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:
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
.env file 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
nginx or 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:
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)
http://localhost:3000/auth/slack.callbackas an Oauth redirect URL
make up. This will download dependencies, build and launch a development version of Outline
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:
good first issuelabel
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.
Outline uses debug. To enable debugging output, the following categories are available:
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.