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Learn how to quickly get started with the Revolt stack and contribute to the project.

System Requirements

Revolt is quite small, fragmented and easy to run which comes at the cost of a pretty demanding development environment, below are a few recommendations if you want to get started.

  • Modern multi-core CPU for Rust compilation, Ryzens are great for this job.
  • About 30gb of free disk space to ensure everything can be installed and built.
  • At minimum 12gb of free memory, I recommend having at least 16gb of system memory.
    • 500mb to run the Revolt stack
    • 8gb to run Visual Studio Code (includes rust-analyzer's 5gb memory usage)
    • 2gb to run Chromium (conservative estimate)

These do not apply if you're just working on the web app, you'll probably be fine with 2 gb of free memory or less.

Consider Alternatives

If you want to deploy Revolt in production, consider using revolt/self-hosted instead.

Read before continuing

The current contribution guidelines are here - please make sure to read those and commit to these before starting to change any code.


You need to have these tools installed and ready to go.

  • Node.js (v14+ recommended)
  • npm (bundled with Node.js) or yarn (classic)
  • Rust (use Nightly toolchain)
  • Docker
  • Git
  • Chromium (if you're just developing, Firefox is notoriously slow with web apps)
  • Firefox (if you're testing compatibility)

Setup Environment

To get started, first install the stack CLI.

# For npm users
npm i -g revolt-stack

# For yarn users
yarn global add revolt-stack

Now create a new folder where you want to install Revolt into.

mkdir /path/to/revolt
cd /path/to/revolt

And initialise everything:

revolt init
revolt env
revolt build

Working with Revolt

You can now open the Code workspace at the root of the directory you just installed the project to.

To run Revolt, simply open a terminal inside of any project folder or the root directory and run:

revolt run

You can now access the Web App at;


Certain features may need extra manual configuration.

  • Autumn requires you to manually create minio buckets. This issue is known and is being tracked here.

    To resolve this issue:

    • Open Autumn configuration here and take note of all the tags.x entries, e.g. attachments, avatars.
    • Open minio in your browser: http://localhost:9050
    • Login with the credentials: minioautumn / minioautumn
    • Press the plus button in the bottom left and create new bucket.
    • Create a bucket for each tag.