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Application: datagovuk_find

Beta version of Find Data

#govuk-platform-health owns the app. #govuk-datagovuk is responsible for updating its dependencies.
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This repository contains the beta-stage frontend component of

How to run this repo locally

There are currently 2 ways to run this repo locally:

  1. Via docker-ckan - An end to end setup from ckan to elasticsearch to Find. This is the presently most supported means for running Find and is recommended for local development. Instructions for how to setup and run Find this way available on the linked repo.
  2. Manual installation. Instructions for this below.
  3. Via govuk-docker - You can make Find as you would any other repo supported by govuk-docker using this method. This is the quickest means to setup Find however this will not give you a complete visual setup and is primarily for running tests.

Manual installation


You will need to install the following for development.

Most of these can be installed with Homebrew on a Mac.

Getting Started

First run bin/setup to bundle, etc. Then run rails s.


Continuous Integration has been setup using Github Actions.

  • Tests are run on pull requests.
  • Deployments to Staging happen automatically when marging branches into the main branch.
  • In order to carry out a release to production a developer in the govuk team will need to create a release tag with a leading v and approve of the deployment in Github Actions.

Further information about the deploying to PaaS are in the developer documents here:


To deploy to staging merge a PR into main.

Test that your changes are working here - before releasing to Production.

(There is also but it currently has an authentication configuration issue).


To deploy to production you need to tag the release, the tag needs to be in this format - v9.9.9 where 9 is a number and the leading v is required. E.g. v0.1.11 is valid, 0.1.11 is not.

Then the deployment needs to be approved.

Developing against production elasticsearch

Grab the full URL (including HTTP Basic username and password) from the paas. You can do this with cf env find-data-beta.

Open up an SSH tunnel to allow access to the elasticsearch instance:

cf ssh -N -L <es-port>:<es-host>:<es-port> find-data-beta

You can use any port you like for the local connection (i.e., the first <es-port>) but I would recommend using the same port as the remote side to reduce confusion.

Set the following environment variables (via direnv or other method of your choice):

  • ES_HOST="https://<username>:<password>@localhost:<es-port>"
  • ES_INDEX="datasets-production"

If you’re using direnv you’ll need to add export in front of those lines in your .envrc.

After (re)starting your Rails server, any requests to your local instance will behave the same as production.

If you’re having connection issues, try opening new tabs in your terminal to ensure all your environment variables are cleared and refreshed.

Testing on docker ckan

Source the bin/ script in order to set up the environment variables for testing and install chrome on the debian docker container.