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Local Setup


  1. Download and install Git
    This will be used to download the repository

  2. Download and install Node
    This will be used to run the local server. It included the npm package manager


    The recommended version of node to use is node 20 as this is what also runs in the production environment. If running a higher version and experiencing issues please file a bug report.

    You can use tools like
    to run multiple versions of node on the same machine

  3. Download and install Yarn (v3)

Run locally

Clone the repo

git clone

Change directory into the cloned repo to run future commands

cd community-platform

Install dependencies

yarn install

Run the platform

yarn start


Sometimes dependencies can get into an outdated or bad state. As a general fix, deleting all existing 3rd party dependencies and installing clean may fix many issues. There is a helper script available to do this:

yarn install:clean

Otherwise possible solutions to some specific issues are also listed below

Module not found

If whilst attempting to run the app a module-not-found (or similar) error appears, it is likely because dependencies have been updated and require install again. Running the yarn install command again should fix.

Installation freezes

Some of the larger packages that require binaries to be built can get themselves into a bad state during install. If this happens usually the easiest way to resolve is to try installing individual workspaces, e.g.

yarn workspace functions install
yarn workspace oa-cypress install
yarn workspace oa-docs install

Error: ENOENT: no such file or directory

If you see an error message suggesting that a particular folder/file could not be installed, there is a chance that the previous command would have installed/fixed anyway and things might just work.

If they don't, then try deleting the node_modules folder in the workspace mentioned in the error message (e.g. ./packages/documentation/node_modules or similar)