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The webclient is built using mainly AngularJS and Angular Material.

In this instructions we've used Ubuntu 15.10. Other platforms can work as well but you have to figure it out yourself ;)

We assume the GroupOffice server has already been installed and in this example we're going to install it at /var/www/html/groupoffice-webclient. The URL will be http://localhost/groupoffice-webclient/app/

Getting started

  1. To get started with development you will minimally need to install:

    Install git and npm with apt:

    $ sudo apt-get install git npm

    I had to install nodejs-legacy as well to avoid problems with a missing node binary:

    $ sudo apt-get install nodejs-legacy
  2. Install gulp and bower globally:

    $ sudo npm -g install gulp bower
  3. Clone the repository:

    First navigate into the document root:

    $ cd /var/www/html
    $ git clone
  4. Get all the required NPM modules by running (I had to clear the ~/tmp folder in my home directory because they are owned by root now):

    $ sudo rm -Rf ~/tmp/
    $ sudo chown $USER -R ~/.npm
    $ cd groupoffice-webclient
    $ npm install

    This will automatically run "bower install" too. This will install all bower components required.

  5. Install SASS for the stylesheets

    Installing ruby

    $ sudo apt-get install ruby-full build-essential

    Installing rubygems

    $ sudo apt-get install rubygems-integration

    Install sass

    $ sudo gem install sass

    check if sass is working

    $ sass -v

    Run gulp sass script to create app/css/app.css:

    $ cd /var/www/html/groupoffice-webclient
    $ gulp sass

    You can use "gulp sass:watch" to watch for changes on the *.scss files.

    If you want to use Netbeans with the "sass" command then you'll need the sass-globbing plugin:

    $ sudo gem install sass-globbing

    Then edit the project properties and set the command line arguments for sass to "-r sass-globbing".

    We ran into an error with sass watch. We fixed this problem by running:

    $ echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=524288 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf && sudo sysctl -p
  6. Configure Copy app/config.js.example to app/config.js and edit the API URl inside if necessary.

    $ cd /var/www/html/groupoffice-webclient/app
    $ cp config.js.example config.js
  7. Launch your browser and open http://localhost/groupoffice-webclient/app/

  8. Updating

    If you want to update the repository you can do:

    $ cd /var/www/html/groupoffice-webclient/

    To update it:

    $ git pull

    Install possible new bower components:

    $ bower update

    Generate the CSS file when someone made changes to the SASS files:

    $ gulp sass