Verified Commit 6c066881 authored by Eliot Berriot's avatar Eliot Berriot
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See #327: changelog and easier contribution documentation

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- Writing unit tests to validate your work
- Submit your work
A quick path to contribute on the front-end
The next sections of this document include a full installation guide to help
you setup a local, development version of Funkwhale. If you only want to fix small things
on the front-end, and don't want to manage a full development environment, there is anoter way.
As the front-end can work with any Funkwhale server, you can work with the front-end only,
and make it talk with an existing instance (like the demo one, or you own instance, if you have one).
If even that is too much for you, you can also make your changes without any development environment,
and open a merge request. We will be able to to review your work easily by spawning automatically a
live version of your changes, thanks to Gitlab Review apps.
Setup front-end only development environment
1. Clone the repository::
git clone ssh://
cd funkwhale
cd front
2. Install [nodejs]( and [yarn](
3. Install the dependencies::
yarn install
4. Launch the development server::
# this will serve the front-end on http://localhost:8000
5. Make the front-end talk with an existing server (like,
by clicking on the corresponding link in the footer
6. Start hacking!
Setup your development environment
Funkwhale's front-end can now point to any instance (#327)
Removed front-end and back-end coupling
Eventhough Funkwhale's front-end has always been a Single Page Application,
talking to an API, it was only able to talk to an API on the same domain.
There was no real technical justification behind this (only lazyness), and it was
also blocking interesting use cases:
- Use multiple customized versions of the front-end with the same instance
- Use a customized version of the front-end with multiple instances
- Use a locally hosted front-end with a remote API, which is especially useful in development
From now on, Funkwhale's front-end can connect to any Funkwhale server. You can
change the server you are connecting to in the footer.
Fixing this also unlocked a really interesting feature in our development/review workflow:
by leveraging Gitlab CI and review apps, we are now able to deploy automatically live versions of
a merge request, making it possible for anyone to review front-end changes easily, without
the need to install a local environment.
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