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Electrode Explorer

An electrode application that allows you to view all the components in your organization, play with the components, read the component docs, view the different versions of the component, and more - All in your browser.
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Source #

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Prerequisites #

  • node: ">=4.2.0"
  • npm: ">=3.0.0"
  • Github access token

Overview #

This is a central place where you can view

  • demos of all the components under the organizations you specified
  • documentations of your components
  • dependencies your components have (dependencies)
  • other components/applications that depend on your components (usages)

There are 2 ways the components can update dynamically:

  1. Add GitHub hooks to send POST requests to /api/update/{org}/{repoName} when a new tag is created
  2. Enable ./server/poll plugin to set up cron job that sends the POST requests every day

It's recommended to use Method #1 to see updates in near real time.

After the server receives the POST request, it will fetch the package.json file under yourGithubUrl/org/repoName, update data/orgs.json and data/{org}/{repoName}.json files. If there is a newer version, it will try to download the new component through npm (scripts/install-module.sh) after a waiting period, babel transpile, and webpack the demo module (scripts/post-install-module.sh).

To make the server update immediately or force an update, add a url parameter to the POST request, /api/update/{org}/{repoName}?updateNow=1.

This post processing script works well with all electrode components (meaning components using our archetype). If you have non-electrode components, you can modify your scripts/post-install-module.sh to babel transpile and bundle your demo files.

Config #

// config/default.json
  "plugins": {
    "./server/poll": {
      "options": {
        "enable": true

  "githubApi": {
    "version": "3.0.0",
    "pathPrefix": "/api/v3",
    "protocol": "https",
    "host": "github.com"

  "ORGS": [
    // org/user names under which components will be included in the explorer
    // for example, put ["xxx", "yyy"] to include every repo under github.com/xxx and github.com/yyy

    // consumers need to contain one of these substrings to be included in usages
    // for example, put ["react"] so consumers named /*react*/ will be included in usages

    // consumers containing any of these substrings won't be included in usages
    // for example, put ["training"] so consumers named /*training*/ will be excluded in usages

    // only module names beginning with one of these strings will be included in dependencies
    // for example, put ["react"] so only modules with name starting with "react" will be included in dependencies

  "NPM_WAITING_TIME": 300000, // wait for 5 minutes before `npm install`

  "GHACCESS_TOKEN_NAME": "GHACCESS_TOKEN" // github token variable name, your token would be accessible via `process.env["GHACCESS_TOKEN"]`}

Start server #

First install dependencies

npm i

Export github access token or set it as an environment variable


For development mode

gulp dev



For production mode

gulp build


NODE_ENV=production node .



Deploy #

Since this is an Electrode application, it can be deployed the same way as any other Electrode app. You can use Heroku by following the steps in our Quick Start or use the More Deployments as a resource.

*Just remember to set your GitHub token as an environment variable.

Learn more #

Wish to learn more? Check our wiki page!