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DevHive is the social network solution for programmers. In it you can make posts to share with your friends, comment and more.

This is the back-end portion of the project, built with ASP.NET Core. For the front-end, refer to DevHive-Angular.

In the docs folder you can find relevenat information and documentation about this project. You can also find our Privacy Policy.


Setting up locally

There currently aren't any demo instances, so the only way to try it out for yourself it to set it up locally, on a computer or server. In this section are explained the steps to do so.

The steps are oriented around Linux-based systems.


There are some tools you need to setup before even downloading the app:

Getting started with the database

After installing all of the tools and setting up the database, you should have a user with a password with which to access postgres and you should have created a database for the API. If so, follow these steps:

  1. Clone the repository: git clone
  2. Navigate to the folder, in which you cloned it, and then go to src/Data/DevHive.Data
  3. Edit the file ConnectionString.json and replace the default values with what you've setup
  4. In the same directory, run dotnet ef database update

Starting up

  1. Navigate to the src/Web/DevHive.Web folder
  2. Edit the appsettings.json file, under "ConnectionStrings", type in the values, you setup in ConnectionString.json
    • On the third row there is a "signingKey" field, it's used for encryption of User passwords. It must be made up of 64 letters and number! On the next two rows you also need to set a "validationIssuer" and "audience", you can set these values to whatever you want.
    • There are also some cloud values that you can change. Currently, the project uses Cloudinary as a place for uploading files. If you wish, you can setup your own account there, otherwise file uploading won't work.
  3. Run dotnet run

If everything went well, you can now access the API on http://localhost:5000/api with something like Postman or the FOSS alternative Insomnia Designer. On where to send requests, refer to the "API-Endpoints" page in docs.

Important notes

You can change on what port the API is ran, by changing the HTTP_PORT constant in src/Web/DevHive.Web/Program.cs. If you do so, you must also update the front-end, because by default it will try to send requests to http://localhost:5000.