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RAM Frontend

This repository contains the user interface of the Rural Accessibility Map, a tool that allows one to assess the accessibility of rural populations in relation to critical services. For more information and an overview of related repositories, please see RAM Backend.

Installation and Usage

The steps below will walk you through setting up a development environment for the frontend.

Install Project Dependencies

To set up the development environment for this website, you'll need to install the following on your system:

  • Node v8 (To manage multiple node versions we recommend nvm)
  • Yarn Package manager

Install Application Dependencies

If you use nvm, activate the desired Node version:

nvm install

Install Node modules:

yarn install


Config files

The config files can be found in app/assets/scripts/config. After installing the project, there will be an empty local.js that you can use to set the config. This file should not be committed.

The configuration is overridable by environment variables, expressed between []:

  • api - The address for the API. [API]
  • iDEditor - The address of the iDEditor. Defaults to the master branch of the RAM fork of iD, hosted on GH Pages. (Default: [IDEDITOR]
  • mbtoken - The Mapbox Token to load map tiles from. [MBTOKEN]
  • rahUrl - The url for the Rural Accessibility Hub. [RAH_URL]
  • roadNetEditMax - Maximum value over which the road network editing is disabled. Must match the value of the same config on the backend. [ROAD_NET_EDIT_MAX]
  • auth - The configuration for optional authentication with Auth0. By default, no authentication is set (Default: {})
  • auth.domain - See instructions below [AUTH_DOMAIN]
  • auth.clientID - See instructions below [AUTH_CLIENTID]
  • auth.redirectUri - See instructions below [AUTH_REDIRECTURI]
  • auth.audience - See instructions below [AUTH_AUDIENCE]


module.exports = {
  api: 'http://localhost:4000',
  idEditor: '',
  mbtoken: 'asfd23rlmksjdf023rnnsafd',
  rahUrl: '' 
  auth: {}

For authentication using Auth0, you must setup a client on Auth0 and get your client key. The API must also be setup as in the API section on Auth0.

The config should have the auth key with the following settings:

auth: {
  domain: '<Auth0 namespace>',
  clientID: <Auth0 client ID>
  redirectUri: 'http://localhost:3000/', # Or your deployment URL at the root
  audience: <API audience>

Starting the app

yarn serve

Compiles the sass files, javascript, and launches the server making the site available at http://localhost:3000/ The system will watch files and execute tasks whenever one of them changes. The site will automatically refresh since it is bundled with livereload.


To prepare the app for deployment run:

yarn build

This will package the app and place all the contents in the dist directory. The app can then be run by any web server.


The RAM frontend is also available in a Docker container. This container builds the site and serves the interface through nginx. Environment variables will be picked up when the container is run:

version: '3'
    image: wbtransport/ram-frontend
      API: ''
      - 8080:80

To run the full RAM stack in Docker, you can use the docker-compose.yml file that's available in the RAM backend repo.

Releasing a new version

The process to release a new version:

  • still on develop, bump the version in package.json
  • set up PR, have somebody do a review and merge develop into master
  • CircleCI will add a new tag to git using the version in package.json
  • if the tagging was successful, CircleCI will build the Docker image, tag it with the version number and push it to Docker Hub. If the tagging failed (because the version wasn't updated in package.json), the build fails

Once this is done, you can add a new release on Github with useful notes that describe it.


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