getting started contributing to jekyll admin (front end) & feature “specify folder to upload static files to”

Screenshot from 2017-04-25 04-32-28

I was able to get static file upload to a different directory. directory is automatically created by jekyll admin. Thumbnail even populates in http://localhost:3000/admin/staticfiles !

First steps for addressing:
Feature request: Specify folder to upload static files to #201

Next steps: make a little GUI button for toggling “assets” or something like that (not sure how to make it not an arbitrary folder, but still allow user input into it)

const foo = "static/" + staticfileAPIUrl(;

return fetch(foo, {
          method: 'PUT',
          body: payload



==================================== INSTALL ======================

my distribution had ruby installed already.

sudo apt install ruby-dev

git clone && cd jekyll-admin

sudo gem update –system

Gem::Ext::BuildError: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
An error occurred while installing rainbow (2.2.2), and Bundler cannot continue.

sudo gem install rake

Bundle complete! 9 Gemfile dependencies, 46 gems now installed.
Use `bundle show [gemname]` to see where a bundled gem is installed.
script/bootstrap: line 7: npm: command not found

sudo apt install npm

nrw@chai:~/projects/jekyll-admin$ script/server-frontend

sh: 1: npm-run-all: not found

npm install npm-run-all

nrw@chai:~/projects/jekyll-admin$ script/server-frontend

/usr/bin/env: ‘node’: No such file or directory

sudo apt install nodejs –> already installed’


curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs


sh: 1: babel-node: not found

nrw@chai:~/projects/jekyll-admin$ npm-run-all clean lint build:*
npm-run-all: command not found

nrw@chai:~/projects/jekyll-admin$ npm install babel-node

> babel-node@6.5.3 postinstall /home/nrw/projects/jekyll-admin/node_modules/babel-node
> node message.js; sleep 10; exit 1;

| Hello there undefined 😛 │
| You tried to install babel-node. This is not babel-node 🚫 │
| You should npm install -g babel-cli instead 💁 . │
| I took this module to prevent somebody from pushing malicious code. 🕵 │
| Be careful out there, undefined! 👍 │

npm install babel-cli


npm ERR! Failed at the jekyll-admin@0.4.1 start-message script ‘babel-node tools/startMessage.js’.

npm ERR! Make sure you have the latest version of node.js and npm installed.
npm ERR! If you do, this is most likely a problem with the jekyll-admin package,
npm ERR! not with npm itself.

nodejs –version

npm –version

npm update npm -g


nrw@chai:~/projects/jekyll-admin$ script/server-frontend
> jekyll-admin@0.4.1 remove-dist /home/nrw/projects/jekyll-admin
> rimraf ./lib/jekyll-admin/public

throw e;

Error: Couldn’t find preset “stage-0” relative to directory “/home/nrw/projects/jekyll-admin”


nrw@chai:~/projects/jekyll-admin$ npm install babel-preset-stage-0
throw e;

Error: Couldn’t find preset “react” relative to directory “/home/nrw/projects/jekyll-admin”
throw e;

Error: Couldn’t find preset “react” relative to directory “/home/nrw/projects/jekyll-admin”


npm install react


$ script/boostrap


==================================== static file URL ======================

// send the put request

return fetch(staticfileAPIUrl(, { method: ‘PUT’, body: payload })

vi staticfiles.js