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nonshy website

This is the source code to the main website. It is written in Go and released under the GNU General Public License.

This website is open source and if you'd like to help work on it (fix bugs or contribute new features), you may sign up an account on the server. See the file for details.


You may need to run the following services along with this app:

The website can also run out of a local SQLite database which is convenient for local development. The production server runs on PostgreSQL and the web app is primarily designed for that.

Building the App

This app is written in Go: You can probably get it from your package manager, e.g.

  • macOS: brew install golang with homebrew:
  • Linux: it's in your package manager, e.g. apt install golang

Use the Makefile (with GNU make or similar):

  • make setup: install Go dependencies
  • make build: builds the program to ./nonshy
  • make run: run the app from Go sources in debug mode

Or read the Makefile to see what the underlying go commands are, e.g. go run cmd/nonshy/main.go web


On first run it will generate a settings.json file in the current working directory (which is intended to be the root of the git clone, with the ./web folder). Edit it to configure mail settings or choose a database.

For simple local development, just set "UseSQLite": true and the app will run with a SQLite database.


The nonshy binary has sub-commands to either run the web server or perform maintenance tasks such as creating admin user accounts.

Run nonshy --help for its documentation.

Run nonshy web to start the web server.

nonshy web --host --port 8080 --debug

Create Admin User Accounts

Use the nonshy user add command like so:

$ nonshy user add --admin \
  --email \
  --password secret \
  --username admin

Shorthand options -e, -p and -u can work in place of the longer options --email, --password and --username respectively.

After the first admin user is created, you may promote other users thru the web app by using the admin controls on their profile page.

A Brief Tour of the Code

  • cmd/nonshy/main.go: the entry point for the Go program.
  • pkg/webserver.go: the entry point for the web server.
  • pkg/config: mostly hard-coded configuration values - all of the page sizes and business logic controls are in here, set at compile time. For ease of local development you may want to toggle SkipEmailValidation in here - the signup form will then directly allow full signup with a user and password.
  • pkg/controller: the various web endpoint controllers are here, categorized into subpackages (account, forum, inbox, photo, etc.)
  • pkg/log: the logging to terminal functions.
  • pkg/mail: functions for delivering HTML email messages.
  • pkg/markdown: functions to render GitHub Flavored Markdown.
  • pkg/middleware: HTTP middleware functions, for things such as:
    • Session cookies
    • Authentication (LoginRequired, AdminRequired)
    • CSRF protection
    • Logging HTTP requests
    • Panic recovery for unhandled server errors
  • pkg/models: the SQL database models and query functions are here.
    • pkg/models/deletion: the code to fully scrub wipe data for user deletion (GDPR/CCPA compliance).
  • pkg/photo: photo management functions: handle uploads, scale and crop, generate URLs and deletion.
  • pkg/ratelimit: rate limiter for login attempts etc.
  • pkg/redis: Redis cache functions - get/set JSON values for things like session cookie storage and temporary rate limits.
  • pkg/router: the HTTP route URLs for the controllers are here.
  • pkg/session: functions to read/write the user's session cookie (log in/out, get current user, flash messages)
  • pkg/templates: functions to handle HTTP responses - render HTML templates, issue redirects, error pages, ...
  • pkg/utility: miscellaneous useful functions for the app.

Cron API Endpoints

In settings.json get or configure the CronAPIKey (a UUID4 value is good and the app generates a fresh one by default). The following are the cron API endpoints that you may want to configure to run periodic maintenance tasks on the app, such as to remove orphaned comment photos.

GET /v1/comment-photos/remove-orphaned

Query parameters: apiKey which is the CronAPIKey.

This endpoint removes orphaned CommentPhotos (photo attachments to forum posts). An orphaned photo is one that has no CommentID and was uploaded older than 24 hours ago; e.g. a user uploaded a picture but then did not complete the posting of their comment.

Suggested crontab:

0 2 * * *  curl "http://localhost:8080/v1/comment-photos/remove-orphaned?apiKey=X"