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Curious what this is all about? Each week we publish a distillation of our progress, philosophy, and more in Parabol Focus.

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Stack Information

Action is a Node.js application based upon the Meatier stack:

Concern Solution
Server Node 7
Server Framework Express
Database RethinkDB
Data Transport GraphQL
Sockets socketcluster
Client State Redux
Client Data Cache Cashay
Front-end Views React
Styling aphrodite
Unit Testing jest

Action is programmed in ECMAscript ES6/7 (including async/await). Transpilation is provided by babel.




Action requires Node.js >=7.6.0 (we’re using 7.6.0 in development). We recommend using n to install and manage your node versions.

Action also depends on RethinkDB. Make sure you have it installed. If you have OSX, we recommend homebrew so upgrades are as easy as brew update && brew upgrade rethinkdb

Action also uses yarn which can be installed by running npm install -g yarn

Source code

$ git clone
$ cd action
$ rethinkdb # in a separate window
$ yarn
$ npm run quickstart

Remember: if RethinkDB is running locally, you can reach its dashboard at http://localhost:8080 by default.

The majority of Action’s Javascript files are written using the emerging ECMAScript ES6 and ES7 standards. If you open a source file and see syntax errors, you may have to configure your editor differently. Our team’s editors (Atom and Webstorm) have plugins which parse our project’s Javascript transpilation options directly from .babelrc. If your editor has this option, it’s the best way to go.

Client-side development

In this mode, webpack will hot swap your updated client modules without needing to restarting the development server.

$ npm run build
$ npm run dev


Server-side development

In this mode, the server will build client bundle and start a production server with the fresh code.

$ npm run bs


Database development

The database schema version is managed by rethink-migrate. Migrations scripts are stored in ./src/server/database/migrations.

If you make changes to the Action schema, make certain to create a new migration.

Bringing your database up to date

$ npm run db:migrate

Migrating backward and forward

The following commands are available to migrate your database instance forward and backward in time:

  • npm run db:migrate-up - migrate up one schema version
  • npm run db:migrate-up-all - migrate upward to latest schema
  • npm run db:migrate-down - migrate down one schema version
  • npm run db:migrate-down-all - migrate downward completely (will erase everything)

Exploring the data API:

While running the app in development mode, navigate to http://localhost:3000/graphql for testing out new queries/mutations

Exploring component design:

We’ve begun assembling a pattern library of all of the components we’ve created for the app. Too see them, navigate to http://localhost:3000/patterns

Getting Involved

Action is software built with the community for the community. We can’t do it without your help!

You’re contribution won’t go unrewarded: Parabol offers equity in our young company for qualified contributions to Action.

See for more information on how to get involved and how to get compensated.


For details on all releases, refer to


Authored and maintained by Parabol.

Parabol Core Team


Copyright 2016 Parabol, Inc.

Action is dual-licensed under the GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE, Version 3.0 while holding, at its sole discretion, the right to create new licenses. For details please read LICENSE.


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