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Cockpit Starter Kit

Scaffolding for a Cockpit module.

Getting and building the source

Make sure you have npm available (usually from your distribution package). These commands check out the source and build it into the dist/ directory:

git clone https://github.com/cockpit-project/starter-kit.git
cd starter-kit


make install compiles and installs the package in /usr/share/cockpit/. The convenience targets srpm and rpm build the source and binary rpms, respectively. Both of these make use of the dist-gzip target, which is used to generate the distribution tarball. In production mode, source files are automatically minified and compressed. Set NODE_ENV=production if you want to duplicate this behavior.

For development, you usually want to run your module straight out of the git tree. To do that, link that to the location were cockpit-bridge looks for packages:

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/cockpit
ln -s `pwd`/dist ~/.local/share/cockpit/starter-kit

After changing the code and running make again, reload the Cockpit page in your browser.

Running eslint

Cockpit Starter Kit uses ESLint to automatically check JavaScript code style in .jsx and .es6 files.

The linter is executed within every build as a webpack preloader.

For developer convenience, the ESLint can be started explicitly by:

$ npm run eslint

Violations of some rules can be fixed automatically by:

$ npm run eslint:fix

Rules configuration can be found in the .eslintrc.json file.

Automated Testing

Run make check to build an RPM, install it into a standard Cockpit test VM (centos-7 by default), and run the test/check-application integration test on it. This uses Cockpit's Chrome DevTools Protocol based browser tests, through a Python API abstraction. Note that this API is not guaranteed to be stable, so if you run into failures and don't want to adjust tests, consider checking out Cockpit's test/common from a tag instead of master (see the test/common target in Makefile).

After the test VM is prepared, you can manually run the test without rebuilding the VM, possibly with extra options for tracing and halting on test failures (for interactive debugging):

TEST_OS=centos-7 test/check-application -tvs

You can also run the test against a different Cockpit image, for example:

TEST_OS=fedora-28 make check


This directory contains a Vagrantfile that installs and starts cockpit on a Fedora 26 cloud image. Run vagrant up to start it and vagrant rsync to synchronize the dist directory to /usr/local/share/cockit/starter-kit. Use vagrant rsync-auto to automatically sync when contents of the dist directory change.


After cloning the Starter Kit you should rename the files, package names, and labels to your own project's name. Use these commands to find out what to change:

find -iname '*starter*'
git grep -i starter

Automated release

Once your cloned project is ready for a release, you should consider automating that. Cockpituous release aims to fully automate project releases to GitHub, Fedora, Ubuntu, COPR, Docker Hub, and other places. The intention is that the only manual step for releasing a project is to create a signed tag for the version number; pushing the tag then triggers a GitHub webhook that calls a set of release scripts (on Cockpit's CI infrastructure).

starter-kit includes an example cockpitous release script that builds an upstream release tarball and source RPM. Please see the above cockpituous documentation for details.

Further reading