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Installation & configuration

This guide is for administrators who want to install, configure, and publish a Collectivo platform for their community.

Local installation

The following steps show you how to set up your own local instance of Collectivo.

Install the following requirements:

Add the following to your etc/hosts file (here is a guide).

etc/hosts keycloak

Clone the quickstart repository (or start your own repository by creating a fork).

git clone

Move into your new project folder.

cd collectivo-quickstart

Create an environment file.

cp .env.example .env

Build docker containers.

docker compose build

Start docker containers.

docker compose up -d

Install npm packages.

pnpm i

Start a development server for Collectivo.

pnpm dev

While Collectivo is running, in a separate terminal, apply migrations and example data.

pnpm seed

Go back to the previous terminal to see the migration logs.

The following services should now be available:

  • Collectivo (user app): http://localhost:3000/
  • Directus (data studio): http://localhost:8055/
  • Keycloak (access control): http://localhost:8080/admin/master/console/

Log in with the following example users:

  • Admin: / admin (Collectivo, Directus, Keycloak)
  • Editor: / editor (Collectivo, Directus)
  • User: / user (Collectivo)


The main settings of Collectivo can be configured in app.config.ts.

export default defineAppConfig({
    collectivo: {
        projectName: "My project",
        projectDescription: "Py project description",
        logoPath: "/img/logo.png",
        sidebarWidth: 130, // Pixels
        locales: ["de", "en"],

The following settings can be configured in collectivo/nuxt.config.ts.

  • Internationalization (see nuxt/i18n)
    • Change the default language: add i18n: {defaultLocale: 'en'} to nuxt.config.ts.

To add your own logo, place it in collectivo/public/img/logo.png. If you want to use a different path or filename, add the new path to logoPath in collectivo/app.config.ts.. The favicon can be defined in collectivo/public/favicon.ico.

Add an extension

To add an extension to Collectivo, add the name of the package in package.json and nuxt.config.ts. For more information, see Nuxt Layers.

Develop custom features

You can adapt Collectivo to add your own custom functionality. See development for more information.

Deploy to a server

To deploy Collectivo on a server, make sure to generate a new client secret in Keycloak and set fresh secrets in .env.

To setup a docker container for Collectivo, uncomment the template provided in docker-compose.yml.

You further need to set up a reverse proxy system and SSH certificates to make your instance of Collectivo publicly accessible.

A working example of a deployment setup using nginxproxymanager can be found in mila-server.

For further options on how to deploy a Nuxt app, see Nuxt Deployment.

Installing updates

To keep your system up-to-date, you have to update the packages in collectivo/package.json and the services in docker-compose.yml to the latest versions and then re-build all containers. Make sure to create a backup before installing updates.


  • To update javascript dependencies, run pnpm update collectivo -L
  • For Docker, see the latest versions of Directus and Keycloak
  • The Keycloak version is set in keycloak/Dockerfile