About the Noosfero directory

The Noosfero directory is a list of sites running Noosfero. It has two main purposes:

  • To serve as a showcase of work done with Noosfero
  • To be a central hub for discovering Noosfero sites when we finally add for federation.


For now, a JSON file is available with data from all the sites. The format should be self-explanatory and will not change, apart from adding new fields or metadata.

Adding a new site

Creating an entry

An entry on the directory is a directory named after the site, containing only lowercase letters (a-z), numbers (0-9), ‘_’ (underscore) and ‘-’ (hiphen). This directory must have the following files:

  • screenshot.png: must be a 1024x768 PNG image (mandatory)
  • data.yaml: a YAML data file. It must be encoded in UTF-8, and contain at least the following fields:
    • name: Name of the site (mandatory)
    • url: public url of the site (mandatory)

On the directory repository, all entries will be stored under the data/ directory. Example:

├── data.yaml
└── screenshot.png

The contents of data/softwarelivre/data.yaml looks like this:

name: Software Livre Brasil
url: http://softwarelivre.org/

Submitting your entry

There are two ways to submit an entry:

  • If you are confortable with gittlab and git, you can send a merge request against the repository on Gitlab. The merge request must include the entry inside the data/ directory, just like the others. This is the preferred method.

  • If you are not comfortable with using git, you can also compact your entry (e.g. as .tar.gz or .zip), create an an issue on Gitlab and attach your compacted file to the issue.


Make sure you have installed: * nanoc * rsync * git * imagemagick * shunit2 * make

make deploy