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Flatpack provides some simple document modelling for CouchDB built on top of supercomfy CouchDB client. Flatpack will allow you to define a model, and will then create appropriate permanent views in CouchDB to allow for easy searching and retrieval of these documents, as well as creating a helper object which will allow you to easily manipulate documents of that type.


  • Provide alternate client implementations (use either supercomfy, cradle or nano)
  • Use Travis-CI for continuous integration


Defining a model

    // Define a model with just the default view (getByType) 
    flatpack.define(couchurl, db, 'customer', null, callback);
    // Define a model with custom views 
    flatpack.define(couchurl, db, 'customer', {views: {byName: ['firstName', 'lastName'], byCompany: ['company']}}, callback);

Saving an object

    // Create a document 
    var customer = {firstName: 'Nathan', lastName: 'Oehlman', company: 'Sidelab'},
        customerdb = flatpack.use('customer');
    // Save for the first time, function(err, id) {
        // id is the id assigned by couch to the document 

Getting and updating object

    // Create a document 
    var customerdb = flatpack.use('customer');
    // Get the existing object 
    customerdb.get(id, function(err, object) {
        if (!err) {
            // Update the details 
            object.firstName = 'Thomas';
  , function(err, id){
                if (!err) {
                    // All ok! 

Using a view

By default, flatpack will create a default view that can access all documents of the type.

    // Get all customer documents 
    var customerdb = flatpack.use('customer');
    customerdb.findByType(function(err, results) {
        // returns a CouchDB results 
        // ie. {total_rows: x, offset: x, rows: [documents]} 
    // Can also be accessed using the all alias 
    customerdb.all(function(err, results) {
        // etc 

Using a custom view is also very similar.

    // Get all customer documents belonging to the Sidelab company 
    var customerdb = flatpack.use('customer');
    // An argumented view takes an opts object, that gets converted into Couch DB view parameters (so you can use startKey, endKey, etc) 
    customerdb.findByCompany({key: 'Sidelab'}, function(err, results) {
        // same as before - a CouchDB result set