Provisioning Cluster Resources

      Provisioning cluster resources is managed at the collection or bucket level, depending upon the service affected. Common use cases are outlined here, less common use cases are covered in the API docs.

      The primary means for managing clusters is through the Couchbase Web UI which provides an easy to use interface for adding, removing, monitoring and modifying buckets. In some instances you may wish to have a programmatic interface. For example, if you wish to manage a cluster from a setup script, or if you are setting up buckets in test scaffolding.

      The Java SDK also comes with some convenience functionality for common Couchbase management requests.

      Management operations in the SDK may be performed through several interfaces depending on the object:

      When using a Couchbase version earlier than 6.5, you must create a valid Bucket connection using Cluster.bucket(name) before you can use cluster level managers.

      Bucket Management

      The BucketManager interface may be used to create and delete buckets from the Couchbase cluster. It is instantiated through the Cluster.buckets() method.

      Cluster cluster = Cluster.connect("localhost", "Administrator", "password");
      BucketManager bucketMgr = cluster.buckets();

      The BucketSettings object is used for creating or updating buckets, and for exposing information about existing buckets.

      Note that any property that is not explicitly set when building the bucket settings will use the default value. In the case of the update, this is not necessarily the currently configured value, so you should be careful to set all properties to their correct expected values when updating an existing bucket configuration.

      Here is the list of parameters available:



      Can be updated

      name string

      The name of the bucket, required for creation.


      flushEnabled boolean

      Enables flushing to be performed on this bucket (see the Flushing Buckets section below).


      replicaIndexes boolean

      Whether or not to replicate indexes.


      ramQuotaMB uint64

      How much memory should each node use for the bucket, required for creation.


      numReplicas int

      The number of replicas to use for the bucket.


      bucketType BucketType

      The type of the bucket, required for creation.


      evictionPolicy EvictionPolicyType

      The type of the eviction to use for the bucket, defaults to VALUE_ONLY.

      true (note: changing will cause the bucket to restart causing temporary inaccessibility)

      maxExpiry time.Duration

      The default maximum time-to-live to apply to documents in the bucket. (note: This option is only available for Couchbase and Ephemeral buckets in Couchbase Enterprise Edition.)


      compressionMode CompressionMode

      The compression mode to apply to documents in the bucket. (note: This option is only available for Couchbase and Ephemeral buckets in Couchbase Enterprise Edition.)


      conflictResolutionType ConflictResolutionType

      The conflict resolution type to apply to conflicts on the bucket, defaults to SEQUENCE_NUMBER


      The following example creates a "hello" bucket:

      try {
      	BucketSettings bucketSettings = BucketSettings.create("hello")
      } catch (BucketExistsException e) {
      	System.out.println("Bucket already exists");

      We can now get this bucket and update it to enable Flush:

      BucketSettings settings = bucketMgr.getBucket("hello");

      Once you no longer need to use the bucket, you can remove it:


      Flushing Buckets

      When a bucket is flushed, all content is removed. Because this operation is potentially dangerous it is disabled by default for each bucket. Bucket flushing may be useful in test environments where it becomes a simpler alternative to removing and creating a test bucket. You may enable bucket flushing on a per-bucket basis using the Couchbase Web Console or when creating a bucket.

      You can flush a bucket in the SDK by using the flushBucket method:


      The Flush operation may fail if the bucket does not have flush enabled, in that case it will return a BucketNotFlushableException.

      Collection Management

      The CollectionManager interface may be used to create and delete scopes and collections from the Couchbase cluster. It is instantiated through the Bucket.collections() method. Refer to the CollectionManager API documentation — and to its Async counterpart — for further details.

      Cluster cluster = Cluster.connect("localhost", "scopeAdmin", "password");
      Bucket bucket = cluster.bucket("travel-sample");
      CollectionManager collectionMgr = bucket.collections();

      You can create a scope:

      try {
      catch (ScopeExistsException e) {
        System.out.println("Scope already exists");

      You can then create a collection within that scope:

      CollectionSpec spec = CollectionSpec.create("example-collection", "example-scope");
      try {
      catch (CollectionExistsException e) {
        System.out.println("Collection already exists");
      catch (ScopeNotFoundException e) {
        System.out.println("The specified parent scope doesn't exist");

      Finally, you can drop unneeded collections and scopes:

      try {
      catch (CollectionNotFoundException e) {
        System.out.println("The specified collection doesn't exist");
      catch (ScopeNotFoundException e) {
        System.out.println("The specified parent scope doesn't exist");
      try {
      catch (ScopeNotFoundException e) {
        System.out.println("The specified scope doesn't exist");

      Note that the most minimal permissions to create and drop a Scope or Collections is Manage Scopes along with Data Reader

      You can create users with the appropriate RBAC programmatically:

        new User("scopeAdmin")
        .displayName("Manage Scopes [travel-sample:*]")
          new Role("scope_admin", "travel-sample", "*", "*"),
          new Role("data_reader", "travel-sample", "*", "*")));

      Index Management

      In general, you will rarely need to work with Index Managers from the SDK. For those occasions when you do, index management operations can be performed with the following interfaces:

      You will find some of these described in the following section.


      The QueryIndexManager interface contains the means for managing indexes used for queries. It can be instantiated through the Cluster.queryIndexes() method.

      Cluster cluster = Cluster.connect("localhost", "Administrator", "password");
      QueryIndexManager queryIndexMgr = cluster.queryIndexes();

      Applications can use this manager to perform operations such as creating, deleting, and fetching primary or secondary indexes:

      • A Primary index is built from a document’s key and is mostly suited for simple queries.

      • A Secondary index is the most commonly used type, and is suited for complex queries that require filtering on document fields.

