EQUIP Observation Web Application

Run EQUIP yourself

If you don't want to use the public EQUIP app, you can install it yourself either locally, on a server in your network, or on a cloud service like heroku.

Teacher/Researcher instructions

Follow these instructions if you're not so familiar with how to run programs from the command line. If you're a developer yourself, skip down to the Developer instructions

Downloading EQUIP

If you're looking to do a local install, you'll first need to download the files. You have two options - the recommended way and the not-so-recommended way.

We recommend downloading EQUIP via git, the version control software used to maintain the source code. It's installed by default on most linux and mac machines, and can be installed on windows by going to https://git-scm.com.

Once you have git, open a command line ("terminal" on mac, control-alt-t on ubuntu and other flavors of linux), then run

git clone git@github.com:seanbeaton/dataObs.git

This should copy all the files into a directory called dataObs in your active directory (typically ~/, your home directory).

Github allows you to download a zip file of all the code for EQUIP. Doing it this way means you don't need git to download the files, but you won't be able to keep your installation up to date with all the latest feature and security updates.

Installing the requirements

Next up, you'll need to install meteor. Open a terminal if you don't have one open already, then running the following command

curl https://install.meteor.com/ | sh

Running the app

Now that you've got meteor installed and the app's files downloaded, you're ready to run the app. To do this, change directories into the app directory, ~/dataObs if you didn't specify it earlier using the following command:

cd ~/dataObs

Then run the app!


It might take a few minutes to get set up the first time. By default, the app will be running at the following url: http://localhost:3000.


So, the commands you'll need to run the first time are:

git clone git@github.com:seanbeaton/dataObs.git  # Download the files
curl https://install.meteor.com/ | sh  # Install meteor
cd ~/dataObs  # Move into the directory where EQUIP's files are
meteor  # Run the app

Then whenever you want to run the app again, run


again, and everything will be right where you left it.

To stop the app, press control-c while you're in the terminal window you used to start the app.

Developer instructions

There's a few options, one is a local install, another would be to use a cloud provider like heroku or atmosphere. You could also install it on a server somewhere in your network.

Local install

Install meteor and clone the project:

curl https://install.meteor.com/ | sh
git clone git@github.com:seanbeaton/dataObs.git  # or whichever fork you want

Then run meteor to run the app:


Install on heroku

Create a new app, provision a mongodb server (we use mLab), choose your dyno (it'll work fine on hobby or even free dynos).

Add a new buildpack, https://github.com/AdmitHub/meteor-buildpack-horse.git.

Set up your custom domain, if you want it.

Push the code to your new heroku app, and you're set. You may need to set the env var ROOT_URL to the root url of your app, https://www.equip.ninja/ for example.