The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced Apache CouchDB 1.6 is now available for download.

CouchDB is a database for the Web. It allows users to store data with JSON documents; access documents and query indexes with their Web browser via HTTP; and index, transform and combine documents with JavaScript. It works with modern mobile and Web apps, and even allows users to serve Web apps directly out of the database.

“CouchDB comes with a suite of features, such as on-the-fly document transformation and real-time change notifications, that makes Web app development a breeze,” the ASF wrote on the CouchDB website. “We care a lot about distributed scaling. CouchDB is highly available and partition-tolerant, but is also eventually consistent. And we care a lot about your data. CouchDB has a fault-tolerant storage engine that puts the safety of your data first.”

Features in the 1.6 release include:
• Support for Erlang/OTP 17.0
• Improved user interface
• Added support for attachments and att_encoding_info options to the view API
• Added support for SOCKS5 proxies for replication
• Ability to perform replications without having to write access to the source database
• Configurable replication checkpoint interval
• Added max_count option
• Increased socket buffer size to enhance replication speed for large attachments and documents
• Improved performance of multipart/related requests
• Fixed CORS exposed headers

More information is available here.