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This repository contains the openmrs-owa-orderentry OpenMRS Open Web App.

The OpenMRS Order Entry UI is an application to support (drug) orders through UI For further documentation about OpenMRS Open Web Apps see Open Web App Wiki Order Entry UI OWA wiki.


Local setup instructions

Get the project

git clone

Move into the project directory

cd into openmrs-owa-orderentry

Install the dependencies

npm install

Create config.json

Create a config.json file in the top level directory following this template:

    'LOCAL_OWA_FOLDER': '/Users/name/openmrs-standalone-2.4/appdata/owa/',
    'APP_ENTRY_POINT': 'http://localhost:8081/openmrs-standalone/owa/orderentry/index.html'

LOCAL_OWA_FOLDER should point to the owa directory of your locally running OpenMRS instance, and APP_ENTRY_POINT should point to the entry point of your app

Linux/SDK example

For example in a link environment where I have OpenMRS running on port 8080 via the SDK in directory /home/mgoodrich/openmrs/haiti, I set config.json as follows:


Windows/Standalone example

Locate the appdata/owa directory and type the following command to get the path to the appdata/owa directory and copy it to the clipboard.

pwd | pbcopy

An example of the path is: /Users/name/downloads/openmrs-owa-orderentry/appdata\owa

Modify the path to look like: /Users/name/downloads/openmrs-owa-orderentry/appdata\\owa/

Copy the path. Edit config.json as follows:

  "APP_ENTRY_POINT": "http://localhost:8081/openmrs-standalone/owa/openmrs-owa-orderentry/index.html"

Note: Start your cohort builder standalone server locally. Make sure you tomcat port is 8081, if not, change the APP_ENTRY_POINT localhost port to be the same as your tomcat port.

Run the app

npm run watch

Production Build

You will need NodeJS 6+ installed to do this. See the install instructions here.

Once you have NodeJS installed, install the dependencies (first time only):

npm install

Build the distributable using Webpack as follows:

npm run build:prod

This will create a file called file in the root directory, which can be uploaded to the OpenMRS Open Web Apps module.

Local Deploy

To deploy directly to your local Open Web Apps directory, run:

npm run build:deploy

This will build and deploy the app to the /Users/name/openmrs-standalone-2.4/appdata/owa directory.
To change the deploy directory, edit the LOCAL_OWA_FOLDER entry in config.json. If this file does not exists, create one in the root directory that looks like:

  "LOCAL_OWA_FOLDER": "/Users/name/openmrs-standalone-2.4/appdata/owa"

Note: This could be different depending on your installed version and install location.

Live Reload

To use Browersync to watch your files and reload the page, inject CSS or synchronize user actions across browser instances, you will need the APP_ENTRY_POINT entry in your config.json file:

  "LOCAL_OWA_FOLDER": "/Users/name/openmrs-standalone-2.4/appdata/owa",
  "APP_ENTRY_POINT": "http://localhost:8081/openmrs-standalone/owa/openmrs-owa-orderentry/index.html"

Run Browsersync as follows:

npm run watch


Install npm packages dependencies as follows:

npm install --save <package>

To use the installed package, import it as follows:

//import and assign to variable
import variableName from 'package';

To contain package in vendor bundle, remember to add it to vendor entry point array, eg.:

entry: {
  app : `${__dirname}/app/js/owa.js`,
  css: `${__dirname}/app/css/owa.css`,
  vendor : [
    ...//other packages in vendor bundle

Any files that you add manually must be added in the app directory.


HTTP access control (CORS)

You may experience problems due to the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header not being set by OpenMRS. To fix this you'll need to enable Cross-Origin Resource Sharing in Tomcat.

See instructions here for Tomcat 7 and here for Tomcat 6.


Before using the Order Entry Open Web Application, the administrator should make the following one time configurations using the admin portal.

  1. Create an Encounter Type called Order Entry or any other name.
  2. Create a setting orderentryowa.encounterType whose value should correspond to the name given to the Encounter Type created above.
  3. Create an Encounter Role called Clinician or any other name.
  4. Create a setting orderentryowa.encounterRole whose value should correspond to the name given to the encounter role created in 3 above.
  5. Create a date format, setting orderentryowa.dateAndTimeFormat as the name, with a value of the date format, e.g. DD-MMM-YYYY HH:mm, in the global properties
  6. Add global property orderentryowa.labOrderAutoExpireTimeInDays with a value of 30 days or any other number
  7. Add global propery Lab Orderables Concept Set orderentryowa.abOrderablesConceptSet, whose value is the UUID of a concept set of Class LabSet and whose Set Members are other LabSet concept sets or concept of Class Test.

NB: Not having any of the above configurations will result into an error notice. Please check more information here


Releasing is done via Github Releases. The process is as follows:

  1. Update the version number in package.json, pom.xml, and app/manifest.webapp by removing the "-SNAPSHOT" in each. Ensure all 3 versions match.
  2. Commit and push to master and confirm everything builds successfully in Github Actions
  3. Go to the Releases Page and create a new release named after the version you want to release, publish this.
  4. Confirm that the Deploy release job completes successfully
  5. Confirm that the zip artifact has been successfully published to the Maven repository
  6. Update the version number in package.json, pom.xml, and app/manifest.webapp, by incrementing to the next version number and adding a "-SNAPSHOT" suffix
  7. Commit and push to master, and confirm that the next SNAPSHOT builds successfully

NOTE: Travis CI will build the project using the version of react-components specified in the package.json, while the PIH staging build always uses the latest head of react-components when building and deploying order entry. Therefore, if changes have been made to react-components since the last ordery entry release, you will likely want to release react-components (see react-components README for details) and upgrade the version number in the Order Entry package.json before releasing Lab Workflow or you may inadvertently release Order Entry with an earlier verison of React Components than you have been testing against.


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