Beta version of Find Data
- GOV.UK PaaS
- data.gov.uk apps
This repository contains the beta-stage frontend component of data.gov.uk
How to run this repo locally
There are currently 2 ways to run this repo locally:
- 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.
- Manual installation. Instructions for this below.
- Via govuk-docker - You can
makeFind 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.
You will need to install the following for development.
- rbenv or similar to manage ruby versions
- bundler to manage gems
- elasticsearch search engine
- postgresql database
- yarn to manage node packages
- data.gov.uk Publish to populate elasticsearch
Most of these can be installed with Homebrew on a Mac.
bin/setup to bundle, etc. Then run
Continuous Integration has been setup using Github Actions.
- Tests are run on pull requests.
- Deployments to Staging happen automatically when marging branches into the
- 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
vand 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
Test that your changes are working here - https://find-data-beta-staging.cloudapps.digital before releasing to Production.
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
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):
If you’re using direnv you’ll need to add
export in front of those lines in
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
bin/setup-docker-test.sh script in order to set up the environment variables for testing and install chrome on the debian docker container.