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This document is the entry point for developers of Status. This guide is for anyone who is interested in building, developing, debugging or submitting a bug report, pull request or contributing to Status with code.

This guide is written with OS X in mind.

Build and Run


Windows-specific Setup Notes

Setting up a development instance in Windows requires some tweaks. Consider the following before attempting the following sections:

  • Make sure you run everything in a elevated command prompt (Right-click a link to Cmd.exe or Cygwin and click 'Run as Administrator')
  • Do not use the ./re-natal symlink. Write your own script that uses full relative paths, give it execution permissions with chmod +x, and use it instead. Script:
#!/usr/bin/env node
require('coffee-script/register'); require('./node_modules/re-natal/index.js');
  • In the root package.json edit "./" to ""
  • Any npm install commands (except for npm install -g global commands) should be done as follows, to avoid windows symlink problems: npm install --no-bin-links
  • Do not use Cygwin for npm install commands, use cmd.exe.
  • React-native is not bug-free. If you run into an error like error: bundling: UnableToResolveError: Unable to resolve module..., the guaranteed solution is to manually edit the require() statements to the full relative path. E.g. (crypt = require('crypto')) becomes (crypt = require('../../../../node_modules/crypto/package.json')).

Dependencies & Setup

$ git clone [email protected]:status-im/status-react.git -b develop && cd status-react

$ lein deps && npm install && ./re-natal deps && ./re-natal use-figwheel && lein re-frisk use-re-natal && ./re-natal enable-source-maps
$ mvn -f modules/react-native-status/ios/RCTStatus dependency:unpack
$ cd ios && pod install && cd ..

Building Status for Release

# fill in store file properties in android/
$ lein prod-build
$ react-native run-android --variant=release
# for iOS, build in Xcode

Building Status for Development

$ lein prod-build

$ ./re-natal use-android-device <device> # (genymotion, real or avd)
# or
$ ./re-natal use-ios-device <device> # (simulator or real)

$ ./re-natal use-figwheel

# new tab, run figwheel REPL
$ BUILD_IDS="ios,android" lein repl

# new tab, run react native packager
$ react-native start

# new tab, enable communication to react-native, figwheel and re-frisk debugging
$ adb reverse tcp:8081 tcp:8081
$ adb reverse tcp:3449 tcp:3449
$ adb reverse tcp:4567 tcp:4567
$ react-native run-android

$ react-native run-ios

Access Geth on Device

adb forward tcp:8545 tcp:8545
build/bin/geth attach http://localhost:8545


Please make sure your contributions adhere to our coding guidelines:

  • Code must be idiomatic Clojure, please refer to the style guidelines (i.e. use lein eastwood & lein kibit).
  • Code must be documented.
  • Pull requests need to be based on and opened against the develop branch.
  • Commit messages should be prefixed with the root namespace(s) under status-im that they modify.
  • e.g. "contacts, ios: add contact stylistic changes"


Only Github is used to track issues. (Please include the commit and branch when reporting an issue.) is used to overview issues in multiple repositories.

Code formatting

Please run lein eastwood and lein kibit before contributing.

Branch naming

Branch format must be under CATEGORY/PLAIN-TEXT-#ISSUE_NUMBER acceptable branches are;

feature/discover or bug/broken-form-#113

The following categories are; - feature/ for implementation of features - bug/ for fixing bugs - tests/ for unit/UI tests - experiment/ for non-features - wip/ for longer lived branches - junk/ for irrelevant/soon-to-be-deleted branches

Pull Requests

Pull Requests should by default use the develop branch as a base. The master branch is kept stable and develop is periodically merged there. Tags are used for releases. Each Pull Request must be rebased against develop and squashed into a single commit.

Commit messages

Commit message should help understand why (and what) has been fixed. Add a summary as first line if the message is too long. When fixing bugs the first line should be prefixed with [FIX #123].

As a good practice message starts with capitalized verb in the imperative mood.


Fork the repository on Github's web UI.

Clone your fork. Add the upstream as a remote.

$ git clone [email protected]:<you>/status-react.git
$ git remote add upstream [email protected]:status-im/status-react.git

Now you have two remotes: origin pointing to your fork and upstream pointing to the shared repo.

$ git fetch --all

Then isolate the bug/feature work you will do into a topic branch

$ git checkout -b bug/missing-contact-#116 upstream/develop

Keep your branch fresh against upstream

$ git fetch upstream
$ git rebase upstream/develop

If multiple people are working on the same feature branch don't forget to also

$ git rebase upstream bug/missing-contact-#116

When you are ready to make your pull request

$ git push origin

After PR has been reviewed do a final cleanup and squash your commit

$ git rebase -i upstream/develop
$ git push -f origin

Repository Overview

The Status application is divided into 6 core repositories;

  • status-react - our main react native application writtein in Clojurescript, Java & Objective C
  • go-ethereum - our branch of go-ethereum which contains our custom modifications in go-ethereum/status-develop
  • status-go - represents our binding to the go-ethereum lib and exposes methods to status-react to Java / Objective C.