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Quick Start Basics

Webaverse is composed of a number of opensource applications that work in tandem. Most of them can be installed and configured in your local dev environment easily following a few regular steps.

Clone and Setup

All the repos can be found under the Webaverse account at GitHub: The main ones required to stand up the Webaverse App can be found here: Webaverse Repos

To begin, clone a repo as you would any other git repo.

For example, WSRTC

# Clone the WSRTC repo

git clone

cd wsrtc/

Most of Webaverse can be started with NPM from NodeJS. As with any npm script, before running it for the first time, you should install the dependencies.

Install the dependencies:

# Install dependencies

$ npm install

Running Your Application

While most Webaverse apps can be started with the default npm start script. Some have other options such as npm run dev. Use npm run to list what scripts are available and/or read/edit package.json for more details.


Forever is a Node package for continuously running applications like services. Several of the Webaverse npm scripts actually start their respective applications within the context of Forever. For example, when running npm start from the App repo, npm runs:

forever start index.mjs -p

Managing Forever Processes

For those repos that utilize Forever to run their application, there are some Forever commands that can be useful:

* `Forever list`: will list any running processes
* `Forever stopall`: will stop all running processes
* `Forever restartall`: will restart all running processes
* ... `Forever --help` to learn more

Hot Recompiling

Some applications will hot recompile or recompile automatically when files within the application are changed. Many will not, though; in that case, in order to have your changes reflected, you'll have to stop the application entirely with npm stop and then restart it with npm start (or you can restart it more succinctly with npm stop && npm start).

Development Environment Setup

We prefer using VSCode for development, so the below notes reflect that toolset; however you should be able to adapt this guide to apply to any other IDEs.

Setup ESLint

  • For VSCode, go to your extensions tab and search for ESLINT

VSCode ESLint Setup

Or from the terminal run:

npm install eslint -g

eslint --init

Setup Cutom Host

While all of the Webaverse applications can be accessed locally with the default localhost hostname or IP, several of them require being served from https://, which means they must have a certificate to work properly. And a certificate will be associated with a particular hostname, which you can assign locally by altering your hosts file. Please follow this tutorial to setup a custom host.