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Development Kit

In this section, we will provide all the information about how you can set up your development environment.

  • You will learn
  • What is the development kit?
  • How you can run the `axe-api` package in your machine?
  • How to install dev-kit?

Fork the repository

You must fork the axe-api repository to your GitHub account first.


You can use the Fork a repo docs of GitHub.


You don't need to fork the repository if you are a core team member.

Clone repository

You can clone the repository via your command line.

$ git clone{GITHUB_USERNAME}/axe-api.git


You should change the {GITHUB_USERNAME} with your GitHub username.

You can use SSH URL if you are a core team member.

Install dev-kit

Axe API provides built-in dev-kit scripts to manage your development environment.

You can use the following command in the root directory of the repository you cloned.

$ npm install
$ npm i -g knex typescript ts-node-dev
$ npm run dev-kit:install

You should be able to see the following message in your termianl;

$ dev-kit has been installed.

Run the dev-kit

It means that you are ready to execute the dev-kit in your local machine if you did not get any errors.

You can use the following command to run dev-kit;

$ npm run dev-kit

You should be able to see the following screen if everything goes correctly.


This message shows that your dev-kit API is running and it is ready to handle your API requests.


Whenever you change anything in the code, your dev-kit application would be compiled again.

Directory Structure

The installation scripts adds some folders and files to the axe-api project when you install dev-kit to your project. These files and folders actually represent a real Rest API application that uses axe-api.

Let's see the following folder structure in your axe-api project after you installed the dev-kit.

├── dev-kit
  ├── app
    ├── v1
      ├── Config
      ├── Events
      ├── Hooks
      ├── Models
      ├── init.ts
      ├── config.ts
    ├── config.ts
  ├── migrations
    ├── 20210509145612_User.js
  ├── knexfile.js
  ├── mydb.sqlite
├── src
├── index.ts
├── dev-kit.ts
├── ...


This file is the main file of the axe-api package. You will need to touch this file only if you need to export more types.


This file is the initial point of dev-kit. This file has been executing when you run the npm run dev-kit command. Basically, it creates an Axe API application which is located in the dev-kit folder by using the axe-api framework files.

Usually, you don't need to change this file.

dev-kit directory

In this folder, you have a Rest API structure that uses Axe API as a framework. You can change all files in this folder by your requirements.

For example; you can add a new model structure to test your Axe API changes. Your dev-kit application will be refreshed when you change the dev-kit folder.

src directory

This folder contains all of the core framework codes. It means that you are working on the core structure if you are changing a file in the folder.

Your dev-kit application will be refreshed when you change a file in the src folder.

Remove dev-kit

You can remove the dev-kit helpers whenever you want. Just execute the following command to remove dev-kit installation.

$ npm run dev-kit:remove


All of dev-kit files and folders have been added to the .gitignore file. You don't need to delete the dev-kit from your repository ever. You will not send your dev-kit files to the main axe-api projects.

Next steps

In this section, we've explained what is the development kit and how you can use it.

In the following section, we are going to talk about how you can manage your development databases.

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