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Strider is an Open Source Continuous Deployment / Continuous Integration platform. It is written in Node.JS / JavaScript and uses MongoDB as a backing store. It is published under the BSD license.

Strider is extremely customizable through plugins. Plugins can

  • add hooks to perform arbitrary actions during build.
  • modify the database schema to add custom fields.
  • register their own HTTP routes.
  • subscribe to and emit socket events.
  • create or modify user interfaces within Strider.
  • so much more! just use your imagination!

For more details check out the introductory chapter of the Strider Book

Note: Installing on OS X might require XCode to be installed.

Make sure you have MongoDB installed on your system. You can get the latest version at

Next you will need Node.JS. You can get binary packages for most platforms at

Once you have Node.JS on your system, you can fetch & install all the dependencies for your Strider clone by executing the following command in the project root:

npm install

Note: Sometimes there are issues with permissions and installing global modules, in those cases run npm config set prefix ~/npm to set your global modules directory to '~/npm'. You will also have to add ~/npm/bin to your PATH environment variable.

Strider configuration comes from environment variables. Most of the default values should work fine for running on localhost, however for an Internet-accessible deployment the following variables will need to be exported:

  • SERVER_NAME - Required; Address at which server will be accessible on the Internet. E.g. (note: no trailing slash)
  • HOST - Host where strider listens, optional (defaults to
  • PORT - Port that strider runs on, optional (defaults to 3000).
  • DB_URI - MongoDB DB URI if not localhost (you can safely use MongoLab free plan - works great)
  • HTTP_PROXY - Proxy support, optional (defaults to null)
  • If you want email notifications, configure an SMTP server (we recommend Mailgun for SMTP if you need a server - free account gives 200 emails / day):
    • SMTP_HOST - SMTP server hostname e.g.
    • SMTP_PORT - SMTP server port e.g. 587 (default)
    • SMTP_USER - SMTP auth username e.g. "myuser"
    • SMTP_PASS - SMTP auth password e.g. "supersecret"
    • SMTP_FROM - Default FROM address e.g. "Strider" (default)
  • BODY_PARSER_LIMIT - Increase the maximum payload size that our body parser will attempt to parse. Useful for github web hooks.

You might need to follow these instructions if you use any of these, please do so before filing issues.

Strider isn't much use without an account to login with. Once you create an administrative user, you can invite as many other people as you like to your instance. There is a simple CLI subcommand to help you create the initial user:

node bin/strider addUser

Example run:

$ node bin/strider addUser
Enter email []:
Is admin? (y/n) [n]: y
Enter password []: *******
Password: ****
isAdmin:  true
OK? (y/n) [y]:
22 Oct 21:21:01 - info: Connecting to MongoDB URL: mongodb://localhost/strider-foss
22 Oct 21:21:01 - info: User added successfully! Enjoy.

See the strider-cli for more details.

Once Strider has been installed and configured, it can be started with:

NODE_ENV=production npm start

To get up and running quickly on Heroku, you can simply use the button above. If you run into any issues, see the wiki entry.

Many users like to run Strider within a Docker container. Although this works well, supporting it is outside the scope of the Strider project.

We recommend using docker-strider as a base image when designing your Docker-based Strider installation. Please post related issues in the issues section for that repository.

Advanced topics are located in the Wiki, here's a small subset of what's covered:

We are very responsive to Github Issues - please think of them as a message board for the project!

You can find us on in #strider

If nobody is responding, don't leave immediately. Someone will eventually respond. If you don't want to wait please create a Github issue! Many Strider contributors don't use IRC at all, but will respond pretty quickly to new Github Issues.

For a view of what's going on with the project, check out our boards by setting up ZenBoard and visiting the "Boards" page.

Strider is maintained and supported by FrozenRidge, LLC. For commercial support, customization, integration & hosting enquiries please email