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About this project

Signing documents digitally should be fast and easy and should be the best practice for every document signed worldwide.

This is technically quite easy today, but it also introduces a new party to every signature: The signing tool providers. While this is not a problem in itself, it should make us think about how we want these providers of trust to work.

Documenso aims to be the world's most trusted document-signing tool. This trust is built by empowering you to self-host Documenso and review how it works under the hood.

Join us in creating the next generation of open trust infrastructure.

Recognition

Documenso - The open source DocuSign alternative | Product Hunt Documenso - The Open Source DocuSign Alternative. | Product Hunt

Community and Next Steps 🎯

We're currently working on a redesign of the application, including a revamp of the codebase, so Documenso can be more intuitive to use and robust to develop upon.

  • Check out the first source code release in this repository and test it.
  • Tell us what you think in the Discussions.
  • Join the Discord server for any questions and getting to know to other community members.
  • ⭐ the repository to help us raise awareness.
  • Spread the word on Twitter that Documenso is working towards a more open signing tool.
  • Fix or create issues, that are needed for the first production release.

Contributing

Contact us

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Tech Stack

Local Development

Requirements

To run Documenso locally, you will need

  • Node.js (v18 or above)
  • Postgres SQL Database
  • Docker (optional)

Developer Quickstart

Note: This is a quickstart for developers. It assumes that you have both docker and docker-compose installed on your machine.

Want to get up and running quickly? Follow these steps:

  1. Fork this repository to your GitHub account.

After forking the repository, clone it to your local device by using the following command:

git clone https://github.com/<your-username>/documenso
  1. Set up your .env file using the recommendations in the .env.example file. Alternatively, just run cp .env.example .env to get started with our handpicked defaults.

  2. Run npm run dx in the root directory

    • This will spin up a postgres database and inbucket mailserver in a docker container.
  3. Run npm run dev in the root directory

  4. Want it even faster? Just use

npm run d

Access Points for Your Application

  1. App - http://localhost:3000

  2. Incoming Mail Access - http://localhost:9000

  3. Database Connection Details

    • Port: 54320
    • Connection: Use your favorite database client to connect using the provided port.
  4. S3 Storage Dashboard - http://localhost:9001

Developer Setup

Manual Setup

Follow these steps to setup Documenso on your local machine:

  1. Fork this repository to your GitHub account.

After forking the repository, clone it to your local device by using the following command:

git clone https://github.com/<your-username>/documenso
  1. Run npm i in the root directory

  2. Create your .env from the .env.example. You can use cp .env.example .env to get started with our handpicked defaults.

  3. Set the following environment variables:

    • NEXTAUTH_URL
    • NEXTAUTH_SECRET
    • NEXT_PUBLIC_WEBAPP_URL
    • NEXT_PUBLIC_MARKETING_URL
    • NEXT_PRIVATE_DATABASE_URL
    • NEXT_PRIVATE_DIRECT_DATABASE_URL
    • NEXT_PRIVATE_SMTP_FROM_NAME
    • NEXT_PRIVATE_SMTP_FROM_ADDRESS
  4. Create the database schema by running npm run prisma:migrate-dev

  5. Run npm run dev in the root directory to start

  6. Register a new user at http://localhost:3000/signup


  • Optional: Seed the database using npm run prisma:seed -w @documenso/prisma to create a test user and document.
  • Optional: Create your own signing certificate.

Run in Gitpod

  • Click below to launch a ready-to-use Gitpod workspace in your browser.

Open in Gitpod

Run in DevContainer

We support DevContainers for VSCode. Click here to get started.

Video walkthrough

If you're a visual learner and prefer to watch a video walkthrough of setting up Documenso locally, check out this video:

Watch the video

Docker

🚧 Docker containers and images are current in progress. We are actively working on bringing a simple Docker build and publish pipeline for Documenso.

Self Hosting

We support a variety of deployment methods, and are actively working on adding more. Stay tuned for updates!

Please note that the below deployment methods are for v0.9, we will update these to v1.0 once it has been released.

Fetch, configure, and build

First, clone the code from Github:

git clone https://github.com/documenso/documenso.git

Then, inside the documenso folder, copy the example env file:

cp .env.example .env

The following environment variables must be set:

  • NEXTAUTH_URL
  • NEXTAUTH_SECRET
  • NEXT_PUBLIC_WEBAPP_URL
  • NEXT_PUBLIC_MARKETING_URL
  • NEXT_PRIVATE_DATABASE_URL
  • NEXT_PRIVATE_DIRECT_DATABASE_URL
  • NEXT_PRIVATE_SMTP_FROM_NAME
  • NEXT_PRIVATE_SMTP_FROM_ADDRESS

If you are using a reverse proxy in front of Documenso, don't forget to provide the public URL for both NEXTAUTH_URL and NEXT_PUBLIC_WEBAPP_URL variables!

Now you can install the dependencies and build it:

npm i
npm run build:web
npm run prisma:migrate-deploy

Finally, you can start it with:

npm run start

This will start the server on localhost:3000. For now, any reverse proxy can then do the frontend and SSL termination.

If you want to run with another port than 3000, you can start the application with next -p <ANY PORT> from the apps/web folder.

Run as a service

You can use a systemd service file to run the app. Here is a simple example of the service running on port 3500 (using 3000 by default):

[Unit]
Description=documenso
After=network.target

[Service]
Environment=PATH=/path/to/your/node/binaries
Type=simple
User=www-data
WorkingDirectory=/var/www/documenso/apps/web
ExecStart=/usr/bin/next start -p 3500
TimeoutSec=15
Restart=always

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

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Troubleshooting

I'm not receiving any emails when using the developer quickstart.

When using the developer quickstart, an Inbucket server will be spun up in a docker container that will store all outgoing emails locally for you to view.

The Web UI can be found at http://localhost:9000, while the SMTP port will be on localhost:2500.

Support IPv6

If you are deploying to a cluster that uses only IPv6, You can use a custom command to pass a parameter to the Next.js start command

For local docker run

docker run -it documenso:latest npm run start -- -H ::

For k8s or docker-compose

containers:
  - name: documenso
    image: documenso:latest
    imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
    command:
      - npm
    args:
      - run
      - start
      - --
      - -H
      - '::'

I can't see environment variables in my package scripts.

Wrap your package script with the with:env script like such:

npm run with:env -- npm run myscript

The same can be done when using npx for one of the bin scripts:

npm run with:env -- npx myscript

This will load environment variables from your .env and .env.local files.

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