Portal:Toolforge/Quickstart

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Overview

This page covers the basic steps to getting started with Toolforge.

For more information and links to developer/maintainer documentation visit the Toolforge Portal.

Getting started with Toolforge - Quickstart

  1. Create a Wikimedia developer account.
  2. Create an SSH key and add it to your Wikitech account.
  3. Submit a Toolforge project membership request and wait for its approval.
    • Your request will be reviewed, and you will receive confirmation within a week. You will be notified through your Wikitech user account.
  4. Once you are added as a Toolforge member, you must log out and then log in again at https://toolsadmin.wikimedia.org/
    • Doing this is required for your membership to take effect.
  5. Create a new tool or join an existing Tool account
  6. Access the Toolforge project and manage files in Toolforge.

Run new tool - Quickstart

As soon as you log in to username@login.toolforge.org (via ssh) and call "become MY_TOOL", you get in the /data/project/MY_TOOL directory. This is your tool's $HOME.

  1. Create your tool's code/html root dir: mkdir public_html
  2. Create your tool's code:
    • echo '<html><head></head><body>Hello world!<?php ?></body></html>' > public_html/index.php
  3. Start the tool: webservice start
  4. Navigate to https://MY_TOOL.toolforge.org/ in your web browser and it should show something.

This is just an example that creates a simple PHP tool. For more details about this (and other kinds of tools), see Help:Toolforge/Web and Help:Toolforge/How to. For troubleshooting, see Help:Troubleshooting Toolforge.

Manage existing tool - Quickstart

As soon as you log in to login.toolforge.org (via ssh) and call "become MY_TOOL", you get in the /data/project/MY_TOOL directory. This is your tool's $HOME. Then you can:

  1. Edit tool software and config files which are placed usually in any of $HOME/public_html, $HOME/www/python, $HOME/www/js, $HOME/public_tomcat, etc. For editing you can use console text editors (vi, edit, mcedit, etc.), use a version control tool like Git or you can download/edit/upload files using SCP/SFTP protocol.
  2. Check if the tool is running and also its type (php/python/js/java/etc.) and selected backend (kubernetes/grid) using command: webservice status.
  3. Stop the tool: webservice stop
  4. Start the tool again: webservice --backend=kubernetes TYPE_OF_YOUR_TOOL start
  5. SSH to the tool's container: webservice --backend=kubernetes TYPE_OF_YOUR_TOOL shell

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