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Parabol is an open-source SaaS application for running team retrospectives and operating a distributed organization. We publish our company's history and business metrics, too.

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Stack Information

Concern Solution
Server Node
Server Framework uWebSockts.js
Database (Legacy) RethinkDB
Database PostgreSQL
PubSub & Cache Redis
Data Transport GraphQL
Real-time Connectivity trebuchet
Client Cache Relay
UI Framework React
Styling Emotion




$ git clone
$ cd parabol
$ cp .env.example .env # Add your own vars here
$ yarn
$ yarn db:start
$ yarn dev

By default, the app will run at: http://localhost:3000/

If yarn db:start failed and localhost:5050 isn't working, a docker container, volume or image may be corrupted and need to be pruned.

Build for production and start application:

$ yarn && yarn build && yarn start


  • Migrations are stored in packages/server/database/migrations
  • RethinkDB Dashboard is at http://localhost:8080


  • pgadmin is at http://localhost:5050

  • Connect using the values of PGADMIN_DEFAULT_EMAIL and PGADMIN_DEFAULT_PASSWORD from your .env

  • Click "Add New Server" and fill out the forms with your .env values

    • = 'postgres' (hardcoded from docker-compose dev.yml, not from .env!)
    • Connection.username = POSTGRES_USER
    • Connection.password = POSTGRES_PASSWORD
    • Connection.maintenanceDatabase = POSTGRES_DB
    • Connection.port = POSTGRES_PORT
  • Fill out the form with values from your .env. Set the host to postgres

Getting Involved

Parabol offers equity for qualified contributions.

See for more information on how to get involved and how to get compensated.

Have feedback, ideas or feature requests?

Please review our Discussions to see if there's already a similar suggestion, and if not please feel free to start a new one.

Helpful VSCode extensions

We use GraphQL for IntelliSense and syntax highlighting.


For details on all releases, refer to

Parabol Core Team


Copyright (c) 2016-present, Parabol, Inc.

This codebase is dual-licensed under the GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE, Version 3.0 while holding, at Parabol's sole discretion, the right to create new licenses. For details please read LICENSE.


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Parabol Info

⭐ Stars 1367
🔗 Homepage
🔗 Source Code
🕒 Last Update 8 months ago
🕒 Created 7 years ago
🐞 Open Issues 454
➗ Star-Issue Ratio 3
😎 Author ParabolInc