Local Collaboration

First, make sure you've installed Zed's backend dependencies.

Database setup

Before you can run the collab server locally, you'll need to set up a zed Postgres database.


This script will set up the zed Postgres database, and populate it with some users. It requires internet access, because it fetches some users from the GitHub API.

The script will create several admin users, who you'll sign in as by default when developing locally. The GitHub logins for these default admin users are specified in this file:

cat crates/collab/.admins.default.json

To use a different set of admin users, you can create a file called .admins.json in the same directory:

cat > crates/collab/.admins.json <<JSON

Testing collaborative features locally

In one terminal, run Zed's collaboration server and the livekit dev server:

foreman start

In a second terminal, run two or more instances of Zed.

script/zed-local -2

This script starts one to four instances of Zed, depending on the -2, -3 or -4 flags. Each instance will be connected to the local collab server, signed in as a different user from .admins.json or .admins.default.json.