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An open, extensible, wiki for your team built using React and Node.js.
Try out Outline using our hosted version at www.getoutline.com.
If you'd like to run your own copy of Outline or contribute to development then this is the place for you.
Outline requires the following dependencies:
- Node.js >= 12
- Postgres >=9.5
- Redis >= 4
- AWS S3 bucket or compatible API for file storage
- Slack, Google, Azure, or OIDC application for authentication
For a manual self-hosted production installation these are the recommended steps:
First setup Redis and Postgres servers, this is outside the scope of the guide.
Download the latest official Docker image, new releases are available around the middle of every month:
docker pull outlinewiki/outline
Using the .env.sample as a reference, set the required variables in your production environment. You can export the environment variables directly, or create a
.envfile and pass it to the docker image like so:
docker run --env-file=.env outlinewiki/outline
Setup the database with
yarn db:migrate. Production assumes an SSL connection to the database by default, if Postgres is on the same machine and is not SSL you can migrate with
yarn db:migrate --env=production-ssl-disabled, for example:
docker run --rm outlinewiki/outline yarn db:migrate
Start the container:
docker run outlinewiki/outline
Visit http://you_server_ip:3000 and you should be able to see Outline page
Port number can be changed using the
(Optional) You can add an
nginxor other reverse proxy to serve your instance of Outline for a clean URL without the port number, support SSL, etc.
Alternatively a community member maintains a script to deploy Outline on Google Cloud Platform with Terraform & Ansible.
If you're running Outline with Docker you'll need to run migrations within the docker container after updating the image. The command will be something like:
docker run --rm outlinewiki/outline:latest yarn db:migrate
If you're running Outline by cloning this repository, run the following command to upgrade:
yarn run upgrade
For contributing features and fixes you can quickly get an environment running using Docker by following these steps:
- Install these dependencies if you don't already have them
- Clone this repo
- Register a Slack app at https://api.slack.com/apps
- Copy the file
- Fill out the following fields:
SECRET_KEY(follow instructions in the comments at the top of
SLACK_KEY(this is called "Client ID" in Slack admin)
SLACK_SECRET(this is called "Client Secret" in Slack admin)
- Configure your Slack app's Oauth & Permissions settings
- Slack recently prevented the use of
httpprotocol for localhost. For local development, you can use a tool like ngrok or a package like
mkcert. (How to use HTTPS for local development)
https://my_ngrok_address/auth/slack.callbackas an Oauth redirect URL and update the
URLenv var to match
- Ensure that the bot token scope contains at least
- Slack recently prevented the use of
make up. This will download dependencies, build and launch a development version of Outline
Makefile has other useful scripts, including some test automation.
- To run the entire test suite, run
- During development, it's often useful, to re-run some tests every time a file is changed. Use
make watchto start the test daemon and follow the instructions in the console
Outline is built and maintained by a small team – we'd love your help to fix bugs and add features!
Before submitting a pull request please let the core team know by creating or commenting in an issue on GitHub, and we'd also love to hear from you in the Discussions. This way we can ensure that an approach is agreed on before code is written. This will result in a much higher liklihood of code being accepted.
If you’re looking for ways to get started, here's a list of ways to help us improve Outline:
- Translation into other languages
- Issues with
good first issuelabel
- Performance improvements, both on server and frontend
- Developer happiness and documentation
- Bugs and other issues listed on GitHub
If you're interested in contributing or learning more about the Outline codebase please refer to the architecture document first for a high level overview of how the application is put together.
In development Outline outputs simple logging to the console, prefixed by categories. In production it outputs JSON logs, these can be easily parsed by your preferred log ingestion pipeline.
HTTP logging is disabled by default, but can be enabled by setting the
DEBUG=http environment variable.
We aim to have sufficient test coverage for critical parts of the application and aren't aiming for 100% unit test coverage. All API endpoints and anything authentication related should be thoroughly tested.
To add new tests, write your tests with Jest and add a file with
.test.js extension next to the tested code.
# To run all tests make test # To run backend tests in watch mode make watch
Once the test database is created with
make test you may individually run
frontend and backend tests directly.
# To run backend tests yarn test:server # To run frontend tests yarn test:app
Sequelize is used to create and run migrations, for example:
yarn sequelize migration:generate --name my-migration yarn sequelize db:migrate
Or to run migrations on test database:
yarn sequelize db:migrate --env test
Outline is BSL 1.1 licensed.