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The KumaScript service takes requests to render raw documents (documents that may contain one or more embedded macro calls), and responds with a fully-rendered document (a document where each of the embedded macros has been executed and replaced inline with its output). The requests can be either via GET, with the full document path in the URL like GET /docs/en-US/JavaScript/Foo, or via POST /docs, with the actual raw content of the document included in the body of the POST. Here's an overview of a GET request:

KumaScript overview of GET

NOTE: If you'd like to update the diagram above, import overview.xml into, make your changes, and export overview.png.

Updating Macros

The actual macros available and used are under the macros directory of this repository. For example, if your MDN document makes one or more calls to the CSSRef macro (or cssref, since macro calls are case insensitive), the file macros/CSSRef.ejs is the actual macro that will be executed.

In the past, these macros were stored within a database, and read, updated, or deleted via MDN (the Kuma service). Since this is no longer true, when you want to update one or more of these macros, you no longer do that via MDN, but instead via this GitHub repository (see A quick summary:

  1. Fork the Mozilla kumascript repository
  2. Create a branch for your changes
  3. Make and test your changes

    • First you will need to install Docker and clone the Mozilla kuma repository. See for detailed instructions on how to do this. Make sure you follow the instructions completely (most likely you will want to install a sample database as well).
    • Go to the kumascript sub-directory within your cloned kuma repository. This is a git submodule that currently points to the Mozilla kumascript repository. Reconfigure this git submodule to point to your forked repository from step 1, and your new branch from step 2.

      git remote set-url origin <URL-TO-YOUR-FORKED-REPO-FROM-STEP-1>
      git fetch origin <BRANCH-NAME-FROM-STEP-2>
      git checkout <BRANCH-NAME-FROM-STEP-2>
    • Now you are ready to add, modify, and/or delete any macro (or other) files, and make commits. When you have made your changes and are ready for testing, you will want to run your local development version of MDN. Move up one level, back to the root directory of your kuma repository, and do the following:

      docker-compose build
      docker-compose up -d
    • If everything is OK, you can point your browser to http://localhost:8000, login, create a new document that uses your new or modified macro(s), and test that it renders correctly.

  4. Open a pull request to merge your branch on your forked repository into the main Mozilla kumascript repository

Your pull request will be reviewed by one or more members of the MDN team, and if accepted, your changes will be merged into the master branch and scheduled for release to production.

Updating the Dockerfile and/or package.json file

If you update either one or both of these files, you'll need to do a little more before you run your local development version of MDN.

  • If you modified the package.json file, particularly if you modified the version of node or the dependencies section, remove the npm-shrinkwrap.json file before you make your new docker image in the next step.
  • When you have made your changes and are ready for testing, you will first need to create a new KumaScript docker image as follows (assuming you are in the kumascript sub-directory):

    make build
  • Note the last line of output from your make build command above. It should look something like this:

    Successfully built 48ddc354b3f4

    but of course with a different image ID, which is the hexadecimal number 48ddc354b3f4 in the example above. You'll need this KumaScript image ID for the next step.

  • Now you need to configure docker-compose such that when it starts and runs a KumaScript container as part of your local development version of MDN, it uses your new KumaScript image and not, for example, the latest released image ( To do this, move up one level to the kuma directory and edit the docker-compose.yml file there. Within docker-compose.yml, find the lines that specify the docker image to use for creating the kumascript container. They will probably look like this:


    Replace the current image identifier, in this case, with your new KumaScript image ID, like this:

        image: 48ddc354b3f4
  • Now you are ready to run your local development version of MDN.

  • Once you're happy with your changes (e.g., make test and make lint both run without any errors or warnings), and if, as mentioned above, you modified the package.json file and removed the old npm-shrinkwrap.json file, you'll need to create a new npm-shrinkwrap.json file and commit it, You can create a new npm-shrinkwrap.json file like this:

    make shrinkwrap

Setup (Docker)

Development (Docker)

  • To build a Docker image (you will need to do this initially as well as after every git commit):
    • make build
  • To run the tests:
    • make test
  • To check your code (using JSHint):
    • make lint
  • To run the service:
    • make run

Setup (Standalone)

Development (Standalone)

  • To run the service:
    • node run.js
  • To run tests:
    • ./node_modules/.bin/nodeunit tests
  • To check code quality:
    • ./node_modules/.bin/jshint --show-non-errors lib tests
      • This will make a racket if it hits parser.js
      • TODO: Ignore this file.
  • To generate document macro parser (optional):
    • ./node_modules/.bin/pegjs lib/kumascript/parser.pegjs
      • This is not required in dev, but should be done for production.
      • If parser.js is missing, the parser will be built on the fly.

On OS X, kicker is handy for auto-running tests and lint on file changes:

kicker -e'./node_modules/.bin/jshint lib tests' \
       -e'./node_modules/.bin/nodeunit tests' \
       --no-growl \
       lib tests