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The first crowdfunding platform from Brazil

An open source crowdfunding platform for creative projects

Welcome to Catarse's source code repository. Our goal with opening the source code is to stimulate the creation of a community of developers around a high-quality crowdfunding platform.

You can see the software in action in The official repo is

Getting started

Quick Installation

IMPORTANT: Make sure you have postgresql-contrib (Aditional Modules) installed on your system.

$ git clone
$ cd catarse
$ cp config/database.sample.yml config/database.yml
$ vim config/database.yml 
# change username/password and save
$ bundle install
$ rake db:create db:migrate db:seed
$ rails server 


We hope to support a lot of languages in the future. So we are willing to accept pull requests with translations to other languages.

Thanks a lot to Daniel Walmsley, from, for starting the internationalization and beginning the english translation.

Payment gateways

Currently, we support MoIP and PayPal through our payment engines. Payment engines are extensions to Catarse that implement a specific payment gateway logic. The two current working engines are:

  • MoIP
  • PayPal

If you have created a different payment engine to Catarse please contact us so we can link your engine here. If you want to create a payment engine please join our mailing list at

How to contribute with code

Before contributing, take a look at our Roadmap ( and discuss your plans in our mailing list (

Our pivotal is concerned with user visible features using user stories. But we do have some features not visible to users that are planned such as:

  • Turn Catarse into a Rails Engine with customizable views.
  • Make a installer script to guide users through initial Catarse configuration.

After that, just fork the project, change what you want, and send us a pull request.

Coding style

  • We prefer the {foo: 'bar'} over {:foo => 'bar'}
  • We prefer the ->(foo){ bar(foo) } over lambda{|foo| bar(foo) }

Best practices (or how to get your pull request accepted faster)

We use RSpec for the tests, and the best practices are:

  • Create one acceptance tests for each scenario of the feature you are trying to implement.
  • Create model and controller tests to keep 100% of code coverage at least in the new parts that you are writing.
  • Feel free to add specs to the code that is already in the repository without the proper coverage ;)
  • Regard the existing tests for a style guide, we try to use implicit spec subjects and lazy evaluation as often as we can.


Author: Daniel Weinmann

Contributors: You know who you are ;) The commit history can help, but the list was getting bigger and pointless to keep in the README.


Copyright (c) 2011 Softa

Licensed under the MIT license (see MIT-LICENSE file)