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Methodical debate platform based on user empowerment

"Débattons" is a French word that means "Let's debate".

The aim of this debate platform is to trust users to level up the discussions quality, so that from collective knowledge would emerge best responses to every question put in debate. It is a sort of Wikipedia for debates.

For this to happen, users will be able to learn debate methods using the platform. They will also be given tools to filter out and go through discussions in their own ways.

The more they participate and are recognized by others, the more they will be granted power inside the platform.


The project is led by iORGA Group in the way we hope to be the most open (don't hesitate to participate, or send us your remarks or suggestions).

Here are some resources:

Install & run development environment

Using Docker

On Ubuntu 16.04 without Docker installed

The following command will install Docker and Docker Compose, and finally will clone this project to /opt/debattons.

curl -L "" > /tmp/ && bash /tmp/

Now restart your session (in order for the group changes to take effects, your user has been added to docker group in order to be able to execute Docker) or execute the following command:

su -lp $USER

On Linux box with Docker already installed

Clone the current project to /opt/debattons or let the following command do that for you:

curl -L "" > /tmp/ && bash /tmp/

Build and run

Now you are able to issue the following command that will create all the development environment into a Docker image and then will run this image as well as the required database.

/opt/debattons/docker/ build-and-run

You are now able to access Débattons at http://localhost:4200

You will be able to access OrientDB Studio at http://localhost:2480/studio/index.html (if you are on Windows < 10 and installed Docker Toolbox, replace localhost with

Using Vagrant

The following procedure will automatically create, setup and configure the development environment in a dedicated virtual machine:

  1. Install Vagrant 2.0+.
  2. Install VirtualBox 5.0+.
  3. Clone this project.
  4. Enter the Vagrant configuration directory: cd debattons/vagrant.
  5. Create and provision the virtual machine: vagrant up.
  • during this step, a new dedicated virtual machine will be created, setup and all the dependencies will be installed;

At your first run, Débattons will build and start automatically, at next run you will have to start the server manually.

vagrant ssh
/opt/debattons/docker/ build-and-run

Install the development environment automatically on your Ubuntu 16.04 (without using Docker nor Vagrant)

The following command will install all the dependencies of Débattons as well as itself on your system.

curl -L "" > /tmp/ && bash /tmp/

Débattons will be installed in /opt/debattons and OrientDB in /opt/orientdb.

The following script will start OrientDB, create the required DB & user if needed, and start Débattons:

/opt/debattons/scripts/ --start-orientdb-server

Manual installation of development environment

Débattons uses the following tools that you should install first:

Here are the steps to launch the environment (replace $PATH_TO_ORIENTDB with the path to your OrientDB installation):

# First launch the OrientDB server

The first time, you will have to configure the DB:

  • Connect to http://localhost:2480/studio/index.html and click on "New DB" and create the Database named debattons with the user root and the password that you will find in the file docker-data/conf/debattons.env in the project file tree.
  • Then create a new User on that database named api-server with the password password, the admin role and the status Active
  • Due to an issue in current version of OrientDB, go to "Browse" and execute the following request: CREATE CLASS Root EXTENDS V

Now launch the Webservices part in another shell:

cd api-server
mvn spring-boot:run

Now in another shell you can start the Angular UI:

cd ui
yarn install
./node_modules/@angular/cli/bin/ng serve

Those 3 last steps (DB creation & launch the webservices & UI) can be done automatically with:


Access Débattons in your development environment

You can finally access to the platform at http://localhost:4200