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An easy interface to CouchDB from R

sofa docs:

CouchDB versions

sofa works with CouchDB v2 and v3. See the builds for checks on various CouchDB versions.

Connect to CouchDB

This may be starting it on your terminal/shell


Or opening the CouchDB app on your machine, or running it in Docker. Whatever it is, start it up.

Install sofa



Development version from GitHub




Cushions? What? Since it’s couch we gotta use cushions somehow. cushions are a connection class containing all connection info to a CouchDB instance. See ?Cushion for help.

As an example, connecting to a Cloudant couch:

z <- Cushion$new(
  host = "",
  transport = 'https',
  port = NULL,
  user = 'foobar',
  pwd = 'things'

Break down of parameters:

  • host: the base url, without the transport (http/https)
  • path: context path that is appended to the end of the url
  • transport: http or https
  • port: The port to connect to. Default: 5984. For Cloudant, have to set to NULL
  • user: User name for the service.
  • pwd: Password for the service, if any.
  • headers: headers to pass in all requests

If you call Cushion$new() with no arguments you get a cushion set up for local use on your machine, with all defaults used.

x <- Cushion$new()

Ping the server


Nice, it’s working.


See the docs for more.


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