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Node.js server that imports and publishes updates to Team API data.

Generate and configure team-api-config.json

Run team-api print-template > path/to/team-api-config.json to generate a team-api-config.json file. Edit this file to support your installation.

The template is a copy of the team-api-config.json from this repository, which is based on the actual configuration for the 18F Team API server, and illustrates each of the following settings:

  • branch: the repository branch from which to extract update information
  • buildPort: the port on which the server will listen for push events to the repo
  • updatePort: the port on which the server will listen for updates to .about.yml files from other 18F repos
  • git: path to git on the host machine
  • ruby: path to ruby on the host machine
  • workingDir: path to the 18F/ repository clone on the host machine
  • updateScript: path to the Ruby script used to process .about.yml file updates

Installing the team-api server

Install the following if they are not yet present on your system:

  • Node.js version 0.12.7 or higher; check with node -v
  • Ruby version 2.2.3 or higher; check with ruby -v
  • Git version 1.9.1 or higher; check with git --version

For Ruby, we strongly recommend using a version manager such as rbenv or rvm, though this is not required.

rsync should already be installed on most UNIX-like systems, but the rsyncOpts configuration option may require adjustment, particularly on OS X. You may wish to experiment with rsync manually to determine which options suit you best.

With the correct Node.js, Ruby, and Git versions in place, run the following:

$ gem install jekyll bundler
$ npm install -g team-api-server forever

Finally, as the user on the host that will run the server, generate an SSH key to add to your GitHub account. A new key can be generated by another team member should you leave the organization.

Run the team-api server

After that, run the following to launch the server via Forever, where /path/to/ and /usr/local/bin/ are replaced with the appropriate absolute paths:

$ forever start -l /path/to/team-api.log -a /usr/local/bin/team-api /path/to/team-api-config.json

You can find the absolute path to team-api by running which team-api.


  1. Fork the repo (or just clone it if you're an 18F team member)
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Make your changes and test them via npm test or gulp test
  4. Lint your changes with gulp lint
  5. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  6. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  7. Create a new Pull Request

Feel free to file an issue or to ping @mbland with any questions you may have, especially if the current documentation should've addressed your needs, but didn't.

Public domain

This project is in the worldwide public domain. As stated in CONTRIBUTING:

This project is in the public domain within the United States, and copyright and related rights in the work worldwide are waived through the CC0 1.0 Universal public domain dedication.

All contributions to this project will be released under the CC0 dedication. By submitting a pull request, you are agreeing to comply with this waiver of copyright interest.




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