# Developer's guide

# Install

  1. Botfront is a Meteor app, so the first step is to install Meteor
  2. Then clone this repo and install the dependencies
git clone https://github.com/botfront/botfront
cd botfront/botfront
meteor npm install


Meteor comes with its own Node.js and NPM. When installing dependencies, it is better to use the Meteor NPM by running meteor npm install than using your local one (npm install)

# Run

  • With default settings: meteor npm start

# Documentation

  • Run the documentation locally: npm run docs:dev
  • Build the documentation : npm run docs:build

The docs are built with Vuepress

# Running and writing tests

You can run our integration test suite with npx cypress run or interactively with npx cypress open

Don't run tests if you have valuable data in your DB

The test suite starts by testing the setup process and will wipe the database.

# Developing with Docker Compose

Follow these instructions to develop Botfront while interacting with all the services exposed by docker-compose:

  1. Create a Botfront project with botfront init
  2. Start your project with botfront up -e botfront. This will run all services except the Botfront app, since you are going to run it with Meteor locallyé
  3. Reset meteor from Botfront root folder with meteor reset (this will wipe the database).
  4. Run Botfront with meteor npm run start:docker-compose.dev. Botfront will be available at http://localhost:3000