If you want to contribute to Baserow you need to setup the development environment on
your local computer. The best way to do this is via
docker-compose so that you can start
the app with the least amount of hassle.
If you haven’t already installed docker and docker-compose on your computer you can do so by following the instructions on https://docs.docker.com/desktop/.
If you haven’t already installed git you can do so by following the instructions on https://www.linode.com/docs/development/version-control/how-to-install-git-on-linux-mac-and-windows/.
Once you have finished installing all the required software you should able to run the following commands in your terminal.
$ docker -v Docker version 19.03.8, build afacb8b $ docker-compose -v docker-compose version 1.25.5, build 8a1c60f6 $ git --version git version 2.24.3 (Apple Git-128)
If all commands return something similar as described in the example, then you are ready to proceed!
Note that this has only been tested on MacOS Catalina. If you run into any issues with other operating systems, feel free to contact us via the form on https://baserow.io/contact.
For example purposes I have created a directory in my home folder named
can of course follow the steps in any directory, but in this tutorial I will assume
the working directory is
First we have to clone the repository. Execute the following commands to clone the master branch. If you are not familiar with git clone, this will download a copy of Baserow’s code to your computer.
Note that if you have already started the demo environment once, you might need to to rebuild the images for the development environment by using the command
docker-compose up -d --buildbecause they have container name conflicts.
$ cd ~/baserow $ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:bramw/baserow.git Cloning into 'baserow'... ... $ cd baserow
Now that we have our copy of the repo and have changed directories to the newly
baserow, we can bring up the containers. You just have to execute the
docker-compose command using the
docker-compose.demo.yml file. It might take a
while for the command finishes, this is because the image has to be created from
$ docker network create baserow_default $ docker-compose up -d Building backend ... Starting baserow_db_1 ... done Starting baserow_mjml_1 ... done Starting backend ... done Starting web-frontend ... done
Now that you have your development environment up and running, you need to apply all the database migrations and start the backend’s development server. You need to execute the bash command of the backend container first. Because Baserow is not installed as a dependency you have to use the manage.py file in the source directory.
$ docker exec -it backend bash $ python src/baserow/manage.py migrate Running migrations: ... $ python src/baserow/manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8000
After executing these commands, the server is running. If you visit http://localhost:8000/api/groups/ in your browser you should see the response “Authentication credentials were not provided.” If you want to see the API spec, you can visit http://localhost:8000/api/redoc/.
Now that the backend server is up and running you can start the web-frontend development server. Open a new tab in your terminal and execute the bash command of the web-frontend container first. After that you need to install all the dependencies that the web-frontend app relies on.
$ docker exec -it web-frontend bash $ yarn install $ yarn run dev
Once those commands have executed and the development server is running you can visit http://localhost:3000 in your browser which should show the Baserow login page.
Both the web-frontend and backend containers need to keep running while you are developing. They also monitor file changes and update automatically so you don’t need to worry about reloading. Go and make some changes yourself. You should see the result right away.