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Ushahidi Platform Web Client

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You need to deploy the Platform API first

Platform Client installation

What is the platform client?

The web client is the component that end users interact with when opening the Platform website with a web browser. The client interacts with the API in order to perform operations on the system (i.e. submit posts, query posts).

Installation steps

Pre-requisite: Install the platform API by following one of the API setup guides

Pre-requisite: Install Node V6.x (you might want to use NVM for this) before continuing.

Getting the platform-client code

Clone the repository (this will create a directory named platform-client)

git clone

Go into the platform directory

cd platform-client

Switch to the develop branch

git checkout develop

If you haven't used git before or need help with git specific issues, make sure to check out their docs here

Install the platform-client dependencies.

npm install

The client needs to point to the hostname where the backend expects to receive HTTP requests. This has to be set before building the client.

In order to set up all that, create a file at the location /var/www/platform-client/.env . Use the following contents as an example:


To make it easy to call `gulp` when building and developing in the app, add node_modules/.bin to your PATH in ~/.bashrc. Example PATH (relevant part in bold):

export PATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:node_modules/.bin:$PATH


alternatively, if you haven't setup node_modules in your PATH, run:

Running a local development server



This will start the watcher for local development, and any changes you make to the code will be reflected in the application.

Building for production deployments


gulp build

alternatively, if you haven't setup node_modules in your PATH, run:

node_modules/gulp/bin/gulp.js build

This will start the process of generating the static site. Once the files are generated, you can host the server/www directory and load the site.

In the server directory you will also find an example nginx and an example apache2 file to get you started on hosting the client.

Running unit tests

To run unit tests once, run:

gulp test

For test driven development we have a gulp task gulp tdd. This watches for JS changes and re-runs the unit tests.

Native Server (Apache or Nginx)

If you are running the client with a native web server like Apache or nginx, you will need to use URL rewriting to point all non-existant files to index.html. There is a sample .htaccess file, which can be used with Apache:

% cp server/rewrite.htaccess server/www/.htaccess

Nginx users will have to manually configure rewriting in the site configuration file.

I'm a developer, should I contribute to Ushahidi 3.x?

Yes! Development moves pretty quickly but the tech stack is getting more and more stable. If you're keen to help build something awesome, jump on board.

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