      To perform query index operations, the provided user must either be an Admin or assigned the Query Manage Index role. See the Roles page for more information.

      The example below shows how to create a simple primary index, restricted to a named scope and collection, by calling the createPrimaryIndex() method. Note that you cannot provide a named scope or collection separately, both must be set for the QueryIndexManager to create an index on the relevant keyspace path.

      Creating a primary index
      CreatePrimaryQueryIndexOptions opts = CreatePrimaryQueryIndexOptions.createPrimaryQueryIndexOptions()
      		// Set this if you wish to use a custom name
      		// .indexName("custom_name") 
      queryIndexMgr.createPrimaryIndex("travel-sample", opts);

      When a primary index name is not specified, the SDK will create the index as #primary by default. However, if you wish to provide a custom name, you can simply set an indexName property in the CreatePrimaryQueryIndexOptions object.

      You may have noticed that the example also sets the ignoreIfExists boolean flag. When set to true, this optional argument ensures that an exception is not thrown if an index under the same name already exists.

      Creating a secondary index follows a similar approach, with some minor differences:

      Creating a secondary index
      try {
      	CreateQueryIndexOptions opts = CreateQueryIndexOptions.createQueryIndexOptions()
      	queryIndexMgr.createIndex("travel-sample", "tenant_agent_01_users_email",
      			Arrays.asList("preferred_email"), opts);
      } catch (IndexExistsException e) {
      	System.out.println("Index already exists");

      The createIndex() method requires an index name to be provided, along with the fields to create the index on. Like the primary index, you can restrict a secondary index to a named scope and collection by passing some options.

      Indexes can easily take a long time to build if they contain a lot of documents. In these situations, it is more ideal to build indexes in the background. To achieve this we can use the deferred boolean option, and set it to true.

      Deferring index creation
      try {
      	// Create a deferred index
      	CreateQueryIndexOptions createOpts = CreateQueryIndexOptions.createQueryIndexOptions()
      	queryIndexMgr.createIndex("travel-sample", "tenant_agent_01_users_phone",
      			Arrays.asList("preferred_phone"), createOpts);
      	// Build any deferred indexes within `travel-sample`.tenant_agent_01.users
      	BuildQueryIndexOptions deferredOpts = BuildQueryIndexOptions.buildDeferredQueryIndexesOptions()
      	queryIndexMgr.buildDeferredIndexes("travel-sample", deferredOpts);
      	// Wait for indexes to come online
      	WatchQueryIndexesOptions watchOpts = WatchQueryIndexesOptions.watchQueryIndexesOptions()
      	queryIndexMgr.watchIndexes("travel-sample", Arrays.asList("tenant_agent_01_users_phone"), 
      			Duration.ofSeconds(60), watchOpts);
      } catch (IndexExistsException e) {
      	System.out.println("Index already exists");

      To delete a query index you can use the dropIndex() or dropPrimaryIndex() methods. Which one you use depends on the type of query index you wish to drop from the database.

      Deleting an index
      DropPrimaryQueryIndexOptions primaryIndexOpts = DropPrimaryQueryIndexOptions.dropPrimaryQueryIndexOptions()
      queryIndexMgr.dropPrimaryIndex("travel-sample", primaryIndexOpts);
      // Drop a secondary index
      DropQueryIndexOptions indexOpts = DropQueryIndexOptions.dropQueryIndexOptions()
      queryIndexMgr.dropIndex("travel-sample", "tenant_agent_01_users_email", indexOpts);

      Views Management

      Views are stored in design documents. The SDK provides convenient methods to create, retrieve, and remove design documents. To set up views, you create design documents that contain one or more view definitions, and then insert the design documents into a bucket. Each view in a design document is represented by a name and a set of MapReduce functions. The mandatory map function describes how to select and transform the data from the bucket, and the optional reduce function describes how to aggregate the results.

      In the SDK, design documents are represented by the DesignDocument and View objects. All operations on design documents are performed on the ViewIndexManager instance:

      Cluster cluster = Cluster.connect("localhost", "Administrator", "password");
      Bucket bucket = cluster.bucket("travel-sample");
      ViewIndexManager viewMgr = bucket.viewIndexes();

      The following example upserts a design document with two views:

      Map<String, View> views = new HashMap<>();
      	new View("function (doc, meta) { if (doc.type == 'landmark') { emit([,], null); } }")
      	new View(
      		"function (doc, meta) { if (doc.type == 'landmark') { emit([,], null); } }",
      DesignDocument designDocument = new DesignDocument("landmarks", views);
      viewMgr.upsertDesignDocument(designDocument, DesignDocumentNamespace.DEVELOPMENT);

      When you want to update an existing document with a new view (or a modification of a view’s definition), you can use the upsertDesignDocument method.

      However, this method needs the list of views in the document to be exhaustive, meaning that if you just create the new view definition as previously and add it to a new design document that you upsert, all your other views will be erased!

      The solution is to perform a getDesignDocument, add your view definition to the DesignDocument’s views list, then upsert it. This also works with view modifications, provided the change is in the map or reduce functions (just reuse the same name for the modified view), or for deletion of one out of several views in the document.

      Note the use of DesignDocumentNamespace.DEVELOPMENT, the other option is DesignDocumentNamespace.PRODUCTION. This parameter specifies whether the design document should be created as development, or as production — with the former running over only a small fraction of the documents.

      Now that we’ve created a design document we can fetch it:

      DesignDocument designDocument = viewMgr.getDesignDocument("landmarks", DesignDocumentNamespace.DEVELOPMENT);

      We’ve created the design document using DesignDocumentNamespace.DEVELOPMENT and now want to push it to production, we can do this with:


      To remove this design document:

      viewMgr.dropDesignDocument("landmarks", DesignDocumentNamespace.PRODUCTION);