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Ocelot.socialopen in new window is free and open source software program code to run social networks. Its development is supported by a community of programmers and interested network operators.

Our goal is to enable people to participate fairly and equally in online social networks. The equality of opportunity applies both to the fundamental equality of all people and to the possibility of letting their diverse voices be heard.

We therefore consider it desirable that operators offer such networks so that people can choose where they want to be on the move.

Our vision for the future is that at some point it should be possible to link these networks together (ActivityPub, Fediverse) so that users can also connect with people from other networks - for example, by friending them or following posts or other contributions.

If you would like to help set up this capability with us, please contact us.

In other words, we are interested in a network of networks and in keeping the data as close as possible to the user and the operator they trusts.


Post feed

Check out more screenshots hereopen in new window.

Features networks features:

  • news feed
  • posts
  • as articles and events
  • comments
  • filter
  • search
  • groups
  • map
  • user accounts
  • user roles
  • make your own branded network
  • and more …

Check out the full feature listopen in new window.

User Guide and Frequently Asked Questions

In the wikiopen in new window you can find more information.


Try out our live demo network, see here.

Help us

If you're wondering how you could help, there are plenty of ways, e.g.:

Your donation is very welcome and helps to enhance and improve the network. This software is mostly developed and maintained by the association busFaktor() in new window . Please support us with a donationopen in new window to busFaktor() e.V. . Thanks a lot! ❤️


Are you interested in operating your own network or becoming a user? Please contact us here:

For Developers and Contributors


Have a look into our short video: - GitHub - Developer Welcome - Tutorial (english)open in new window

Directory Layout

There are three important directories:

  • Backend runs on the server and is a middleware between database and frontend
  • Frontend is a server-side-rendered and client-side-rendered web frontend
  • Cypress contains end-to-end tests and executable feature specifications

In order to setup the application and start to develop features you have to setup webapp and backend.

There are two approaches:

  1. Local installation, which means you have to take care of dependencies yourself.
  2. Or install everything through Docker which takes care of dependencies for you.


Clone the Repository

Clone the repository, this will create a new folder called Ocelot-Social:

Using HTTPS:

$ git clone

Using SSH:

$ git clone

Change into the new folder.

$ cd Ocelot-Social

Live Demo and Developer Logins

Try out our deployed development environmentopen in new window.

Visit our staging networks:


Logins for the live demos and developers (local developers after the following installations) in the browser:


Docker Installation

Docker is a software development container tool that combines software and its dependencies into one standardized unit that contains everything needed to run it. This helps us to avoid problems with dependencies and makes installation easier.

General Installation of Docker

There are several ways to install Dockeropen in new window on your computer or server.

Check the correct Docker installation by checking the version before proceeding. E.g. we have the following versions:

# use Docker version 24.0.6 or newer
# includes Docker Compose
$ docker --version
Start Ocelot-Social via Docker Compose

ATTENTION: For using Docker commands in Apple Silicon environments see hereopen in new window.

Prepare ENVs once beforehand:

# in folder webapp/
$ cp .env.template .env

# in folder backend/
$ cp .env.template .env

For Development:

# in main folder
$ docker compose up

For Production:

# in main folder
$ docker compose -f docker-compose.yml up

This will start all required Docker containers.
Make sure your database is running on http://localhost:7474/browser/.

Prepare database once before you start by running the following command in a second terminal:

# in main folder while docker compose is up
$ docker compose exec backend yarn run db:migrate init
$ docker compose exec backend yarn run db:migrate up

Then clear and seed database by running the following command as well in the second terminal:

# in main folder while docker compose is up
$ docker compose exec backend yarn run db:reset
$ docker compose exec backend yarn run db:seed

For a closer description see backend.
For a full documentation of the Docker installation see summary.

Local Installation

For a full documentation of the local installation see summary.


Choose an issue (consider our label good-first-issueopen in new window) and leave a comment there. We will then invite you to join our volunteers team. To have the necessary permission to push directly to this repository, please accept our invitation to join our volunteers team, you will receive via the email, Github will send you, once invited. If we did not invite you yet, please request an invitation via Discord.

We are happy if you fork our repository, but we don't recommend it for development. You do not need a fork.

Clone this repository locally as described above, create your branch named <issue-number>-<description>, add your code and push your branch direct to this repository. Then create a PR by comparing it to our master.

!!! Be aware: Please don't compare from a fork, because the tests are breaking caused by credential problems.

Please run the following commands before you push:

# in folder backend/
$ yarn lint --fix
$ yarn test
# in folder webapp/
$ yarn lint --fix
$ yarn locales --fix
$ yarn test

Check out our contribution guidelineopen in new window, too!

Developer Chat

Join our friendly open-source community on Discordopen in new window 😻 Just introduce yourself at #introduce-yourself and mention a mentor or @@Mentors to get you onboard 🤓

We give write permissions to every developer who asks for it. Just text us on Discordopen in new window.


Deployment methods can be found in our deployment folder described in the README. Our branding template is our stage.ocelot.socialopen in new window repository. Place your branding repository inside deployment/configurations.

The only deployment method in this repository for production purposes is Kubernetesopen in new window for now. But we just started to develop a deployment for Docker Composeopen in new window as well.

The only deployment method with branding in this repository for development purposes as described above is Docker Composeopen in new window:

# in folder deployment/
# set your branding folder name in .env
# then run
$ docker compose up

The code is branded automatically. To setup the Neo4j database see above.

Technology Stack

For Testing


Locale Icons made by Freepikopen in new window from www.flaticon.comopen in new window is licensed by CC 3.0 BYopen in new window.

Browser compatibility testing with BrowserStackopen in new window.

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See the LICENSE file for license rights and limitations (MIT).