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Configuring LibCrowds

This page details all of the core LibCrowds settings.

To copy the settings template:

cp local.config.js.tmpl local.config.js

Required Settings

The following are all set using defaults in the configuration template and are required for the application to run correctly.

Setting Description
company The company responsible for the platform.
brand The name of the platform.
tagline An inspiring tagline.
description An SEO optimised description of the platform.
pybossaHost The host for all PYBOSSA API calls.
libcrowdsHost The host where this application will be deployed

Optional Settings

The following can be added to the configuration file to enable additional functionality.


Add Google Analytics to the platform by providing your tracking ID. = {
  ua: 'UA-XXX-X'

This will enable event tracking for the following events:

Category Action Label Description
Downloads {type}_{format} Project name Data file is downloaded
Statistics view Project name Project statistics viewed
Contributions {project name} Collection name Answer submitted
Sorts {sort value} Collection name Main projects list sorted
Filters {filter value} Collection name Main projects list filtered

Tracking these events can help to determine the content that your users are most interested in. For example, monitoring the filters most used for a microsite can help determine the types of project that should be prioritised for release at a given time.

Social interactions will be tracked using the social media 'Share' buttons present on the site. However, note that this reports button clicks and does not guarantee that the user actually then went ahead and shared the page.

User IDs are used to track all registered and authenticated users.


Provide a URL to the platform's documentation that will be linked to from the main footer and all admin dashboard pages. ''


Add a contact email address to the main footer. = ''


Add a Facebook app ID to enable Open Graph integration.

config.facebook = {
  appId: '1234567890'

Add an additional list menu to the main footer.

config.footer = {
  title: 'Newsletter',
  items: [
    { text: 'Sign up', url: 'http://mailchimp.signup.url' }


Add a GitHub link to the main footer.

config.githubUrl = ''


Use Mapbox to present any maps present on the site.

config.mapbox = {
  id: 'mapbox.streets',
  publicApiToken: 'token'


Enable Sentry error tracking.

config.sentry = {
  public_key: '',
  private_key: '',
  project_id: ''


Adds a twitter link to the main footer and enhances the platforms Twitter cards with twitter:site meta tag.

config.twitter = 'mytwitterhandle'