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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log in after starting up Forem for the first time?

Seeding the database create an admin user (see Database) with the following credentials:

email: admin@forem.local
password: password

Once logged in as this admin user, you can turn on any authentication methods you'd like (see Authentication)

How do I build my local copy of the Ruby source code documentation?

cd docs
make ruby-doc

Then open .static/ruby-doc/index.html in the docs directory and browse the Ruby documentation

How do I enable logging to standard output in development?

By default Rails logs to log.development.log.

If, instead, you wish to log to STDOUT you can add the variable:


to your own .env file.

How do I see comments in the Feed?

On the home Feed, we only show comments above certain "score". It's likely the comments in the local environment will never meet this score. If you want to see comments locally, you will need to update the score of your local comments manually. Here's how:

  1. Open the terminal.
  2. Run rails dbconsole to open the PostgreSQL terminal. Alternatively, run psql PracticalDeveloper_development to open psql, the PostgreSQL terminal.
  3. Enter update comments set score = 30;.
  4. Type exit to leave the PostgreSQL terminal.

Note: dbconsole reads database information from config/database.yml which is always better since database configs might change in the future.

Once you refresh the app, you should be able to see some comments in the Feed.

How do I make someone follow me on my local environment?

In certain cases, for example when testing various functionalities, you may need to be able to make some user follow you. Here's how:

  1. Open the rails console by running rails c in your terminal.
  2. Get any user you want to follow you, for example user = User.first.
  3. Then make this user follow you: user.follow(your_username).

Boom, you have a new follower!

How do I remove / leave organization I created?

  1. Open the rails console by running rails c in your terminal.
  2. Enter the following commands:
    user = User.find_by(username: "your_username")
    organization_id = Organization.find_by(slug: "organization_slug").id
    user.organization_memberships.where(organization_id: organization_id).destroy_all

How do I add credits to my account?

If you ever want to add Listings locally, you must have credits on your account to "pay" for listing. Here's how:

  1. Open the rails console rails console.

  2. Enter the following commands:

    user = User.find_by(username: "your_username")
    Credit.add_to(user, 1000)

^ This will add 1000 credits to your account. But you know, you can't really buy anything with it :D

How Can I Reduce the Size of My Clones

forem clones are currently 1.5G due to old vendor/cache gem's committed to the git repo. Use the steps below to reduce your clone size by 80% -- meaning faster clone , deploy , log and less disk usage

# do a partial clone 
$ git clone --single-branch --branch main --filter=blob:none

see Advanced Git FAQ for more details and docs.