Couchbase C Client  3.3.12
Asynchronous C Client for Couchbase
Interface Attributes

Libcouchbase tries to follow the release early, release often philosophy. As part of that we want people to be able to try out new interfaces before we "stick" to them. Unfortunately this means that we discover that we need to change them in incompatible ways.

To aid developers to make reasonable decisions on how likely we are to change these interfaces all functions in libcouchbase have an associated Interface Stability tag. If you find undocumented structs, functions or files you should not use them. They may be changed in incompatible ways without any notice. Unless explicitly noted the interface stability applies to both source code and binaries.

This is a standard definition across all official Couchbase Server SDKs.

See also

The following classifications exist:


A committed interface is the highest grade of stability, and is the preferred attribute level for consumers of the library. Couchbase tries at best effort to preseve committed interfaces between major versions of libcouchbase, and changes to committed interfaces within a major version is highly exceptional. Such exceptions may include situations where the interface may lead to data corruption, security holes etc.

This is the default interface level for an API, unless the API is specifically marked otherwise.


No commitment is made about the interface (in binary or source form). It may be changed in incompatible ways and dropped from one release to another. The difference between an uncommitted interface and a volatile interface is its maturity and likelyhood of being changed. Uncommitted interfaces may mature into committed interfaces.


Volatile interfaces can change at any time and for any reason.

Interfaces may be volatile for reasons including:

  • Interface depends on specific implementation detail within the library which may change in the future.
  • Interface depends on specific implementation detail within the server which may change in the future.
  • Interface has been introduced as part of a trial phase for the specific feature.


The interface is subject to be removed from future versions of libcouchbase. Interfaces may be deprecated for a variety of reasons, such as specific bugs found within the API itself, or a more uniform and/or direct method of achieving the same goal.


Internal interfaces are used internally in libcouchbase and should not be used elsewhere. Doing so may cause libcouchbase to misbehave.

Unless otherwise noted, any API not found in the <include/libcouchbase> directory is considered to be internal.

Some earlier versions of libcouchbase may have listed APIs as private, when the intended term in the taxonomy is internal.

The listing of interfaces may be found here: