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CouchDB vs InfluxDB: What are the differences?

Developers describe CouchDB as "HTTP + JSON document database with Map Reduce views and peer-based replication". Apache CouchDB is a database that uses JSON for documents, JavaScript for MapReduce indexes, and regular HTTP for its API. CouchDB is a database that completely embraces the web. Store your data with JSON documents. Access your documents and query your indexes with your web browser, via HTTP. Index, combine, and transform your documents with JavaScript. On the other hand, InfluxDB is detailed as "An open-source distributed time series database with no external dependencies". InfluxDB is a scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics. It has a built-in HTTP API so you don't have to write any server side code to get up and running InfluxDB is designed to be scalable, simple to install and manage, and fast to get data in and out..

CouchDB and InfluxDB can be primarily classified as "Databases" tools.

"JSON" is the top reason why over 41 developers like CouchDB, while over 35 developers mention "Time-series data analysis" as the leading cause for choosing InfluxDB.

CouchDB and InfluxDB are both open source tools. It seems that InfluxDB with 16.6K GitHub stars and 2.37K forks on GitHub has more adoption than CouchDB with 4.22K GitHub stars and 833 GitHub forks.

SimpleCrypto, Impossible Software, and capscale are some of the popular companies that use InfluxDB, whereas CouchDB is used by Acadar, Third Iron, and SocialDecode. InfluxDB has a broader approval, being mentioned in 116 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to CouchDB, which is listed in 60 company stacks and 30 developer stacks.

What is CouchDB?

Apache CouchDB is a database that uses JSON for documents, JavaScript for MapReduce indexes, and regular HTTP for its API. CouchDB is a database that completely embraces the web. Store your data with JSON documents. Access your documents and query your indexes with your web browser, via HTTP. Index, combine, and transform your documents with JavaScript.

What is InfluxDB?

InfluxDB is a scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics. It has a built-in HTTP API so you don't have to write any server side code to get up and running. InfluxDB is designed to be scalable, simple to install and manage, and fast to get data in and out.
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    What are some alternatives to CouchDB and InfluxDB?
    MongoDB
    MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
    Couchbase
    Developed as an alternative to traditionally inflexible SQL databases, the Couchbase NoSQL database is built on an open source foundation and architected to help developers solve real-world problems and meet high scalability demands.
    Cloudant
    Cloudant鈥檚 distributed database as a service (DBaaS) allows developers of fast-growing web and mobile apps to focus on building and improving their products, instead of worrying about scaling and managing databases on their own.
    MariaDB
    Started by core members of the original MySQL team, MariaDB actively works with outside developers to deliver the most featureful, stable, and sanely licensed open SQL server in the industry. MariaDB is designed as a drop-in replacement of MySQL(R) with more features, new storage engines, fewer bugs, and better performance.
    RethinkDB
    RethinkDB is built to store JSON documents, and scale to multiple machines with very little effort. It has a pleasant query language that supports really useful queries like table joins and group by, and is easy to setup and learn.
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    Decisions about CouchDB and InfluxDB
    Josh Dzielak
    Josh Dzielak
    Developer Advocate at DeveloperMode | 5 upvotes 38.6K views
    Firebase
    Firebase
    Pouchdb
    Pouchdb
    CouchDB
    CouchDB
    Cloudant
    Cloudant

    As a side project, I was building a note taking app that needed to synchronize between the client and the server so that it would work offline. At first I used Firebase to store the data on the server and wrote my own code to cache Firebase data in local storage and synchronize it. This was brittle and not performant. I figured that someone else must have solved this in a better way so I went looking for a better solution.

    I needed a tool where I could write the data once and it would write to client and server, and when clients came back on line they would automatically catch the client up. I also needed conflict resolution. I was thrilled to discover Pouchdb and its server-side counterpart CouchDB. Together, they met nearly all of my requirements and were very easy to implement - I was able to remove a ton of custom code and have found the synchronization to be very robust. Pouchdb 7 has improved mobile support too, so I can run the app on iOS or Android browsers.

