wolkenkit-boards is a team collaboration application.
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wolkenkit-boards is a tool for collaboratively organizing notes.


It allows you to mount public and private boards and attach notes and images to them. Its backend is powered by wolkenkit.

What is wolkenkit?

wolkenkit is a CQRS and event-sourcing framework for JavaScript and Node.js. wolkenkit uses an event-driven model based on DDD to setup an API for your business in no time. This way, wolkenkit bridges the language gap between your domain and technology.


For more details on wolkenkit see the wolkenkit documentation.

Preparing the application

As wolkenkit-boards uses authentication, you first need to setup an identity provider. In this section we are going to configure Auth0, but you can use any identity provider - as long as it supports OpenID Connect.

Setting up the identity provider

Now, create an account at Auth0. For your first steps, the free plan is fine, so there is no need to add your credit card right now.

Once you have created your account you need to register a client application that represents your instance of wolkenkit-boards:

  • Login to Auth0, which takes you to the dashboard.
  • Click Clients in the navigation.
  • Click Create client.
  • Select Single Page Applications.
  • Add http://local.wolkenkit.io:8080/ to the list of Allowed Callback URLs.

Getting the required information

In the view that shows your client, you can find the Client ID. Copy its value, you will need it later.

Additionally, you need to get the certificate for your client:

  • In the Clients view, scroll down, and click Show Advanced Settings.
  • Scroll to the Certificates section and copy the contents of the Signing Certificate field.
  • Paste the copied content into the server/keys/auth0/certificate.pem file.

Running the application

To run a wolkenkit application, you first need to install wolkenkit. For this, see the installation guide for macOS, Linux, Windows, or Docker Machine.

Running the backend

Before you can run the backend, you need to adjust the identityProvider section in the application's package.json file. Set its name property to the domain of your Auth0 account, so that it looks like this:

"identityProvider": {
  "name": "https://<username>.eu.auth0.com/",
  "certificate": "/server/keys/auth0"

Finally, now it's time to run the backend. For that, run the start command using the wolkenkit CLI from inside the application's directory:

$ wolkenkit start

Running the frontend

Once the backend is running you are almost ready to run the frontend. First, change to the client directory and install any missing dependencies:

$ cd ./client
$ npm install

roboter is used for build automation. Set the environment variables AUTH_IDENTITY_PROVIDER_URL and AUTH_CLIENT_ID accordingly, and then run npx roboter serve:

$ AUTH_IDENTITY_PROVIDER_URL=https://<username>.eu.auth0.com/authorize AUTH_CLIENT_ID=<clientid> npx roboter serve

After a short time, the frontend is running at http://local.wolkenkit.io:8080/. Point your browser to this url, identify yourself, and start to mount boards and pin some posts!


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