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UI Development

To develop the UI you need to install Node.js and pnpm. In addition it is recommended to use VS-Code with the recommended plugin selection to get features like auto-formatting, linting and typechecking. The UI is written with Vue 3 as Single-Page-Application accessing the Woodpecker REST api.


The UI code is placed in web/. Change to that folder in your terminal with cd web/ and install all dependencies by running pnpm install. For production builds the generated UI code is integrated into the Woodpecker server by using go-embed.

Testing UI changes would require us to rebuild the UI after each adjustment to the code by running pnpm build and restarting the Woodpecker server. To avoid this you can make use of the dev-proxy integrated into the Woodpecker server. This integrated dev-proxy will forward all none api request to a separate http-server which will only serve the UI files.

UI Proxy architecture

Start the UI server locally with hot-reloading by running: pnpm start. To enable the forwarding of requests to the UI server you have to enable the dev-proxy inside the Woodpecker server by adding WOODPECKER_DEV_WWW_PROXY=http://localhost:8010 to your .env file. After starting the Woodpecker server as explained in the debugging section, you should now be able to access the UI under http://localhost:8000.

Tools and frameworksโ€‹

The following list contains some tools and frameworks used by the Woodpecker UI. For some points we added some guidelines / hints to help you developing.

  • Vue 3
    • use setup and composition api
    • place (re-usable) components in web/src/components/
    • views should have a route in web/src/router.ts and are located in web/src/views/
  • Windicss (similar to Tailwind)
    • use Windicss classes where possible
    • if needed extend the Windicss config to use new classes
  • Vite (similar to Webpack)
  • Typescript
    • avoid using any and unknown (the linter will prevent you from doing so anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰)
  • eslint
  • Volar & vue-tsc for type-checking in .vue file
    • use the take-over mode of Volar as described by this guide

Messages and Translationsโ€‹

Woodpecker uses Vue I18n as translation library. New translations have to be added to web/src/assets/locales/en.json. The English source file will be automatically imported into Weblate (the translation system used by Woodpecker) where all other languages will be translated by the community based on the English source. You must not provide translations except English in PRs, otherwise weblate could put git into conflicts (when someone has translated in that language file and changes are not into main branch yet)

For more information about translations see Translations.