Run Weavy on a developer workstation

When developing the integration between your app and Weavy it can often be useful to have a local instance of the Weavy backend on your development machine. This article explains the steps required to get it up and running on Windows, but the steps should be very similar on a Linux or Mac computer.


Download Weavy

The code is available on GitHub and the repo contains a fully functional ASP.NET MVC Core web application that you can download and build on your local machine.

In a terminal window, run the following command to clone the repository:

git clone

Instead of cloning, you can also fork the repo. This lets you make changes to the project and allows you to easily fetch updates when we release new versions of Weavy.

Create database

Open SQL Server Management Studio and create a new database (we suggest you call it weavy).

Configure app settings

Create a file named appsettings.json in the src folder. Add settings for database connection string and license as described below:

  "ConnectionStrings": {
    "Weavy": "server=localhost;database=weavy;trusted_connection=true;"
  "Weavy": {
    "License": "YOUR-LICENSE-KEY"

If you don't have a license key you can go to and sign up (for free) to get one.

Build and run

Once the repo is cloned, the database is created, and the app settings have been configured, you can build and run the application.

Open a terminal window in the src folder and run the following command:

dotnet run

Alternatively, if you have Visual Studio installed, you can also open the weavy-server.sln file and select "Debug > Start Without Debugging" from the menu (or press Ctrl+F5) to build and run the application.

That should be it. Open a browser and navigate to the endpoint displayed in the console window. If everything worked out you should see the Weavy logo on your screen.

If the application does not start, or if you get an error on startup, the console usually contains an error message describing the problem.

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