  • Eventual
  • Master-master by default with optional clustering for quorum writes and reads
  • Optimistic with modified MVCC
  • Yes, using a limited find API derived from MongoDB™
  • Yes
  • Yes, changes feeds
  • Data, query, index
  • Performance at scale
  • Storage (performance)
  • Integrated cache (performance)
  • Managed cache (performance)
  • Couchbase Server
  • Append-only B-tree
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Apache CouchDB
  • Append-only B-tree
  • No
  • No
  • Manage with ease
  • Automatic failover (management)
  • Cross data center replication (management)
  • Couchbase Server
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Apache CouchDB
  • Not by default; can be configured for quorum reads
  • Yes

What customers are saying

  • "We found that the replication technology across data centers for Couchbase was superior, especially for large workloads."
    Claus Moldt, CIO, FICO
    <1 ms response times
    24x365 application uptime
  • “With less than half the servers, we can increase performance and gain a much better scalable architecture.”
    Amir Ish-Shalom, Sr. Director of Operations, Viber
    15 billion call and message events/day
    60% reduction in total servers
From CouchDB to Couchbase: Know Why?

Couchbase excels over CouchDB: Caching, JSON, SQL++, DBaaS, Mobile Sync, & more.

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