Quickstart for setting up the local environment

This is the quickstart guide for developing Sourcegraph.

Install sg

At Sourcegraph we use sg, the Sourcegraph developer tool, to manage our local development environment.

To install sg, run the following in your terminal:

curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSLf https://install.sg.dev | sh

See the sg documentation for more information or ask in the #dev-experience Slack channel.

Ensure you have SSH setup for GitHub

Follow the instructions on Adding a new SSH key to your GitHub account for checking if you have an existing SSH for your current machine and setting one up if not.

Run sg setup

In the directory where you want the sourcegraph repository to be checked out, open a terminal and run the following command:

sg setup

Follow the printed instructions, which will guide you through the installation of all the necessary dependencies to start the local development environment.

Run databases

If you chose to run PostgreSQL and Redis without Docker (recommended) they should already be running. You can jump to the next section.

If you chose to run Redis and PostgreSQL with Docker, we need to run them:

sg run redis-postgres

Keep this process running and follow the rest of the instructions in another terminal.

Start Sourcegraph

If you are a Sourcegraph employee, start the local development server for Sourcegraph Enterprise with the following command:

sg start

This will continuously compile your code and live reload your locally running instance of Sourcegraph.

Navigate your browser to https://sourcegraph.test:3443 to see if everything worked.

Congratulations on making it to the end of the quickstart guide!

Running Sourcegraph in different configurations

If you want to run Sourcegraph in different configurations (with the monitoring stack, with code insights enabled...), run the following:

sg start -help

That prints a list of possible configurations which you can start with sg start.

For example, you can start Sourcegraph in the mode it uses on Sourcegraph.com by running the following in one terminal window

sg start dotcom

and then, in another terminal window, start the monitoring stack:

sg start monitoring

Additional resources

Here are some additional resources to help you go further: