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GRaaS Quickstart for Evaluation purposes

NOTE: This option is for evaluation purposes only and not suitable for production

  1. Create a venv using server/app-engine/requirements-cloudless.txt
  2. Activate venv
  3. Run server/app-engine/ This will generate an ad hoc agency key pair. The public key is added to the cloudless DB, and a QR code is generated as server/app-engine/ad-hoc.png.
  4. Run python server/app-engine/ -c <path-to-cert.pem> -k <path-to-key.pem> .pem files constitute a self-signed https cert. See below on how to generate cert
  5. (optional) Put the server online using a tool like ngrok
  6. Authenticate web app by pointing browser to server URL and scanning QR code

GRaaS Instance Setup

Follow these instructions to set up your own instance of GRaaS.

  1. Clone or fork the GRaaS repo.
  2. From server/app-engine, set up a python virtual environment, and then run pip install -r requirements.txt to install dependencies.
  3. Create a new Google Cloud project (you will need to login to a Google user account first).
  4. Navigate to "Cloud Storage" and, if you haven't already, start a free trial. This is the one part of the setup where you'll need to put down a credit card - Google says you won't be charged without a warning.
  5. Follow the quickstart instructions here to install the latest SDK version, and then follow steps 1-4 of under "Initializing the Cloud SDK".

    • Verify installation by running gcloud --version from the command line
    • Verify that billing is enabled by running gcloud beta billing projects describe YOUR_PROJECT_NAME from the command line. Observe response like:

      billingAccountName: billingAccounts/XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX
      billingEnabled: true
      name: projects/YOUR_PROJECT_NAME/billingInfo
      projectId: YOUR_PROJECT_NAME

  6. Follow Google's instructions for Creating a service account and Setting the environment variable here. Grant the service account the role of "Storage Admin."

  7. Under IAM & Admin > IAM, grant your Google account email address and the service account with Storage Admin, Storage Object Admin, and Cloud Datastore Owner access.
  8. Follow steps 1-3 under Add Firebase to your Project. Enable Hosting.
  9. Navigate to the Firebase config object, and update server/static/firebaseconfig.js with the variables from your project.
  10. Generate keys for HTTPS authentication, by running the following command: openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:4096 -nodes -out cert.pem -keyout key.pem -days 365. This will generate two files, cert.pem and key.pem.
  11. You are ready to run the server locally: from your virtual environment, run python -c <path-to-cert.pem> -k <path-to-key.pem>. This should launch the local server - from a web browser, go to the URL listed (likely If the webpage loads correctly, continue to the next step.
  12. Follow instructions in the Onboarding Runbook to create a new test agency. Note that you'll need to replace the directory path 'graas-resources' in server/agency-config/gtfs/,server/app-engine/static/graas.js, server/app-engine/
  13. Once you have a new agency created, load the local web app again and scan the QR you've just created (you'll need to pull it up on a separate device, or print it).
  14. Deploy the app with gcloud app deploy.