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CouchDB Harness

A generalized port of the CouchDB JavaScript test harness.


npm install couchdb-harness


Command Line

To run the default configuration, you can simply type,

$ npm start

But the binary also accepts arguments to specify the port that the harness should run against, as well as which files to test:

./bin/couchdb-harness -p 5984 basics all_docs

Available options

  • -b: bail (a flag)
  • -a: address
  • -p: port

All options are further described below.



var harness = require('couchdb-harness');, ['basics', 'all_docs'], function (exitCode) {
var harness = require('couchdb-harness');'', {bail: true}, function (code) {

API[addr[, opts[, callback]]])

  • addr: The address of the server with a CouchDB-style API to test. Defaults to "". If the server you want to test runs on localhost and you just want to change the port, you can also just pass in the port number instead.
  • opts: Either an array of tests as demonstrated in the first example, or a JavaScript object with the following (optional) properties:
    • tests: The aforementioned array of tests. Defaults to all the test files.
    • bail: When true, couchdb-harness will stop running on the first failure it encounters. This does not have any influence on the exitCode. One failure is still enough to make it non-zero. Defaults to false.
    • callback: Called when done running the tests. Gets one argument: the exit code. It's zero when the tests all passed, otherwise non-zero.


Copyright 2013 Nick Thompson

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