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DeployBoard works on a Fork & Pull based system.

If you want to implement a new feature, or fix an existing bug, first search our open issues to see if an issue already exists.

If you find an existing issue, please first comment on the issue that you are going to work on. This helps reduce duplicated work.

If you do not find an existing issue, please open a new issue filling out the provided issue templates before starting work.


Of course, you are free to use whatever editor and environment you like.

DeployBoard uses React for the frontend, NodeJS/Express for the backend api, and MongoDB as the database.


The following commands are run from the project root.


To ensure we all have the same development environment, we use Volta. We provide a volta config in the root package.json file that specifies the version of node and npm that we use for the entire project. See Volta's Installation guide to set that up.


You are free to use any other manager, just ensure the versions match what is in the volta config.

Use Volta to install node and npm

# Install the specified versions of node and npm, and also install turbo.
volta install node npm turbo


Notice we install turbo in the volta install command, this is because DeployBoard is a monorepo that uses Turborepo to manage the apps within the repo.

NPM Install

From here we can simply run npm install to install all of the dependencies for all of the applications.

Run Dev

If you notice the commands in the package.json actually run turbo mapped to commands in the turbo.json file. You can look in the turbo.json file if you are interested in what is happening.

npm run dev

The application should be running now at localhost:3000, but you still need to start and seed the database before you can log in.

Start the DB

We use Docker to run a local copy of MongoDB, but we provide an npm script via npm to start it.

npm run mongo


Since the database is started as a Docker container, if you want to stop Mongo, you will need to run a separate docker stop mongo command.

Seed the DB

We also provide an npm script to seed the database with the seed user and some randomized sample data.

npm run seed


Once you have the database seeded, you will be able to log in.

The usernames created as part of the seed script are:

  • admin@seed.seed (role: Admin)
  • editor@seed.seed (role: Editor)
  • viewer@seed.seed (role: Viewer)

The password provided for all development users is the string Password123.


Disabled users are also created for each role. The disabled users were created for testing access controls.

API Keys are also created, you can find them at localhost:3000/account/apikeys.

Build the app

After testing in the Dev environment, we want to create a production ready build to verify everything still works.

# Build the app
npm run build

# Start the app from the built bundle
npm run start

Since the built app uses the same database, you don't need to restart the DB or re-run the seed script, the previous credentials should still work.




Docs are hosted via Docker, and can be started with an npm script like the Mongo database.

npm run docs


Just like the MongoDB container, we will need to stop the Docs container separately with docker stop docs


TODO: Set up a pre-commit library.