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Building and Running

Running the stack

With Docker installed,

  1. Run the following:

    $ make init-db-test

    to create the knora-test repository and initialize it with loading some test data into the triplestore (Fuseki).

  2. Start the entire knora-stack (fuseki (db), sipi, api, salsah1) with the following command:

    $ make stack-up

Then try opening http://localhost:3333/v1/resources/ in a web browser. You should see a response in JSON describing a book.

Note: To delete the existing containers and for a clean start, before creating the knora-test repository explained in the first step above, run the following:

$ make stack-down-delete-volumes

This stops the knora-stack and deletes any created volumes (deletes the database!).

To only shut down the Knora-Stack without deleting the containers:

$ make stack-down

To restart the knora-api use the following command:

$ make stack-restart-api

If a change is made to knora-api code, only its image needs to be rebuilt. In that case, use

$ make stack-up-fast

which starts the knora-stack by skipping rebuilding most of the images (only api image is rebuilt).

To work on Metadata, use

$ make stack-up-with-metadata

which will put three example metadata sets to the projects anything, images and dokubib. This data can then be consumed from localhost:3333/v2/metadata/, localhost:3333/v2/metadata/ and localhost:3333/v2/metadata/

Managing Containers in Docker Dashboard

The Docker Desktop is installed on your computer during the installation of docker, it enables easy management of docker containers and access to Docker Hub. To manage your docker containers, docker desktop provides a dashbord.

screenshot 'Docker Desktop'

In docker dashboard, you can see all the running containers, stop, start, restart, or completely delete them. For example, when you start the knora-stack as explained above, in the docker dashboard you will see following:

screenshot 'Docker Dashboard'

Access the logs

To read information logged out of any container (db, api, etc.), click on the container in the dashboard and choose logs. The example, below shows the logs of the database (db) container that includes the last SPARQL query sent to the triplestore.

screenshot 'Docker Logs'

Note that, you can also print out the log information directly from the command line. For example, the same logs of the database container can be printed out using the following command:

$ make stack-logs-db
Similarly, the logs of the other containers can be printed out by running make with stack-logs-api or stack-logs-sipi. These commands print out and follow the logs, to only print the logs out without following, use -no-follow version of the commands for example:

$ make stack-logs-db-no-follow

Lastly, to print out the entire logs of the running knora-stack, use

$ make stack-logs

With the Docker plugin installed, you can attach a terminal to the docker container within VS Code. This will stream the docker logs to the terminal window of the editor.

screenshot 'VSCode Docker'

The docker plugin also allows for a number of other useful features, like inspecting the container's file system or attaching a shell to the container.

Running the automated tests

To run all test targets, use the following in the command line:

$ make test-all

To run a single test from the command line, for example SearchV1R2RSpec, run the following:

   $ sbt " webapi / testOnly *SearchV1R2RSpec* "

Note: to run tests, the api container must be stopped first!

Build and Publish Documentation

First, you need to install the requirements through:

$ make docs-install-requirements

Then, to build docs into the local site folder, run the following command:

$ make docs-build
At this point, you can serve the docs to view them locally using

$ make docs-serve

Lastly, to build and publish docs to Github Pages, use

$ make docs-publish

Build and Publish Docker Images

To build and publish all Docker images locally

$ make docker-build 
To publish all Docker images to Dockerhub

$ make docker-publish

Continuous Integration

For continuous integration testing, we use Github CI Actions. Every commit pushed to the git repository or every pull request, triggers the build. Additionally, in Github there is a small checkmark beside every commit, signaling the status of the build (successful, unsuccessful, ongoing).

The build that is executed on Github CI Actions is defined in the .github/workflows/*.yml files.

Webapi Server Startup-Flags

The Webapi-Server can be started with a number of flags.

loadDemoData - Flag

When the webapi-server is started with the loadDemoData flag, then at startup, the data which is configured in application.conf under the app.triplestore.rdf-data key is loaded into the triplestore, and any data in the triplestore is removed beforehand.

allowReloadOverHTTP - Flag

When the webapi.server is started with the allowReloadOverHTTP flag (reStart -r), then the v1/store/ResetTriplestoreContent route is activated. This route accepts a POST request, with a JSON payload consisting of the following example content:

    "path": "knora-ontologies/knora-base.ttl",
    "name": ""
    "path": "knora-ontologies/salsah-gui.ttl",
    "name": ""
    "path": "test_data/project_ontologies/incunabula-onto.ttl",
    "name": ""
    "path": "test_data/project_data/incunabula-data.ttl",
    "name": ""

This content corresponds to the payload sent with the ResetTriplestoreContent message, defined inside the package. The path being the relative path to the ttl file which will be loaded into a named graph by the name of name.

Last update: July 21, 2023