Our development environment uses docker-compose, so install Docker however you do it with your system. I use Arch Linux, so I install docker and docker-compose as two separate packages. Ethan uses Windows, so he installed Docker Desktop.


The backend uses Postgresql, Elasticsearch, and Python. Elasticsearch is finnicky with Docker. It uses more virtual memory than is provided by default. So this has to be modified.

For Linux, this is fairly easy. Add the following line to /etc/sysctl.conf:


And then run

sysctl -p

to reload.

Windows is considerably more difficult.

If you're running Docker Desktop with the WSL 2 backend, you have to make sure you have WSL 2 enabled and a WSL 2 distro installed (Ethan uses Ubuntu). Then enable Ubuntu in Docker Desktop settings>resources. Next, open a command prompt and type

wsl -d docker-desktop
sysctl -w vm.max_map_count=262144

I do not know if that is persistent. If you are not using the WSL 2 backend type

docker-machine ssh
sudo syctl -w vm.max_map_count=262144

I also do not know if that is persistent.

If any of this doesn't work, please refer to the Docker guide on


The frontend is far easier to get started. It is a react project set up using Yarn. Just clone it, install it, and start it.