    My Couchdb instance is actually a Cloudant instance running on IBM Bluemix. For my fairly low level of API usage, it's been totally free, and it has a decent GUI for managing users and replications.

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    Jonathan Pugh
    Jonathan Pugh
    Software Engineer / Project Manager / Technical Architect | 19 upvotes 254.6K views
    Framework7
    Framework7
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    Figma
    Figma
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Webpack
    Webpack
    Babel
    Babel
    Ruby
    Ruby
    HTML5
    HTML5
    CouchDB
    CouchDB
    Pouchdb
    Pouchdb
    Font Awesome
    Font Awesome
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova
    CSS 3
    CSS 3
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap
    #Css
    #CSS3
    #SCSS
    #Sass
    #Less
    #Electron
    #HandleBars
    #Template7
    #Sketch
    #GraphQL
    #HTML5
    #GraphCool

    I needed to choose a full stack of tools for cross platform mobile application design & development. After much research and trying different tools, these are what I came up with that work for me today:

    For the client coding I chose Framework7 because of its performance, easy learning curve, and very well designed, beautiful UI widgets. I think it's perfect for solo development or small teams. I didn't like React Native. It felt heavy to me and rigid. Framework7 allows the use of #CSS3, which I think is the best technology to come out of the #WWW movement. No other tech has been able to allow designers and developers to develop such flexible, high performance, customisable user interface elements that are highly responsive and hardware accelerated before. Now #CSS3 includes variables and flexboxes it is truly a powerful language and there is no longer a need for preprocessors such as #SCSS / #Sass / #less. React Native contains a very limited interpretation of #CSS3 which I found very frustrating after using #CSS3 for some years already and knowing its powerful features. The other very nice feature of Framework7 is that you can even build for the browser if you want your app to be available for desktop web browsers. The latest release also includes the ability to build for #Electron so you can have MacOS, Windows and Linux desktop apps. This is not possible with React Native yet.

    Framework7 runs on top of Apache Cordova. Cordova and webviews have been slated as being slow in the past. Having a game developer background I found the tweeks to make it run as smooth as silk. One of those tweeks is to use WKWebView. Another important one was using srcset on images.

    I use #Template7 for the for the templating system which is a no-nonsense mobile-centric #HandleBars style extensible templating system. It's easy to write custom helpers for, is fast and has a small footprint. I'm not forced into a new paradigm or learning some new syntax. It operates with standard JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS 3. It's written by the developer of Framework7 and so dovetails with it as expected.

    I configured TypeScript to work with the latest version of Framework7. I consider TypeScript to be one of the best creations to come out of Microsoft in some time. They must have an amazing team working on it. It's very powerful and flexible. It helps you catch a lot of bugs and also provides code completion in supporting IDEs. So for my IDE I use Visual Studio Code which is a blazingly fast and silky smooth editor that integrates seamlessly with TypeScript for the ultimate type checking setup (both products are produced by Microsoft).

    I use Webpack and Babel to compile the JavaScript. TypeScript can compile to JavaScript directly but Babel offers a few more options and polyfills so you can use the latest (and even prerelease) JavaScript features today and compile to be backwards compatible with virtually any browser. My favorite recent addition is "optional chaining" which greatly simplifies and increases readability of a number of sections of my code dealing with getting and setting data in nested objects.

    I use some Ruby scripts to process images with ImageMagick and pngquant to optimise for size and even auto insert responsive image code into the HTML5. Ruby is the ultimate cross platform scripting language. Even as your scripts become large, Ruby allows you to refactor your code easily and make it Object Oriented if necessary. I find it the quickest and easiest way to maintain certain aspects of my build process.

