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The website of https://rahvaalgatus.ee built with JavaScript on Node.js, Jade/Pug for templates and Sass for CSS.

Rahvaalgatus is dependent on CitizenOS's backend. While open sourced late March 2018, the full backend may be too much to run locally for development. Fortunately they provide an online test environment to develop against. Its tokens are embedded in Rahvaalgatus' source code, so no configuration necessary.


After installing a stable version of Node.js (so far tested against Node.js v4 and NPM v2), follow these steps:

  1. Install the JavaScript modules necessary for the server and client-side components.

    npm install
    cd app && npm install
  2. Compile the client-side JavaScripts and stylesheets with Make:

  3. Run the server:

    make server

    For a different port, pass PORT to Make:

    make server PORT=8888
  4. Set up a <rahvaalgatus.test> domain.

    CitizenOS's authentication and editor servers reply to cross-origin requests only if they come from rahvalgatus.test. Add such a subdomain to your /etc/hosts file for development: rahvaalgatus.test
  5. Open your local domain (e.g. http://rahvaalgatus.test:3000) in your browser and proceed with typing code.


To have the frontend JavaScripts and stylesheets be compiled automatically as you change files, use autocompile:

make autocompile


Environment specific configuration for the server is in config/$ENV.js. To run it in the production environment, for example, pass ENV to Make:

make server ENV=production

The few client-side JavaScript files of Rahvaalgatus, however, are not dependent on the environment.


To sign in during development, use one of the Mobile-Id test phone numbers:

Phone Personal id
+37200000766 11412090004
+37060000007 51001091072

See more at http://www.id.ee/?lang=en&id=36381.


The project has JavaScript server unit tests written with Mocha, Must.js and Mitm.js.

Run them with Make:

make test

To run a specific test, use the $TEST environment variable when invoking Make:

make test TEST=./test/bin/web_test.js


To have the tests run automatically as you change files, use autotest:

make autotest


Rahvaalgatus is released under the GNU Affero General Public License, which in summary means:

  • You can use this program for no cost.
  • You can use this program for both personal and commercial reasons.
  • You have to share the source code when you run it online.
  • You have to share modifications (e.g bug-fixes) you've made to this program.

For more details, see the LICENSE file.


Development of Rahvaalgatus is led and sponsored by SA Eesti Koostöö Kogu.
Parts of it sponsored by Andri Möll and Teeme Ära SA.
More details about Rahvaalgatus the platform.

If you find Rahvaalgatus needs improving, please don't hesitate to create an issue on GitHub.