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Forsta Compliance Monitor

This is a bot that performs secure autonomous monitoring of an entire organization's messaging traffic, watching for messages that should be flagged and forwarded to an interested official in the organization.

This is a descendant of the Forsta Message Vault codebase, which you can use for secure message receipt, processing, storage, and/or transmission on the Forsta messaging platform.

Please see the CHANGELOG for the current set of features!

NPM Change Log License

The Why — Decentralized Data Security

What is important to Forsta is that your messaging data is only accessible to messaging clients that you are in control of, whether the client is an app running on the phone in your pocket, or a bot that is running on a server in your datacenter or the compute cloud of your choice.

Some organizations need to be able perform forensic e-discovery on past messages. Others may need to be able to automatically monitor for transmission of sensitive information. Or maybe they want something to automatically deliver sensitive information, or answer help-desk questions and handle after-hours inquires. Or individual users might want to be able to securely access their own message histories after buying a new phone and reinstalling their messaging client.

There are countless needs like these, and typically they are satisfied using centrally-managed infrastructure that can receive, store, process, and respond to messages as needed. Even systems that have pluggable architectures to facilitate outside development of these sorts of capabilities usually rely on a centralized approach. Unfortunately, the centralized approach provides a tempting, centralized target for outside attackers -- and it also requires users to trust that insiders won't abuse their access to all messages. Forsta is different.

Forsta does not offer anything that depends on centralized receipt, storage, or processing of users’ messaging data. Instead, Forsta makes it trivial for others to run messaging “bots” to perform these functions. These bots are just another kind of messaging client, like the messaging clients running in users’ browsers and on their phones. And just like the other messaging clients, Forsta bots send and receive end-to-end encrypted messages to do their work while running in a context controlled by the user.

Quick Start

These deployment buttons can be used to validate that this compliance monitor will meet your organizations needs with as little setup pain as possible.

Deploy Deploy to Docker Cloud

Install Requirements

  • Node.js 8 (or newer)
  • Ruby
    • sass (gem install sass)


You can choose from our official docker image or NPM package depending on your preference.


To run a stack using docker-compose that includes postgres for storage, just get the docker-compose.yml file from the top level of this repository and

docker-compose up


npm install -g forsta-compliance-monitor

Developer Install

If you want to extend the Forsta Compliance Monitor or just get closer to the code, you can install and run directly from the source code:

git clone
cd compliance-monitor
npm start

You will also need to have an instance of Postgres available. Before running the server, be sure to set the following environment variables:


(That database URL is for the default docker postgres you'll get if you do a make docker-db-run.)


Once running, the default port and listening address are If you are running locally you can access the web interface by opening http://localhost:4096.

You can change the listening address by setting LISTEN_ADDR to a valid host address for your server, E.g. something like localhost or to only accept local connections.

The default listening port can be changed by setting PORT to any valid numeric port, e.g. 8000.

Storage is managed through Forsta librelay which currently supports local filesystem, Redis, and Postgresql. For more information about setting up custom storage see:


Licensed under the GPLv3:

  • Copyright 2015-2016 Open Whisper Systems
  • Copyright 2017-2018 Forsta Inc.