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Graasp Desktop

Cross-platform desktop client for the Graasp ecosystem.

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Official Distributions

You can get the latest official distribution from our GitHub release channel.

Getting Started

To run Graasp Desktop locally you need to have Node and NPM installed in your operating system. We strongly recommend that you also have Yarn. All of the commands that you will see here use yarn, but they have an npm equivalent.

Download or clone the repository to your local machine, preferably using Git.


Inside the project directory, run yarn to install the project dependencies.

You will also need to create a file called .env.local with the following contents.


The GH_TOKEN environment variable is only used for releasing new versions of the Graasp Desktop application. For advanced used, if you want to create your own distribution, you can add your GH_TOKEN here and use electron-builder to manage releases on GitHub.

The REACT_APP_GRAASP_API_HOST variable signals which Graasp API to use, while REACT_APP_GRAASP_HOST determines where to locate Graasp. The values above use the production versions.

Use the REACT_APP_GOOGLE_ANALYTICS_ID environment variable to track Google Analytics and `` to track errors using Sentry.

In order to use the location services for nearby spaces, you will need a GOOGLE_API_KEY, which you can get here.

The BROWSER=none assignment simply tells Electron not to use a browser to load, but instead to use the native OS windows.

When you first run or build the application, a file called env.json will be created under the public/ folder. If you update your .env.local and .env file with values for the variables below, the contents of this file will also update the next time you run or build. This process is handled by scripts/setup.js.

  "SENTRY_DSN": "",

Running Locally

To run Graasp Desktop locally, run yarn start. This will launch an Electron window and the Electron process in terminal.


We welcome contributions!

Installing Dependencies

Make sure you have node and yarn installed on your local machine.

Run yarn from the project directory root to install all dependencies.


We follow the standards put forth by Conventional Commits.

<type>[optional scope]: <description>

[optional body]

[optional footer]


fix: minor typos in code

see the issue for details on the typos fixed

fixes #12


Following the electron-log defaults, logs are written to the following locations:

  • Linux: ~/.config/{app name}/logs/{process type}.log
  • macOS: ~/Library/Logs/{app name}/{process type}.log
  • Windows: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\{app name}\logs\{process type}.log

Deploy and Publish


  • You should try to update all dependencies, particularly any dependencies related to electron and electron-builder as this dependency will create the executable files for every OS.
  • Make sure your .env and .env.test files contain the correct values. Use your own github token GH_TOKEN in order to release the new version with your github account. If you are using the Github Actions, make sure the sensitive data are reported to Github's Secrets and are input in the corresponding workflow.
  • Sign Apple executable files: In order to sign the application and publish it on the mac store, you will need a corresponding Developer ID certificate installed on your apple computer. You need to be part of the apple developer team on the Apple Developers Website as well as use the certificate containing the private key. Here you can find some indications to help you install this certificate. Once added to Xcode (the should also be available in My Certificates in Keychain), this certificate will be automatically be used during the creation of the executable files. You will also need the assets/embedded.provisionprofile file. This command will tell you if your app was correctly signed: codesign --display --verbose=2 dist/mac/

Note: MacOS can compile the desktop application for every other platforms. Windows OS can only compile Windows executable files.

Github Actions Release

The whole process is handled in Github Actions, which is triggered for each push in a tag release. The next section will go through the steps for setting up this workflow, while the following sections will describe how to deploy and publish manually.

To release a new version and thus trigger the workflow to create the corresponding release draft, run the command yarn release:tags and then git push --follow-tags origin master.

The workflow publishing the release on github is located at .github/workflows/release.yml. This workflow uses an electron-builder action which generates a release draft. Each platform (Windows, MacOS and Linux) generates its own executable to be added to the corresponding release.

The workflow takes as environment variable:

  • the Application Developer ID certificate (to sign mac executables)
  • the certificate password
  • the provision profile passphrase
  • other necessary environment variables such endpoints, google api key, etc...

Environment Variables

Github Actions uses environment variables as secrets. These are set in Settings → Secrets, and then reported in the workflow under env with the following syntax:

- name: your step's name
        run: commands

Mac Signing

  1. Export the necessary certificates as one file (eg certs.p12). This will ask for a password.
  2. Run base64 -i certs.p12 -o encoded.txt
  3. In your project's GitHub repository, go to Settings → Secrets and add the following two variables:
  • MAC_CERTS: Your encoded certificates, i.e. the content of the encoded.txt file you created before
  • MAC_CERTS_PASSWORD: The password you set when exporting the certificates
  1. The embedded.provisionprofile needs to be encrypted with gpg. Run gpg -c embedded.provisionprofile. Enter a password to validate the encryption.
  2. A new embedded.provisionprofile.gpg should have been created. This file should be pushed in the repo in assets.
  3. The password used to encrypt the file should be added to secrets as PROVISION_PROFILE_PASSPHRASE
  4. You might need to correctly set up the permission for the file ./.github/workflows/ by running git update-index --chmod=+x ./.github/workflows/

Manual Release Steps

  1. Run yarn dist. This command will first build the repository and compile it into multiple executable files. All the configuration is set in package.json.

  2. Run yarn release. This command will prepare the new release tag and push it on github.

  3. Sign in on Github and go to the Tags page. Here your release will be waiting for your approval. The release should contain every compiled files for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms (these might be only visible when the user is signed in). As was automatically filled in with the release's changes, copy and paste the corresponding changes in the release's description. You can approve the release.


Cross-platform desktop client for the Graasp ecosystem.







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