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Gerhard Schlager 1f118b1309 FEATURE: Allow plugins to manipulate site settings during backup restore 1 day ago
.tx Add Hungarian locale (#6260) 1 year ago
app FIX: Do not set destination_url cookie after deleting own account. (#8028) 1 day ago
bin DEV: Mount plugin symlinks to dev docker container (#8002) 1 week ago
config FIX: Allow topic edits when using a hidden tag 2 days ago
db Revert "FEATURE: Publish read state on group messages. (#7989) [Undo revert] (#8024)" 3 days ago
docs Update 3 days ago
images fix image location 5 years ago
lib FEATURE: Allow plugins to manipulate site settings during backup restore 1 day ago
log Initial release of Discourse 6 years ago
packaging/debian Fix .pkgr.yml so that discourse can be packaged with 5 years ago
plugins DEV: consistent plugin nomenclature. 2 days ago
public FEATURE: Embed topics list on remote sites via Javascript API. (#8008) 1 week ago
script DEV: User simulator tried to modify frozen string. 1 week ago
spec DEV: correct regression in registry test suite 2 days ago
test DEV: attempts to fix an heisentest in date-time-input-range (#8017) 5 days ago
vendor DEV: updates lodash to 4.17.13 (#7883) 1 month ago
.codeclimate.yml FEATURE: Replace composer editor with ember version 3 years ago
.editorconfig Set trim_trailing_whitespace false for markdown 3 years ago
.env.sample Basic Heroku integration 6 years ago
.eslintignore DEV: Yarn-manage moment and moment-timezone libraries 6 months ago
.eslintrc DEV: prevents asyncTestDiscourse/controllerFor/fixture to leak (#7717) 2 months ago
.gitattributes Use proper encoding for email fixtures. 1 year ago
.gitignore Rename `lazyYT` plugin directory name to `lazy-yt` 3 days ago
.pkgr.yml Fix .pkgr.yml so that discourse can be packaged with 5 years ago
.prettierignore DEV: Prettify *.en_US.yml files 3 months ago
.rspec DEV: Use `--profile` and `--fail-fast` in CI only 5 months ago
.rspec_parallel DEV: Introduce parallel rspec testing 4 months ago
.rubocop.yml DEV: Re-enable Rubocop checks for plugins 3 weeks ago
.ruby-gemset.sample rvm has offically depreicated .rvmrc and recommends using .ruby-version and .ruby-gemset instead. 6 years ago
.ruby-version.sample chore: bump ruby version in .ruby-version (#7552) 3 months ago
.travis.yml s/discourse-staff-notes/discourse-user-notes (#7936) 1 month ago
Brewfile DEV: enable frozen string literal on all files 3 months ago Proper long form for CLA 4 years ago
COPYRIGHT.txt fix trademark 6 years ago
Dangerfile FEATURE: English locale with international date formats 3 months ago
Gemfile Bump onebox version. 3 days ago
Gemfile.lock Bump onebox version. 3 days ago
LICENSE.txt Initial release of Discourse 6 years ago Browser version bump 5 months ago
Rakefile DEV: enable frozen string literal on all files 3 months ago
adminjs Initial release of Discourse 6 years ago DEV: enable frozen string literal on all files 3 months ago
d add wrappers for mailcatcher and sidekiq 2 years ago
discourse.sublime-project DEV: Exclude i18n .yml files from Sublime Text project. (#6473) 10 months ago
jsapp Initial release of Discourse 6 years ago
lefthook.yml DEV: Replace Overcommit with Lefthook (#7826) 1 month ago
package.json FEATURE: Make Discourse work offline with WorkboxJS (#7870) 1 month ago
yarn.lock DEV: Set version to 4.17.14 for lodash-cli 1 month ago

Discourse is the 100% open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. Use it as a:

  • mailing list
  • discussion forum
  • long-form chat room

To learn more about the philosophy and goals of the project, visit


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Browse lots more notable Discourse instances.


To get your environment setup, follow the community setup guide for your operating system.

  1. If you’re on macOS, try the macOS development guide.
  2. If you’re on Ubuntu, try the Ubuntu development guide.
  3. If you’re on Windows, try the Windows 10 development guide.

If you’re familiar with how Rails works and are comfortable setting up your own environment, you can also try out the Discourse Advanced Developer Guide, which is aimed primarily at Ubuntu and macOS environments.

Before you get started, ensure you have the following minimum versions: Ruby 2.5+, PostgreSQL 10+, Redis 2.6+. If you’re having trouble, please see our TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE first!

Setting up Discourse

If you want to set up a Discourse forum for production use, see our Discourse Install Guide.

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Discourse is built for the next 10 years of the Internet, so our requirements are high:

Browsers Tablets Phones
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Google Chrome 57+ Android 4.4+ Android 4.4+
Internet Explorer 11+
Firefox 52+

Built With

  • Ruby on Rails — Our back end API is a Rails app. It responds to requests RESTfully in JSON.
  • Ember.js — Our front end is an Ember.js app that communicates with the Rails API.
  • PostgreSQL — Our main data store is in Postgres.
  • Redis — We use Redis as a cache and for transient data.

Plus lots of Ruby Gems, a complete list of which is at /master/Gemfile.


Build Status

Discourse is 100% free and open source. We encourage and support an active, healthy community that accepts contributions from the public – including you!

Before contributing to Discourse:

  1. Please read the complete mission statements on Yes we actually believe this stuff; you should too.
  2. Read and sign the Electronic Discourse Forums Contribution License Agreement.
  3. Dig into CONTRIBUTING.MD, which covers submitting bugs, requesting new features, preparing your code for a pull request, etc.
  4. Always strive to collaborate with mutual respect.
  5. Not sure what to work on? We’ve got some ideas.

We look forward to seeing your pull requests!


We take security very seriously at Discourse; all our code is 100% open source and peer reviewed. Please read our security guide for an overview of security measures in Discourse, or if you wish to report a security issue.

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The original Discourse code contributors can be found in AUTHORS.MD. For a complete list of the many individuals that contributed to the design and implementation of Discourse, please refer to the official Discourse blog and GitHub’s list of contributors.

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