Getting views information

Getting views information

To retrieve views information, access any server node in a cluster on port 8092.

HTTP method and URI

GET /[bucket-name]/_design/[ddoc-name]/_view/[view-name]


  • bucket-name is the name of the bucket.
  • ddoc-name is the name of the design document that contains the view.
  • view-name is the name of the corresponding view within the design document.

Development view, the ddoc-name is prefixed with dev_ . For example, the design document beer is accessible as a development view using dev_beer .

Production views are accessible using their name only.

Request data None
Response data JSON of the rows returned by the view
Authentication required No

Parameters (optional):

Table 1. Views parameters
Parameters Type Description
descending boolean Return the documents in descending by key order.
endkey string Stop returning records when the specified key is reached. Key must be specified as a JSON value.
endkey_docid string Stop returning records when the specified document ID is reached.
full_set boolean Use the full cluster data set (development views only).
group boolean Group the results using the reduce function to a group or single row. Note: Do not use group with group_level because they are not compatible.
group_level numeric Specify the group level to be used. Note: Do not use group_level with group because they are not compatible.
inclusive_end boolean Specifies whether the specified end key is included in the result. Note: Do not use inclusive_end with key or keys .
key string Return only documents that match the specified key. Key must be specified as a JSON value.
keys array Return only documents that match each of keys specified within the given array. Key must be specified as a JSON value. Sorting is not applied when using this option.
limit numeric Limit the number of the returned documents to the specified number.
on_error string Sets the response in the event of an error.
Supported values:
  • continue : Continue to generate view information in the event of an error, including the error information in the view response stream.
  • stop : Stop immediately when an error condition occurs. No further view information is returned.
reduce boolean Use the reduction function.
skip numeric Skip this number of records before starting to return the results.
stale string Allow the results from a stale view to be used.
Supported values:
  • false : Force a view update before returning data.
  • ok : Allow stale views.
  • update_after : Allow stale view, update view after it has been accessed.
startkey string Return records with a value equal to or greater than the specified key. Key must be specified as a JSON value.
startkey_docid string Return records starting with the specified document ID.


Curl request syntax:

GET http://[localhost]:8092/[bucket-name]/_design/[ddoc-name]/_view/[view-name]

To access a view stored within an SASL password-protected bucket, include the bucket name and bucket password within the URL of the request:

GET http://[bucket-name]:[password]@[localhost]:8092/[bucket-name]/_design/[ddoc-name]/_view/[view-name]
Note: Additional arguments to the URL request can be used to select information from the view, and provide limit, sorting and other options.

To output only ten items:

GET http://[localhost]:8092/[bucket-name]/_design/[ddoc-name]/_view/[view-name]?limit=10
Important: The formatting of the URL follows the HTTP specification. The first argument is separated from the base URL using a question mark ( ? ). Additional arguments are separated using an ampersand ( & ). Special characters are quoted or escaped according to the HTTP standard rules.


Curl request example:

In the following example, an empty development view is created with a view name, ruthView, and a design document name, _design/dev_ruth in the bucket, test2.

curl -u Administrator:password -X GET


View responses are JSON structures containing information about the number of rows in the view and the individual view information.

The following shows an empty View result from the previous example.

    "rows": [], 
    "total_rows": 0

The following shows a populated View result:

  "total_rows": 576,
  "rows" : [
      {"value" : 13000, "id" : "James", "key" : ["James", "Paris"] },
      {"value" : 20000, "id" : "James", "key" : ["James", "Tokyo"] },
      {"value" : 5000,  "id" : "James", "key" : ["James", "Paris"] },

The JSON response returns the following fields:

  • total_rows

    A count of the number of rows of information within the stored View. This shows the number of rows in the full View index, not the number of rows in the returned data set.

  • rows

    An array, with each element of the array containing the returned view data, consisting of the value, document ID that generated the row, and the key.

In the event of an error or incorrect parameters, the HTTP response is a JSON structure with a basic error field and a more detailed reason field. For example:

  "reason":"invalid UTF-8 JSON: {{error,{1,\"lexical error: invalid char in json text.\\n\"}},\n\"Paris\"}"
Note: With client libraries, error response behavior might differ between client SDKs, but in all cases, an invalid query triggers an error or exception.