A platform for storing and organising information and documentation. General information and documentation for BookStack can be found at https://www.bookstackapp.com/.
- Installation Instructions
- Demo Instance
- BookStack Blog
BookStack is an opinionated wiki system that provides a pleasant and simple out of the box experience. New users to an instance should find the experience intuitive and only basic word-processing skills should be required to get involved in creating content on BookStack. The platform should provide advanced power features to those that desire it but they should not interfere with the core simple user experience.
BookStack is not designed as an extensible platform to be used for purposes that differ to the statement above.
In regards to development philosophy, BookStack has a relaxed, open & positive approach. Put simply, At the end of the day this is free software developed and maintained by people donating their own free time.
Development & Testing
All development on BookStack is currently done on the master branch. When it's time for a release the master branch is merged into release with built & minified CSS & JS then tagged at its version. Here are the current development requirements:
- Node.js v6.9+
# Build assets for development npm run build # Build and minify assets for production npm run production # Build for dev (With sourcemaps) and watch for changes npm run dev
BookStack has many integration tests that use Laravel's built-in testing capabilities which makes use of PHPUnit. To use you will need PHPUnit installed and accessible via command line. There is a
mysql_testing database defined within the app config which is what is used by PHPUnit. This database is set with the following database name, user name and password defined as
bookstack-test. You will have to create that database and credentials before testing.
The testing database will also need migrating and seeding beforehand. This can be done with the following commands:
php artisan migrate --database=mysql_testing php artisan db:seed --class=DummyContentSeeder --database=mysql_testing
Once done you can run
phpunit in the application root directory to run all tests.
As part of BookStack v0.14 support for translations has been built in. All text strings can be found in the
resources/lang folder where each language option has its own folder. To add a new language you should copy the
en folder to an new folder (eg.
fr for french) then go through and translate all text strings in those files, leaving the keys and file-names intact. If a language string is missing then the
en translation will be used. To show the language option in the user preferences language drop-down you will need to add your language to the options found at the bottom of the
resources/lang/en/settings.php file. A system-wide language can also be set in the
.env file like so:
You will also need to add the language to the
locales array in the
There is a script available which compares translation content to
en files to see what items are missing or redundant. This can be ran like so from your BookStack install folder:
# Syntax php resources/lang/check.php <lang> # Examples php resources/lang/check.php fr php resources/lang/check.php pt_BR
Some strings have colon-prefixed variables in such as
:userName. Leave these values as they are as they will be replaced at run-time.
Contributing & Maintenence
Feel free to create issues to request new features or to report bugs and problems. Just please follow the template given when creating the issue.
The project's code of conduct can be found here.
PHP code within BookStack is generally to PSR-2 standards. From the BookStack root folder you can run
./vendor/bin/phpcs to check code is formatted correctly and
./vendor/bin/phpcbf to auto-fix non-PSR-2 code.
Pull requests are very welcome. If the scope of your pull request is large it may be best to open the pull request early or create an issue for it to discuss how it will fit in to the project and plan out the merge.
Pull requests should be created from the
master branch and should be merged back into
master once done. Please do not build from or request a merge into the
release branch as this is only for publishing releases.
resources/assets. Any CSS or JS files within
public are built from these source files and therefore should not be edited directly.
Website, Docs & Blog
The website project docs & Blog can be found in the BookStackApp/website repo.
The BookStack source is provided under the MIT License.
The great people that have worked to build and improve BookStack can be seen here.
These are the great open-source projects used to help build BookStack: