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# Create a New Project

To create a new project, run lucky init.

The wizard will walk you through naming your application, as well as giving you a few options to best customize your setup like authentication.

Lucky can generate different types of projects based on your needs such as Full or API based.

# Full

  • Great for server rendered HTML or Single Page Applications (SPA)
  • Webpack included
  • Setup to compile CSS and JavaScript
  • Support for rendering HTML


  • Specialized for use with just APIs
  • No webpack
  • No static file serving or public folder
  • No HTML rendering folders

# Skipping the Wizard

If you’d like to skip the wizard, you can run lucky init.custom my_app. This option supports all of the same options as the wizard does, but also with some additional flags for quick customization.

This option is great if you need to generate a Lucky app programmatically, or just prefer to get going right away.

# Generate a Full Web app with Authentication
lucky init.custom my_app

# Generate an API only app
lucky init.custom my_app --api

# Skip generating User Auth
lucky init.custom my_app --no-auth

# Customize the directory where your app is generated.
# Default is your current directory
lucky init.custom my_app --dir /home/me/projects

# Generate your application with security specs from BrightSec
lucky init.custom my_app --with-sec-test

Use the -h flag for a quick reference from the terminal.

# Start the Server

To start the server and run your project,

  • first change into the directory for your newly created app with cd {project_name}.
  • Next, you may need to update your database settings in config/
  • Then run script/setup to install dependencies
  • and finally lucky dev to start the server.

Running lucky dev will use an installed process manager (Overmind, Foreman, etc.) to start the processes defined in By default will start the lucky server, start asset compilation (browser app only), and run a system check.

Lucky will look for a number of process managers. So if you prefer Forego and someone else on your team prefers to use Overmind, lucky dev will work for both of you.

# Script Helpers

Your new Lucky project comes with a few helper scripts located in the script/ folder.

# Setup script

The first script you will use is the script/setup. You should run this after you first create your project. It will do a few things for you.

  • Run a system check script first.
  • Install Javascript dependencies. (browser app only)
  • Install Crystal dependencies.
  • Add a .env file if you don’t already have one.
  • Create your database. (Note: the configuration settings are in config/
  • Verify the connection to your database.
  • Run database migrations.
  • Seed your database with data.

# System check script

The script/system_check script is called when you run script/setup. It is also called every time you run lucky dev because Lucky defines a system_check process in your

The purpose of this script is to check that your system has everything it needs in order to run this application for local development. By default we check these things:

  • Ensure yarn is installed. (browser apps only)
  • Ensure you have a process manager (Overmind, Foreman, etc.)
  • Check that postgres client tools are installed.

You can also extend this script to include checks for additional systems you may need. (i.e. redis, elasticsearch, etc.).

# Bash function helpers

Located in script/helpers/function_helpers is a set of Bash functions used for writing a few simple checks for your Lucky app.

# The command_not_found function

return true if the command passed to it is not found.

if command_not_found "yarn"; then
  echo "Yarn is not installed"

# The command_not_running function

return true if the command passed to it is not currently running.

if command_not_running "redis-cli ping"; then
  echo "Redis is not running"

# The is_mac function

return true if you run this script on macOS.

if is_mac; then
  echo "Running on macOS"

# The is_linux function

return true if you run this script on linux.

if is_linux; then
  echo "Running on Linux"

There are a lot of Linux flavors out there. This should catch the most common ones at least.

# The print_error function

print your custom error message and exit to allow for stopping your process manager.

print_error "Redis is not running. Be sure to start it with 'brew services start redis'"

# Full example

You can use a combination of these functions to remind you of which services you need running every time you start your application for local development. For example, if your app uses background job processing, and you need redis running for that to work, then you could add this to your script/system_check.

if command_not_found "redis-cli"; then
  print_error "Redis is required, and must be installed"

if command_not_running "redis-cli ping"; then
  if is_mac; then
    booting_guide = "brew services start redis"
  if is_linux; then
    booting_guide = "sudo systemctl start redis-server"

  print_error "Redis is not currently running. Try using " $booting_guide
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