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Build from Source

This should only be used by developers or those who cannot use Docker.


Start by cloning the git repository:

git clone


You will need node (Node.js) version 12.xx.y. Downloads for Windows, Mac, and Linux can be found here (including via package managers). On a Raspberry Pi or Debian Linux system, use the following:

curl -sL | sudo bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Build and Run


Enter the source code directory from the command line and run:

npm install

This will download and install all required software. It generally only needs to be done once (unless a major update happens).

Production Build

To build and run the production application:

npm run build-latest

Development Mode

Instead of the Production Build, you can start the webserver in development mode with hot-reloading for the frontend (UI):

npm run dev

Troubleshooting Node.js

Node.js 12 is recommended. You can install Node Version Manager to manage multiple Node.js versions. If you have git installed, just clone the nvm repo, and check out the latest version:

git clone ~/.nvm
cd ~/.nvm
git checkout `git describe --abbrev=0 --tags`
cd ..
. ~/.nvm/

Add these lines to your ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bashrc, or ~/.profile file to have it automatically sourced upon login:

export NVM_DIR="$HOME/.nvm"
[ -s "$NVM_DIR/" ] && . "$NVM_DIR/" # This loads nvm

Once installed, you can select Node.js versions with:

nvm install 10
nvm use 10

It’s also recommended that you upgrade npm to the latest version. To upgrade, run:

npm install npm@latest -g

Command-Line Usage

For help, type ./bin/makerverse --help:

Usage: app [options]

  -V, --version                       output the version number
  -p, --port <port>                   Set listen port (default: 8000) (default: 8000)
  -H, --host <host>                   Set listen address or hostname (default: (default: "")
  -b, --backlog <backlog>             Set listen backlog (default: 511) (default: 511)
  -c, --config <filename>             Set config file (default: ~/.makerverse)
  -v, --verbose                       Increase the verbosity level (-v, -vv, -vvv)
  -m, --mount <route-path>:<target>   Add a mount point for serving static files (default: [])
  -w, --watch-directory <path>        Watch a directory for changes
  --access-token-lifetime <lifetime>  Access token lifetime in seconds or a time span string (default: 30d)
  --allow-remote-access               Allow remote access to the server (default: false)
  -h, --help                          output usage information


  • Use git pull to update the source code.
  • You probably don’t need to update dependencies, but it doesn’t hurt to run the Dependencies step again.
  • Follow either the Production Build or Development Mode step.