BUILD is an open-source, cloud-based and social platform that enables users, even those with no UI development knowledge, to easily create fully interactive prototypes with realistic data, share them with colleagues and consolidate this feedback without writing a line of code. Please note that we are currently restructuring the site. Watch this …
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Overview of BUILD

BUILD is an open-source, cloud-based, and social platform that enables users with no UI development knowledge to create fully interactive prototypes. Without writing a line of code, you can perform user research, design the UI, include realistic data, and share the prototypes with colleagues. Developers can use the code of the prototype as a jumpstart to quickly create the app.

To view the BUILD getting started click on the image...

For a more detailed description of BUILD, see the BUILD Overview.

User Documentation

Check out the BUILD Support Site for detailed help topics and video tutorials about using BUILD!

What's New in BUILD 0.3?

The BUILD OS community have been busy of the last couple of months and are excited to share our latest updates to BUILD. Our customers have been waiting for a long time, and here it is: the first version of the BUILD UI Composer!

Along with the UI composer comes:

  • Drag-and-drop of UI controls into the prototype canvas.
  • Data modeling, sample data management, and data binding.
  • Smart templates that make UI design quick and easy.
  • A ton of bug fixes and technical improvements.

Make a Contribution

So you want to contribute to BUILD? Good choice! There is lots of scope for contribution, and there's plenty to do! Popular contributions include bug reports, feature requests, and new features. This document describes how to make contributions to any of these modules.

##Getting Started


###Download / Clone

  1. Clone BUILD repo

    git clone
  2. Install required node modules (dependencies) (note, you need to be in the BUILD/ folder within the repo):

    npm install -g grunt-cli
    npm install
  3. Initialize the database(Required just the first time):

     cd server
     node initSchema.js
     node setDefaultAccess.js
     cd ..
  4. Start the BUILD application (for Dev):

     grunt serve

Go to http://localhost:9000 in Chrome browser and click Join

####Admin Settings You can manage your user settings with the Admin module. Install the Admin module here: You can log in to the Admin module using your BUILD account details.

####Debugging the Node.js backend Starting BUILD with "grunt serve" will start the debug server on the default port 5858. You can connect to this debugger session with tools like Webstorm or node-inspector. The easiest and fastest way to debug the Node.js backend is to use node-inspector. You can install node-inspector globally via:

npm install -g node-inspector

and connect then to the running server via

node-inspector --no-preload

The option --no-preload will speed up the initiliziation dramatically as it doesn't preload all source files, but loads them when neccessary.


Having a problem? Create a bug or ask a question using the BUILD Issue Tracker, send a mail to or send a tweet to our twitter account buildwithbuild and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Modules in Build

Foundation Modules

Build Modules

Admin Modules


This project is licensed under the Apache Software License, v. 2 except as noted otherwise in the License file.

Please do not remove this license from cloned or forked versions of BUILD.

###Licenses for Contributors

Legal Notices

View the legal notice about fonts used in Build.

In Memoriam Notice

The BUILD community wishes to dedicate BUILD to the memory of our recently deceased colleague and friend Luan O’Carroll. Luan was a technology innovator and a great promoter of the open source philosophy. He was highly respected for his expertise, passion, curiosity, and his ability to push the boundaries. He is sadly missed.