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HiP-CmsWebApi is a content management system which is developed by the project group History in
It is developed to fill the system 'History in Paderborn' with data. This is only a REST API with service end points. We
also develop client application to consume this REST API. The client application is built on AngularJS2. For Authentication and Authorization we are using a Microservice HiP-Auth.

In another team of the project group, an Android app is developed that will
make the content of HiPCMS accessable to the public. Information about the app
will be added as soon as it is available.

HiPCMS will replace the original project which was known as HiPBackend.
HiPBackend's code unfortunately was not maintainable anymore and a rewrite was decided.

See the LICENSE file for licensing information.

See the graphs page
for a list of code contributions.

Technolgies and Requirements:

HiP-CmsWebApi is a REST API built on .NET Core 1.0 with C# 6.0. Below are the requirements needed to build and develop this project,

IDE Options

Getting started

  • Clone the repository.
  • Create a new file appsettings.Development.json at scr/Api. (See src/Api/appsettings.Development.json.example).
  • Update the new appsettings.Development.json file to match your needs.
  • To run using Visual Studio, just start the app with/without debugging.
  • To run through terminal,
    • Navigate to src/Api
    • Set Environment Variable
      • Windows: set ASPNETCORE_ENVIRONMENT=Development
      • Linux/macOS: export ASPNETCORE_ENVIRONMENT=Development
    • Before your first run, execute dotnet restore
    • Execute dotnet run
    • {{BaseUrl}}/swagger/ui will give information about the service endpoints.

VS Code Setup

For getting the project to run with Visual Studio Code, you will have to execute a few more steps:

  • go to the Debug view and click the run button - a prompt will appear asking for the launch configuration's target -- choose .NET
  • in the created launch.json:
    • replace every occurence of ${workspaceRoot} with ${workspaceRoot}/src/Api
    • add "env": { "ASPNETCORE_ENVIRONMENT": "Development" } to your run configurations
  • click run again, which will complain about no task runner being configured -- choose .NET as your task runner, which will create a tasks.json file
  • in the created tasks.json, add the following line: "options": { "cwd": "${workspaceRoot}/src/Api" },

Removing .NET packages on Linux / macOS

If you are experiencing issues with your .NET installation on Linux or macOS, you can use the script at to remove all .NET packages (i.e. the SDK and runtime) in order to perform a fresh install afterwards.

How to develop

How to test

  • Create a new file testconfig.json at test/Api.Tests. (See test/Api.Tests/testconfig.json.example).
  • Update the new testconfig.json file with an valid MyTested Licence.
  • Navigate to test/Api.Tests folder and run dotnet test.

How to submit Defects and Feature Proposals

Please write an email to


HiP (History in Paderborn) ist eine Plattform der:
Universität Paderborn
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn
Tel.: +49 5251 60-0

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