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.tx Add Hungarian locale (#6260) Aug 12, 2018
app FIX: category-drop initial state was incorrect (#6743) Dec 10, 2018
bin DEV: always run migrations for plugins in dev Dec 6, 2018
config DEV: update mini profiler Dec 10, 2018
db REFACTOR: Migrate TwitterAuthenticator to use ManagedAuthenticator (#… Dec 7, 2018
docs Update mention of default Digital Ocean distro (#6727) Dec 5, 2018
images fix image location Sep 11, 2014
lib DEV: nuke code dependent comments from scheduler.rake Dec 10, 2018
log Initial release of Discourse Feb 5, 2013
packaging/debian Fix .pkgr.yml so that discourse can be packaged with https://pkgr.io. Mar 26, 2014
plugins DEV: Don't publish post messages to non-human users. Dec 6, 2018
public Update translations Oct 12, 2018
script FEATURE: option to use ruby-bbcode-to-md in bulk import script Dec 10, 2018
spec Add test to check if posts are auto rebaked by PeriodicalUpdates job … Dec 10, 2018
test FIX: category-drop initial state was incorrect (#6743) Dec 10, 2018
vendor UX: replace FA5 compress/expand icons Dec 4, 2018
.codeclimate.yml FEATURE: Replace composer editor with ember version Nov 6, 2015
.editorconfig Set trim_trailing_whitespace false for markdown Jun 25, 2016
.env.sample Basic Heroku integration Mar 13, 2013
.eslintignore FEATURE: discourse-cronos is now a core plugin May 3, 2018
.eslintrc DEV: enable no-alert & no-console eslint rules Nov 14, 2018
.gitattributes Use proper encoding for email fixtures. Feb 21, 2018
.gitignore ignore maxmind db Oct 10, 2018
.overcommit.yml DEV: Run bundler and yarn and check YAML files in overcommit hooks Sep 27, 2018
.pkgr.yml Fix .pkgr.yml so that discourse can be packaged with https://pkgr.io. Mar 26, 2014
.prettierignore adds package.json to prettier ignore list Jul 4, 2018
.rspec Initial release of Discourse Feb 5, 2013
.rubocop.yml Update Rubocop to 0.60 Dec 4, 2018
.ruby-gemset.sample rvm has offically depreicated .rvmrc and recommends using .ruby-versi… May 23, 2013
.ruby-version.sample Update to latest Ruby release Nov 27, 2018
.travis.yml DEV: run linter on Travis (#6595) Nov 12, 2018
Brewfile FIX: brewfile was out of date Mar 1, 2018
CONTRIBUTING.md Proper long form for CLA Sep 10, 2015
COPYRIGHT.txt fix trademark Jun 26, 2013
Dangerfile FIX: make danger locale warning work with plugin locales (#6639) Nov 21, 2018
Gemfile DEV: upgrade Rails to version 5.2.2 Dec 10, 2018
Gemfile.lock DEV: update mini profiler Dec 10, 2018
LICENSE.txt Initial release of Discourse Feb 5, 2013
Procfile Standardize on 'worker' for sidekiq Procfile entry (expected by build… Oct 8, 2013
README.md Update required Ruby version in documentation Nov 9, 2018
Rakefile Add rubocop to our build. (#5004) Jul 28, 2017
adminjs Initial release of Discourse Feb 5, 2013
config.ru FEATURE: allow plugins to easily detect if running in Rack Nov 15, 2017
d add wrappers for mailcatcher and sidekiq Dec 12, 2016
discourse.sublime-project DEV: Exclude i18n .yml files from Sublime Text project. (#6473) Oct 10, 2018
jsapp Initial release of Discourse Feb 5, 2013
package.json Upgrade to FontAwesome 5 (take two) (#6673) Nov 26, 2018
yarn.lock Upgrade to FontAwesome 5 (take two) (#6673) Nov 26, 2018



Discourse is the 100% open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. Use it as a:

  • mailing list
  • discussion forum
  • long-form chat room

To learn more about the philosophy and goals of the project, visit discourse.org.


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Browse lots more notable Discourse instances.


To get your environment setup, follow the community setup guide for your operating system.

  1. If you're on macOS, try the macOS development guide.
  2. If you're on Ubuntu, try the Ubuntu development guide.
  3. If you're on Windows, try the Windows 10 development guide.

If you're familiar with how Rails works and are comfortable setting up your own environment, you can also try out the Discourse Advanced Developer Guide, which is aimed primarily at Ubuntu and macOS environments.

Before you get started, ensure you have the following minimum versions: Ruby 2.5+, PostgreSQL 10+, Redis 2.6+. If you're having trouble, please see our TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE first!

Setting up Discourse

If you want to set up a Discourse forum for production use, see our Discourse Install Guide.

If you're looking for business class hosting, see discourse.org/buy.


Discourse is built for the next 10 years of the Internet, so our requirements are high:

Browsers Tablets Phones
Safari 6.1+ iPad 3+ iOS 8+
Google Chrome 32+ Android 4.3+ Android 4.3+
Internet Explorer 11+
Firefox 27+

Built With

  • Ruby on Rails — Our back end API is a Rails app. It responds to requests RESTfully in JSON.
  • Ember.js — Our front end is an Ember.js app that communicates with the Rails API.
  • PostgreSQL — Our main data store is in Postgres.
  • Redis — We use Redis as a cache and for transient data.

Plus lots of Ruby Gems, a complete list of which is at /master/Gemfile.


Build Status

Discourse is 100% free and open source. We encourage and support an active, healthy community that accepts contributions from the public – including you!

Before contributing to Discourse:

  1. Please read the complete mission statements on discourse.org. Yes we actually believe this stuff; you should too.
  2. Read and sign the Electronic Discourse Forums Contribution License Agreement.
  3. Dig into CONTRIBUTING.MD, which covers submitting bugs, requesting new features, preparing your code for a pull request, etc.
  4. Always strive to collaborate with mutual respect.
  5. Not sure what to work on? We've got some ideas.

We look forward to seeing your pull requests!


We take security very seriously at Discourse; all our code is 100% open source and peer reviewed. Please read our security guide for an overview of security measures in Discourse, or if you wish to report a security issue.

The Discourse Team

The original Discourse code contributors can be found in AUTHORS.MD. For a complete list of the many individuals that contributed to the design and implementation of Discourse, please refer to the official Discourse blog and GitHub's list of contributors.

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Copyright 2014 - 2018 Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc.

Licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2.0 (or later); you may not use this work except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License in the LICENSE file, or at:


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