To develop a Probot app, you will first need a recent version of Node.js installed. Probot uses the
async/await keywords, so Node.js 7.6 is the minimum required version.
create-probot-app is the best way to start building a new app. It will generate a new app with everything you need to get started and run your app in production.
To get started, install the module from npm:
$ npm install -g create-probot-app
Next, run the app:
$ create-probot-app my-first-app
This will ask you a series of questions about your app, which should look something like this:
Let's create a Probot app! ? App name: my-first-app ? Description of app: A "Hello World" GitHub App built with Probot ? Author's full name: Katie Horne ? Author's email address: email@example.com ? Homepage: ? GitHub user or org name: khorne3 ? Repository name: my-first-app created file: my-first-app/.env.example created file: my-first-app/.gitignore created file: my-first-app/.travis.yml created file: my-first-app/LICENSE created file: my-first-app/README.md created file: my-first-app/app.json created file: my-first-app/index.js created file: my-first-app/package-lock.json created file: my-first-app/package.json created file: my-first-app/docs/deploy.md Finished scaffolding files! Installing Node dependencies! Done! Enjoy building your Probot app!
The most important files note here are
index.js, which is where the code for your app will go, and
package.json, which makes this a standard npm module.
To run your app in development, you will need to configure a GitHub App to deliver webhooks to your local machine.
https://example.com/and we’ll update it in a minute.
.env and set
APP_ID to the ID of the app you just created. The App ID can be found in your app settings page here
$ npm startto start the server, which will output
Listening on https://yourname.localtunnel.me.
You’ll need to create a test repository and install your app by clicking the “Install” button on the settings page of your app.
Once you’ve set the
APP_ID of your GitHub app in
.env and downloaded the private key, you’re ready to run your app.
$ npm start > probot run ./index.js Yay, the plugin was loaded! 18:11:55.838Z DEBUG Probot: Loaded plugin: ./index.js Listening on https://bkeepers.localtunnel.me
Optionally, you can also run your app through nodemon which will listen on any files changes in your local development environment and automatically restart the server. After installing nodemon, you can run
nodemon --exec "npm start" and from there the server will automatically restart upon file changes.
$ npm installand restart the server if
$ LOG_LEVEL=trace npm start
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