BackMeUp v1 Web Frontent Play Prototype
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Welcome to the BackMeUp Prototype

The aim of the BackMeUp Prototype is to provide a scalable personal data backup platform. The BackMeUp Prototype will allow users to create backups of their personal data that is scattered across the Web (e.g. on social networks, Web mail services, cloud storage provides or media sharing sites).

BackMeUp will feature a modular architecture in which new services can be supported through connector plugins. In addition to backup, users will also be able to schedule more complex processing workflows, including e.g. encryption or data normalization/format conversion tasks.


The BackMeUp Prototype is built with the Play Framework. Instructions on how to set up Play on your machine are available here.

Getting Started

  1. Change to the project folder to which you cloned the project repository

  2. Set up your local configuration: change to the folder /conf and...

    • create a copy of the file application.conf.template named application.conf. (Please DO create a copy and DON'T just rename the original file - otherwise you might accidentially delete the .template file from the repository with your next commit!) You can edit this file according to your local environment (e.g. set up a database connection instead of the default in-memory database, use a Hadoop Distributed File System for backup storage, etc.) but to get started, the default config should be fine.
    • create a copy of the file inital-data.yml.template named inital-data.yml. (Again, DO create a copy, DON'T just rename the file!) You can edit this file to set up the initial data the application is bootstrapped with, but the defaults are sufficient to get you started.
  3. Type play dependencies (or play deps) to resolve and download the managed dependencies.

  4. Type play run to start the prototype. The application will be at http://localhost:9080/ You can log in to the application using a pre-set test account (username 'guest', password 'guest').

  5. Typing play eclipsify (or play ec) will generate an Eclipse project.


For server deployment, you can generate a standard Java Web archive (.war) file. To do this, change into the application's parent folder and type

play war backmeup-prototype -o backmeup-prototype --zip

Further Information

More technical and developer information is begin made available in the Wiki.