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What are Revisions

RavenDB can create snapshots of the documents (and their attachments) upon every document (or attachment) update or deletion. This feature can be very useful when historic records of the documents are needed e.g. for full audit trails.


Configuration can be set either per collection or for all collections (known as 'default configuration'). The 'default configuration' is applied only if collection-specific configuration is not present or enabled.

The following three options are available for each configuration:

  • Purge on delete - when this option is active then on document deletion all of the revisions will be also removed
  • Limit # of revisions - the database can limit number of revisions to the given number (old ones will be removed)
  • Limit # of revisions per age - database will keep revisions at least for the provided time (takes precedence over '# of revisions' option)