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From Cliff Williams <>
Subject Re: https?
Date Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:23:28 GMT

I hope you are well.

Couchdb does not handle https by itself.

I think that a generally acceptable method would be to put couchdb 
behind a reverse proxy such as nginx and allow nginx to handle all of 
the ssl/tls traffic. (I don't like using VPNs for this sort of thing 
since it always feels like a bit of a kludge and not very Restful)

These are good start points (Its quite a bit less complicated than it 
first appears)

best regards


On 29/10/10 10:30, Doug wrote:
> Hmm... Lets try that again..
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Doug"<>
> Date: 29/10/2010 3:27 PM
> Subject: replication for local user apps...
> To:<>
> Hi,
> I've got what seems like a simple couchdb question, but reading around I
> haven't found any really helpful information about it.
> Basically, how do you do securely use / replicate databases?
> Everything happens over http, and I can't find anything about https and
> couchdb working happily together.
> The options as far as I can tell seem to be:
> 1) Local only.
> - Create a local couchdb instance on local and server machines.
> - Setup SSH tunnels between the machines and push the content through them
> via replication.
> 2) Hide couchdb behind a firewall and talk to it via a https website.
> 3) There is no three.
> ??
> I mean, I thought the great thing about couchdb was I could write a webapp
> that runs entirely off couchdb, use it on the net, pull a copy of it onto my
> laptop's copy of couch when I jump on a plane, and keep running, and sync it
> all via replication when I get back into a wifi zone. ...but, I don't
> understand how you can do any of that securely and privately.
> Am I missing some really obvious configuration option to turn on https or
> something?
> ~
> Doug.

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