Setting up the frontend for WebPulse

Learn how to set up an own instance of WebPulse Analytics front-end. The repo of the front end is

Getting started

  1. Clone the WebPulse Analytics front-end repository:
git clone
  1. Navigate to the cloned directory:
cd webpulseanalytics
  1. Create a .env file in the root directory of the project. The contents of the file should be as follows:
# WebPulse Analytics Frontend .env Configuration

# JSON Web Token (JWT) secret for cookie encryption

# GitHub authentication

# Base URL for your website

# MongoDB database configuration

Creating a new JWT Secret

The JWT_SECRET is the foundation for generating the HMAC-SHA-256 cryptographic key used in JWT signing for cookie encryption. It must be at least 32 characters. For development, any string works, but for a production environment, you want something better.

To fully represent 32 bytes as a strong secret, you can use this snippet in the Deno REPL:

// Generate 32 bytes of random data
const randomBytes = new Uint8Array(32);
await crypto.getRandomValues(randomBytes);

// Create a hex encoded string from the data
Array.from(randomBytes, (byte) => ("0" + (byte & 0xFF).toString(16)).slice(-2)).join("");

Note The resulting string will be 64 characters long - to create a strong secret, you convert 32 bytes of binary data into a 64-character long hex-encoded string. This conversion is necessary to ensure the secret can represent every permutation of 32 bytes of data.

Creating a new GitHub OAuth application

To get GITHUB_CLIENT_ID and GITHUB_CLIENT_SECRET, which are used for GitHub OAuth user authentication, follow these steps:

  1. Login to GitHub: Login to your GitHub account if you're not already logged in.

  2. Access Developer Settings:

    • Click on your profile picture in the top right corner.
    • From the dropdown menu, select "Settings."
  3. Create a New OAuth Application:

    • In the left sidebar, scroll down and select "Developer settings."
    • Under "OAuth Apps," click on "New OAuth App."
  4. Fill in OAuth Application Details:

    • Application Name: Choose a name for your OAuth application. This is the name that users will see when authorizing your application.
    • Homepage URL: This should match your application's base URL.
    • Application Description (Optional): You can provide a brief description of your application.
    • Authorization Callback URL: Set this to the GITHUB_CALLBACK_URL from your .env file. In your case, it's likely http://localhost:8000/api/auth/github/callback for a local development environment.
  5. Access Your GitHub OAuth Application:

    • Once you've filled in the details, click "Register application."
  6. Copy Your GitHub OAuth Application Values:

    • After registering the application, you will be taken to the application details page.
    • Here, you can find your Client ID and Client Secret. These are the values you need for the GITHUB_CLIENT_ID and GITHUB_CLIENT_SECRET in your .env file.

Start the server

To start the front-end server, run the following command:

deno task start

You will then be able to access the front-end at http://localhost:8000