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Nitrous is the customized condenser (see below) that integrates with the Steem Engine Token Scotbot.

The instructions below are still accurate, but you need a few things to configure. Note: The setup instructions here work only for Linux, macOS and do not work on Windows-based computers.

src/app/client_config.js collects most of the settings that are necessary to configure.

When running, SDC_IMAGE_PROXY_PREFIX and SDC_UPLOAD_IMAGE_URL can be set to (eventually this dependency should be changed). SDC_IMAGE_PROXY-PREFIX may also need a trailing /.

Change src/app/assets/images/favicons with your own, and also change src/app/assets/static/manifest.json and src/server/server-html.jsx accordingly.


Condenser is the react.js web interface to the blockchain-based social media platform, It uses a Hive compatible blockchain, powered by DPoS Governance and ChainBase DB to store JSON-based content for a plethora of web applications.



We highly recommend using docker to run condenser in production. This is how we run the live com site and it is the most supported (and fastest) method of both building and running condenser. Configuration settings can be set using environment variables (see configuration section below for more information). If you need to install docker, you can get it at

To modify, build, and run condenser using docker, it's as simple as pulling in the github repo and issuing one command to build it, like this:

git clone
cd nitrous
docker build -t="myname/condenser:mybranch" .
docker run -it -p 8080:8080 myname/condenser:mybranch

Building from source without docker (the 'traditional' way):

(better if you're planning to do condenser development)

Clone the repository and make a tmp folder

git clone
cd nitrous
mkdir tmp

Install dependencies

Install at least Node.js v12 if you don't already have it.

Condenser is known to successfully build using node 12.6, npm 6.13.4, and yarn 1.22.4.

We use the yarn package manager instead of the default npm. There are multiple reasons for this, one being that we have hive-js built from source pulling the gitlab repo as part of the build process and yarn supports this. This way the library that handles keys can be loaded by commit hash instead of a version name and cryptographically verified to be exactly what we expect it to be. Yarn can be installed with npm, but afterwards you will not need to use npm further.

npm install -g yarn
yarn add babel-cli
yarn install --frozen-lockfile --ignore-optional
yarn run build

To run condenser in production mode, run:

yarn run production

When launching condenser in production mode it will automatically use 1 process per available core. You will be able to access the front-end at http://localhost:8080 by default.

To run condenser in development mode, run:

yarn run start

It will take quite a bit longer to start in this mode (~60s) as it needs to build and start the webpack-dev-server.

By default you will be connected to community public api node at This is actually on the real blockchain and you would use your regular account name and credentials to login - there is not an official separate testnet at this time. If you intend to run a full-fledged site relying on your own, we recommend looking into running a copy of hive (steemd) locally instead

Debugging SSR code

yarn debug will build a development version of the codebase and then start the local server with --inspect-brk so that you can connect a debugging client. You can use Chromium to connect by finding the remote client at chrome://inspect/#devices.


The intention is to configure condenser using environment variables. You can see the names of all of the available configuration environment variables in config/custom-environment-variables.json. Default values are stored in config/defaults.json.

Environment variables using an example like this:


Keep in mind environment variables only exist in your active session, so if you wish to save them for later use you can put them all in a file and source them in.

If you'd like to statically configure condenser without variables you can edit the settings directly in config/production.json. If you're running in development mode, copy config/production.json to config/dev.json with cp config/production.json config/dev.json and adjust settings in dev.json.

If you're intending to run condenser in a production environment one configuration option that you will definitely want to edit is server_session_secret which can be set by the environment variable SDC_SESSION_SECRETKEY. To generate a new value for this setting, you can do this:

> crypto.randomBytes(32).toString('base64')
> .exit

Style Guides For Submitting Pull Requests

File naming and location

  • Prefer CamelCase js and jsx file names
  • Prefer lower case one word directory names
  • Keep stylesheet files close to components
  • Component's stylesheet file name should match component name

Js & Jsx

We use prettier to autofromat the code, with this configuration. Run yarn run fmt to format everything in src/, or yarn exec -- prettier --config .prettierrc --write src/whatever/file.js for a specific file.


If a component requires a css rule, please use its uppercase name for the class, e.g. "Header" class for the header's root div. We adhere to BEM methodology with exception for Foundation classes, here is an example for the Header component:

<!-- Block -->
<ul class="Header">
  <!-- Element -->
  <li class="Header__menu-item">Menu Item 1</li>
  <!-- Element with modifier -->
  <li class="Header__menu-item--selected">Element with modifier</li>


yarn run storybook


Run test suite

yarn test

will run jest

Test endpoints offline

If you want to test a server-side rendered page without using the network, do this:

yarn build
OFFLINE_SSR_TEST=true NODE_ENV=production node --prof lib/server/index.js

This will read data from the blobs in api_mockdata directory. If you want to use another set of mock data, create a similar directory to that one and add an argument OFFLINE_SSR_TEST_DATA_DIR pointing to your new directory.


Hive Engine Token Customized UI, based on Hive condenser






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