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Chronas Community Site

Initially built in two and a half days by the team at Thinkmill as a demo for KeystoneJS, it was then a showcase for the Sydney Javascript community - until it was forked for the community site of Chronas.

Getting Started

To run the Chronas site locally, there are a few things to set up.

Because we have some private keys for our MongoDB, Cloudinary and Mandrill accounts, you'll need to set up your own equivalents before the site will run properly.

If you're looking to work on the Chronas site and want access to our accounts, please get in touch

Install Node.js and MongoDB

You'll need node (tested with v6.2.1) and npm installed to run Chronas. The easiest way is to download the installers from

You'll also need MongoDB 2.4.x - if you're on a Mac, the easiest way is to install homebrew and then run brew install mongo.

If you're on a Mac you'll also need Xcode and the Command Line Tools installed or the build process won't work.

Setting up your copy of Chronas

Get a local copy of the site by cloning this repository, or fork it to work on your own copy.

Then run npm install to download the dependencies.

Before you continue, create a file called .env in the root folder of the project (this will be ignored by git). This file is used to emulate the environment config of our production server, in development. Any key=value settings you put in there (one on each line) will be set as environment variables in process.env.

The only line you need to add to your .env file is a valid CLOUDINARY_URL. To get one of these, sign up for a free account at Cloudinary and paste the environment variable if gives you into your .env file. It should look something like this:


Running Chronas

Once you've set up your configuration, run node keystone or npm start to start the server.

By default, Keystone will connect to a new local MongoDB database on your localhost called chronas, and create a new Admin user that you can use to log in with using the email address and the password admin.

If you want to run against a different server or database, add a line to your .env file to set the MONGO_URI environment variable, and restart the site.

When it's all up and running, you should see the message Chronas is ready on port 3000 and you'll be able to browse the site on localhost:3000. for /keystone

Here be dragons errors

or, how you don't have any content yet

The first time you run the site, the homepage will warn you that it expects there to be at least one meetup, and your database won't have any. Don't freak out, just go to /keystone, sign in as the admin user, and create one.

You'll probably want to add some other content too (blog post, members, etc) to get all the pages looking right.

... happy hacking!