    For the user interface design and prototyping I use Figma. Figma has an almost identical user interface to #Sketch but has the added advantage of being cross platform (MacOS and Windows). Its real-time collaboration features are outstanding and I use them a often as I work mostly on remote projects. Clients can collaborate in real-time and see changes I make as I make them. The clickable prototyping features in Figma are also very well designed and mean I can send clickable prototypes to clients to try user interface updates as they are made and get immediate feedback. I'm currently also evaluating the latest version of #AdobeXD as an alternative to Figma as it has the very cool auto-animate feature. It doesn't have real-time collaboration yet, but I heard it is proposed for 2019.

    For the UI icons I use Font Awesome Pro. They have the largest selection and best looking icons you can find on the internet with several variations in styles so you can find most of the icons you want for standard projects.

    For the backend I was using the #GraphCool Framework. As I later found out, #GraphQL still has some way to go in order to provide the full power of a mature graph query language so later in my project I ripped out #GraphCool and replaced it with CouchDB and Pouchdb. Primarily so I could provide good offline app support. CouchDB with Pouchdb is very flexible and efficient combination and overcomes some of the restrictions I found in #GraphQL and hence #GraphCool also. The most impressive and important feature of CouchDB is its replication. You can configure it in various ways for backups, fault tolerance, caching or conditional merging of databases. CouchDB and Pouchdb even supports storing, retrieving and serving binary or image data or other mime types. This removes a level of complexity usually present in database implementations where binary or image data is usually referenced through an #HTML5 link. With CouchDB and Pouchdb apps can operate offline and sync later, very efficiently, when the network connection is good.

    I use PhoneGap when testing the app. It auto-reloads your app when its code is changed and you can also install it on Android phones to preview your app instantly. iOS is a bit more tricky cause of Apple's policies so it's not available on the App Store, but you can build it and install it yourself to your device.

    So that's my latest mobile stack. What tools do you use? Have you tried these ones?

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    Reviews of CouchDB and InfluxDB
    Review ofInfluxDBInfluxDB

    Influx doesn't currently natively support horizontal distribution. Hard to recommend it until they implement that.

    Avatar of YaronWittenstein
    Computer Science
    Review ofInfluxDBInfluxDB

    InfluxDB is a game changer

    How developers use CouchDB and InfluxDB
    Avatar of ShadowICT
    ShadowICT uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

    We use InfluxDB as a store for our data that gets fed into Grafana. It's ideal for this as it's a lightweight storage engine that can be modified on the fly by scripts without having to log into the server itself and manage tables. The HTTP API also makes it ideal for integrating with frontend services.

    Avatar of King's Digital Lab
    King's Digital Lab uses CouchDBCouchDB

    Document (JSON) DB.

    • - queries must be pre-defined as views (not as flexible as query formulation on the fly)
    • - community and ecosystem not as large as mongodb
    • + PouchDB is an excellent JS library to interact with CouchDB or even work in offline-then-sync moce
    Avatar of Smileupps
    Smileupps uses CouchDBCouchDB

    By being built on, of, in and around CouchDB, Smileupps offers to its customers secure and reliable CouchDB hosting and a CouchDB-based app store to build and sell serious business-enabled web applications

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    Goyoboard uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

    To track time-series of course, utilizing few retention rules and continuous queries to keep time-series data fast and maintanable

    Avatar of sapslaj
    sapslaj uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

    InfluxDB ingests information from various sources (mostly Telegraf instances) into one place for monitoring purposes.

    Avatar of Chris Hartwig
    Chris Hartwig uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

    All our metrics go through InfluxDB, both applicative and system

    Avatar of Giant Swarm
    Giant Swarm uses CouchDBCouchDB

    We use CouchDB in an internal analysis tool for usage data.

    Avatar of Mathias Vonende
    Mathias Vonende uses CouchDBCouchDB

    Storage for unstructured, linked and timeseries data.

    Avatar of Aaron Buchanan
    Aaron Buchanan uses CouchDBCouchDB

    json store + geo + _changes

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