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Setup a Windows development environment

You'll find below the instructions on how to setup a development environment for Gladys 4.

System prerequisites

Please follow these links to prepare your OS.

WSL Configuration

Please ensure your system uses WSL2 by running following command:

wsl.exe --set-default-version 2

From the Microsoft Store, search and install Ubuntu 20.04. This can take some time, dependong on your connection speed.

Microsoft Store Ubuntu

Now you can run Ubuntu; from your start menu please launch Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The first time you run Ubuntu, you will be asked to create a user.

Install system dependencies

First thing to do is to update distribution by running theses commands:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y && sudo apt autoremove -y
  • Libraries installation:
sudo apt install sqlite3 make g++ git coreutils tzdata nmap openssl gzip udev -y
  • Node.js 18 Installation:
curl -sL -o
sudo bash
sudo apt install nodejs -y

Alternatively you can use nvm to install and manage nodejs version.


The server is a Node.js app.

Clone Gladys Git repo

git clone gladys && cd gladys

Install NPM dependencies

cd server

As you probaly don't need to run every single integration when developing, we recommend you create a .env file in the server folder with the following content:


Then you can install server dependencies:

npm install

Start DB migration

npm run db-migrate:dev

Start the server

npm start

The server should be accessible at http://localhost:1443.


At the root of the git repo, do:

cd front

Install NPM dependencies

npm install

Start the frontend

npm start

The frontend should be accessible at http://localhost:1444.

Start server tests

Go to the server folder.

And run:

npm test

This will run Eslint + mocha tests. As it's painful to run eslint everytime, you can do:

npm run test-without-lint

If you want to run only mocha tests.

Start server tests only for a single service

To run the tests just for a single service, go to the server folder and run the command:

npm run test-service --service=tasmota

Start VSCode

You can launch Visual Studio Code from ubuntu by running command:

code .