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Install and Start Using the Python SDK with Couchbase Server

    The Couchbase Python SDK allows Python applications to access a Couchbase cluster. The Python SDK offers a traditional synchronous API as well as integration with twisted, gevent, and asyncio. It depends on the C SDK and utilizes it for performance and reliability.

    Installing on Linux

    For installation on Linux, install the couchbase-release repository, and then install the libcouchbase packages. The following examples download and install couchbase-release repsitory, a C and C++ compiler, the C SDK development files (libcouchbase-devel [RPM] or libcouchbase-dev [DEB]), Python development files, and finally the Python SDK using pip.

    Debian and Ubuntu
    # Only needed during first-time setup:
    wget http://packages.couchbase.com/releases/couchbase-release/couchbase-release-1.0-4-amd64.deb
    sudo dpkg -i couchbase-release-1.0-4-amd64.deb
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install libcouchbase-dev build-essential python-dev python-pip
    sudo pip install couchbase
    RHEL and CentOS
    # Only needed during first-time setup:
    wget http://packages.couchbase.com/releases/couchbase-release/couchbase-release-1.0-4-x86_64.rpm
    sudo rpm -iv couchbase-release-1.0-4-x86_64.rpm
    # Will install or upgrade existing packages
    sudo yum install libcouchbase-devel gcc gcc-c++ python-devel python-pip
    sudo pip install couchbase
    RHEL/CentOS distributions may not provide the python-pip package in the base repositories. It may be found in the EPEL repository.

    Installation on Mac OS X

    To install the library on Mac OS X, first install the de-facto package manager for OS X: homebrew. Once homebrew is configured:

    brew update # get list of latest packages
    brew install libcouchbase
    brew install python
    pip install couchbase
    The above example uses the Python supplied by homebrew and not the vendor-supplied Python which ships with OS X. The Python SDK will still work with the vendor-supplied Python (though pip install may be a privileged command), but it is recommended to use Homebrew’s Python instead.

    Installing on Microsoft Windows

    The Couchbase Python SDK is available as an executable installer for Windows. This contains all the required dependencies, including C SDK development files.

    1. Check your Windows architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) and make sure the required version of Python is installed.

    2. Download the Couchbase Python SDK installer for your platform and Python version from https://pypi.python.org/pypi/couchbase#files.

    3. Run the installer and follow any instructions given.

    Installation by means of pip will not work on Windows.

    Hello Couchbase

    The code snippet below shows how the Python SDK may be used for some common operations.

    from couchbase.cluster import Cluster
    from couchbase.cluster import PasswordAuthenticator
    cluster = Cluster('couchbase://localhost')
    authenticator = PasswordAuthenticator('username', 'password')
    cb = cluster.open_bucket('bucket-name')
    cb.upsert('u:king_arthur', {'name': 'Arthur', 'email': 'kingarthur@couchbase.com', 'interests': ['Holy Grail', 'African Swallows']})
    # OperationResult<RC=0x0, Key=u'u:king_arthur', CAS=0xb1da029b0000>
    # {u'interests': [u'Holy Grail', u'African Swallows'], u'name': u'Arthur', u'email': u'kingarthur@couchbase.com'}
    ## The CREATE PRIMARY INDEX step is only needed the first time you run this script
    cb.n1ql_query('CREATE PRIMARY INDEX ON bucket-name').execute()
    from couchbase.n1ql import N1QLQuery
    row_iter = cb.n1ql_query(N1QLQuery('SELECT name FROM bucket-name WHERE ' +\
    '$1 IN interests', 'African Swallows'))
    for row in row_iter: print(row)
    # {u'name': u'Arthur'}


    To connect to a Couchbase bucket, you must use Couchbase Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). This is fully described in the section Authorization. An authenticator, containing username and password, should be defined, and then passed to the cluster. Following successful authentication, the bucket can be opened.

    from couchbase.cluster import Cluster
    from couchbase.cluster import PasswordAuthenticator
    cluster = Cluster('couchbase://localhost')
    authenticator = PasswordAuthenticator('username', 'password')
    bucket = cluster.open_bucket('bucket-name')

    Once defined, the authenticator can be passed to other clusters, as appropriate.

    See Managing Connections Using the Python SDK with Couchbase Server for more connection options and details about the connection string.

    Document Operations

    Document operations, such as storing and retrieving documents, can be done using simple methods on the Bucket class such as Bucket.get and Bucket.upsert. Simply pass the key (and value, if applicable) to the relevant methods.

    rv = bucket.get('document-id')
    bucket.upsert('document-id', {'application': 'data'})

    N1QL Queries

    Couchbase N1QL queries are performed by creating a N1QLQuery object and passing that to the Bucket.n1ql_query() method:

    from couchbase.n1ql import N1QLQuery
    query = N1QLQuery("""SELECT airportname, city, country FROM `travel-sample` """
                      """WHERE type="airport" AND city=$my_city""", my_city="Reno")
    for row in bucket.n1ql_query(query):

    API Reference

    The API reference is generated for each release and can be found linked from the release notes for your version of the Python SDK. Most of the API documentation can also be accessed via pydoc.

    Release Notes

    Information on new features, fixes, known issues as well as information on how to install older release versions is in the release notes.

    PyPy support

    Because the Python SDK is written primarily in C using the CPython API, the official SDK will not work on PyPy.

    An unofficial module, couchbase_ffi uses ffi rather than the CPython C API to implement the internals of the library, and may be used with pypy.


    Couchbase welcomes community contributions to the Python SDK. The Python SDK source code is available on GitHub.