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Parabol is a free open-source SaaS application for running team retrospectives and operating a distributed organization.

We're hiring!

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Curious to learn where this all came from? Each week we publish a distillation of our progress, philosophy, and more in Parabol Focus.

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Stack Information

Action is a Node.js application based upon the Meatier stack:

Concern Solution
Server Node
Server Framework Express
Database RethinkDB
PubSub Redis
Data Transport GraphQL
BidirectionalTransport (WebSocket, SSE, WebRTC, ec) trebuchet
Client Cache Relay
UI Framework React
Styling Emotion
Unit Testing jest
Integration Testing Cypress




  • Node v11+
  • RethinkDB
  • Redis
  • yarn
  • watchman (for Relay)

Source code

$ git clone
$ cd action
$ cp packages/server/.env.example packages/server/.env # Add your own vars here
$ rethinkdb &
$ yarn
$ yarn quickstart

Remember: if RethinkDB is running locally, you can reach its dashboard at http://localhost:8080 by default.


$ yarn dev

Database Migration

$ npm run db:migrate

The database schema version is managed by migrate-rethinkdb. Migration scripts are stored in ./packages/server/database/migrations.

Getting Involved

Parabol offers equity for qualified contributions.

See for more information on how to get involved and how to get compensated.


For details on all releases, refer to


Authored and maintained by Parabol.

Parabol Core Team


Copyright (c) 2016-present, Parabol, Inc.

This codebase is dual-licensed under the GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE, Version 3.0 while holding, at Parabol's sole discretion, the right to create new licenses. For details please read LICENSE.

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