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How do I configure Couchdb to use ssl, I've followed the instructions here with no success.

I generate my own self-signed certificate:

mkdir cert && cd cert
openssl genrsa > privkey.pem
openssl req -new -x509 -key privkey.pem -out mycert.pem -days 1095

I uncomment the relevent lines in /usr/local/etc/couchdb/local.ini

httpsd = {couch_httpd, start_link, [https]}

and point to my certificates

cert_file = /usr/local/etc/couchdb/certs/mycert.pem
key_file = /usr/local/etc/couchdb/certs/privkey.pem

But when I try test it

curl -k -v
* About to connect() to port 6984 (#0)
*   Trying connected
* successfully set certificate verify locations:
*   CAfile: none
  CApath: /etc/ssl/certs
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Client hello (1):
* Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to 
* Closing connection #0
curl: (35) Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to 

I'm really not sure what is wrong.


I've installed couchdb 1.2 from source as per the instructions here.

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probably a typo, but you typed mkdir cert && cd cert and then you have /usr/local/etc/couchdb/cert__s__ in your local.ini. –  thoferon Jan 30 '13 at 16:38

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So I executed the following commands:

# openssl genrsa -out localhost.key 2048

# openssl req -new -x509 -key localhost.key -out localhost.crt -days 3650 -subj /CN=localhost

After that, I configure the the local.ini as follow: (making sure that those certificate files are acessible from couchdb user):

httpsd = {couch_httpd, start_link, [https]}

cert_file = /opt/couchdb/etc/cert/localhost.crt
key_file = /opt/couchdb/etc/cert/localhost.key

When I run this command at my pc, this works fine:

curl -v -k https://localhost:6984/
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