Development Installation

This setup details a local development installation in order to work and test App Store changes. The App Store is build using Django. The frontend is written in TypeScript and does not yet use a JavaScript framework; this decision might change however depending on how JavaScript intensive things might become.


Only use this guide for your local development installation which is not connected to the Internet since your installation will be be initialized with insecure defaults!

Installing Packages

First you want to switch your machine to an up to date Node.js version and install Yarn:

curl -sS | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb xenial main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list
echo "deb-src xenial main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list

curl -sS | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list

Then install the following libraries:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3-venv python3-wheel libxslt-dev libxml2-dev libz-dev libpq-dev build-essential python3-dev python3-setuptools git gettext libssl-dev libffi-dev nodejs yarn

Finally download the latest geckodriver and install it (adjust URLs/package names if needed):

sudo sh -c 'tar -x geckodriver -zf geckodriver-v0.18.0-linux64.tar.gz -O > /usr/bin/geckodriver'
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/geckodriver
rm geckodriver-v0.18.0-linux64.tar.gz

Download the Source

Clone the repository using git and change into it:

git clone
cd appstore

App Store Setup

The project root contains a Makefile which allows you to quickly set everything up by running:

make dev-setup

This will automatically set up the web app using venv, SQLite as database and create a default development settings file in nextcloudappstore/settings/ You need to review the development settings and change them according to your setup. An admin user with name admin and password admin will also be created.

Launching the Development Server

The server can be started after activating the virtual environment first:

source venv/bin/activate
export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=nextcloudappstore.settings.development
python runserver

The website is available at Code changes will auto reload the server so happy developing! For more documentation on development, check out Development

Every time you start a new terminal session you will need to reactive the virtual environment and set the development settings:

source venv/bin/activate
export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=nextcloudappstore.settings.development

We therefore recommend creating a small bash alias in your ~/.bashrc:

alias cda='cd path/to/appstore && source venv/bin/activate && export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=nextcloudappstore.settings.development'

Keeping Up to Date


Before updating it is recommended to stop the development server.

To check out the latest changes simply pull:

git pull --rebase origin master

then make sure that the virtual environment is enabled and install new libraries:

make update-dev-deps

apply new database migrations:

python migrate

and build the latest frontend:

yarn run build