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Ting is a chat platform.

  • To learn what the vision for ting is, see /etc/spec/
  • For the technical architecture, see /etc/spec/
  • We have a bug database. Ask for access to our trello board. Pick a bug and fix it.
  • We use and a Facebook chat for development team discussions. Ask for access.

Running Ting

  1. git clone
  2. Set up a MySQL database
  3. Make a copy of config/common.json into config/local.json and add your settings.
  4. Install NodeJS and the dependencies required to run Django installation by running sudo apt-get install python-dev libmysqlclient-dev libffi-dev python-pip nodejs nodejs-legacy. Install yarn.
  5. Make a virtual python environment using virtualenv venv on the API/ folder. We recommend this because the API will use its own copies of python and of the required dependencies, so you can update your libraries in your system without worrying that you might "break" the API. In order to use the virtual environment you only have to run source venv/bin/activate when you want to run python or pip. To deactivate it you can just run deactivate or close the terminal.
  6. Run pip install MySQL-python.
  7. Go to API/ and run pip install -r requirements.txt to install all the dependencies of Django server.
  8. Run the Django server using python runserver inside the API folder. If it asks you to run migrations, do it.
  9. Install the required dependencies for the node server and the client by running yarn install in client/ and realtime/.
  10. Run the node service using node server.js or forever start server.js inside the realtime folder.
  11. Build the client-side bundle with yarn build inside the client folder. Or run yarn build --watch if you plan to edit the client-side source.
  12. Set up nginx to statically serve the client folder.


  • Work on your own fork.
  • Never push to the main repo. Always create a feature branch and pull request.
  • You need an LGTM to merge. All review comments must be resolved even if you have an LGTM.
  • A pull request can be merged by the author or by the reviewer giving the LGTM.
  • Make sure your commits are clean and atomic. Commit messages must be descriptive. Rebase if you have to.



  • Aleksis Brezas
  • Antonis Skarlatos
  • Carolina Alexiou
  • Dimitris Lamprinos
  • Dionysis Zindros
  • Eleni Lixourioti
  • Kostis Karantias
  • Petros Angelatos
  • Vitalis Salis
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