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Application: whitehall

Publishes government content on GOV.UK

Relevant manual pages

Example pages published by whitehall


Whitehall (also known as ‘Whitehall Admin’ or ‘Whitehall Publisher’) is used by publishers to create and manage content (e.g.

Running the Application

Use GOV.UK Docker to run any commands that follow.


  • Govspeak A variation of Markdown used throughout whitehall as the general publishing format

Technical documentation

This is a Ruby on Rails app, and should follow our Rails app conventions.

You can use the GOV.UK Docker environment to run the application and its tests with all the necessary dependencies. Follow the usage instructions to get started.

Running the test suite

These commands assume you have the GOV.UK Docker environment running and its binaries in your PATH.

# run all the test suites
govuk-docker-run bundle exec rake

Javascript unit tests can also be run separately:

# run all the JavaScript tests
govuk-docker-run bundle exec rake jasmine

Further documentation

See the docs/ directory.


MIT License