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HospitalRun frontend

Ember frontend for HospitalRun

To run the development environment for this frontend you will need to have Git, Node.js, Ember CLI, Bower and CouchDB installed.


To install the frontend please do the following:

  1. Make sure you have installed Git
  2. Make sure you have installed Node.js. Versions after 0.10.0 should work, but please note if you encounter errors using 5.x it may be necessary to upgrade your npm version. Versions after 3.5.x should work:
    1. npm install -g npm
  3. Install ember-cli latest: npm install -g ember-cli@latest.
    Depending on your npm permissions you might need root access to install ember-cli.
  4. Install bower: npm install -g bower
  5. Make sure you have Ruby installed (for the scss linter).
  6. Clone this repo with git clone, go to the cloned folder and run script/bootstrap. (Note: Depending on your npm permissions you might need root access to install PhantomJS2; also, Windows users must run with Cygwin, and will need to install Ruby)
  7. Install and configure CouchDB
    1. Download and install CouchDB from
    2. Create admin user:
      1. If you have just installed CouchDB and have no admin user, please run ./script/ in the folder you cloned the HospitalRun repo. A user hradmin will be created with password: test.
      2. If you already have a CouchDB admin user, please run ./script/ USER PASS in the folder you cloned the HospitalRun repo. USER and PASS are the CouchDB admin user credentials.
  8. Copy the server/config-example.js to server/config.js in the folder you cloned the HospitalRun repo.


If you are willing to try using make, ensure you have installed git, node and couchdb (steps 1, 2 and 6 above), you may skip the rest. This requires couchdb in the path to work correctly.

  • Run make serve, it will start couchdb, install npm dependencies and start the server.
  • Run make all to run all tests and build the app.
  • Look into Makefile to figure other targets available.


To start the frontend please do the following:

  • Start the server by running npm start in the repo folder.
  • Go to http://localhost:4200/ in a browser and login with username hradmin and password test.

Troubleshooting your local environment

Always make sure to git pull and get the latest from master.

The app will usually tell you when something needs to happen (i.e. if you try to npm start and npm is out of date, it will tell you to run npm update. But If you run into problems you can't resolve, feel free to open an issue, or ask for help in the HospitalRun Slack channel (you can request an invite here).

Otherwise, here are some tips for common issues:

The browser shows only a loading dialog

Is your server (still) running? Is Couch running? If not, that's probably the issue.

My changes aren't showing up in the browser

Try a browser refresh cmd + r.

Loading sample data

If you would like to load sample data, you can do so by navigating to Load DB under the Administration menu. You should see the following screen:

Click on Choose File and select the file sample-data.txt which is included in root directory of the repo at sample-data.txt.
Next, click on Load File. When the database load is complete a message will appear indicating if the load was successful.


Fixtures for Acceptance Tests

Fixtures are PouchDB dumps that are generated with pouchdb-dump-cli.

To create a fixture, run pouchdb-dump http://localhost:5984/main -u hradmin -p test | cat > tests/fixtures/${name_of_fixture}.txt.

To use a fixture, use runWithPouchDump(${name_of_fixture}, function(){..}); in your acceptance test. For example,

test('visiting /patients', function(assert) {
  runWithPouchDump('default', function() {
    //Actual test code here
    andThen(function() {
      assert.equal(currentURL(), '/patients');

The SCSS linter

To keep our styling scalable and consistent, we are using an scss linter that will throw an error in the build if you do not conform to it's syntax rules. The syntax rules are defined in the .scss-lint.yml file, and documentation for each linter is available here.

The easiest way to work with styles in the project and abide by our linting rules is to install the linter-scss-lint package for Atom. The package will then show you in real time where your styles are breaking the linter and how to correct them.


Contributions are welcome via pull requests and issues. Please see our contributing guide for more details.

Seriously, please read the Contribution Guide.

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