Hosting your own Forem instance

The codebase that powers DEV is being generalized to empower other communities. We've just started this journey, but we're excited to see where it takes the platform.

We aren't quite ready for mainstream adoption of our platform, Forem, but that hasn't stopped some adventurous developers from standing up new communities.

This page is designed to serve as an FAQ and a checklist of considerations that are relevant to the goal of eventually hosting your own version of our community platform.

Current limitations

  • We do not currently have a versioning system that will allow us to share fixes and improvements with modified versions of the code.
  • We aren't able to ensure support for new instances built from this project, yet.

License restrictions

  • Certain aspects of the app are currently hardcoded. For instance: logos, certain elements of content, etc. If you were to host the current version of the app, you would be inadvertently impersonating the core Forem/DEV project.
  • Forem/DEV has commercial licenses for certain design components as described in our Design License Info section. These licenses are specific to the Forem/DEV project, and may not extend to self-hosted versions.

I want to stand up my own entity using the Forem codebase, how can I help?

  • You can help us to generalize the code by removing DEV-specific language and images and replacing them with environment variables or database tables as appropriate.
  • You can commit to staying in very close coordination with us as we navigate the process together.

The long-term benefits of doing this the right way far outweigh the short-term gains of spinning something up without consulting us. If you are interested in getting started with this process, let us know!